Proactive Solutions: Understanding Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

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Session Dates

Thursday October 05, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


This training event features Dr. Ross Greene´s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) for working with behaviorally challenging students as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Using Beings. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and restraints.

The CPS model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual. It focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior; emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions; encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention; de-emphasizes diagnostic categories; and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.

Participants attending this training will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years, and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in diverse settings.


  • Describe how explanations for and interpretations of challenging behavior in students can lead to dramatically different approaches to intervention
  • Define how and why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids
  • Identify and assess the various cognitive skills that are central to adaptively handling life’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges
  • Identify and prioritize unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior
  • Describe the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids.
  • Define the three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B as define by the CPS model
  • Describe how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior


Parents, Teachers of Emotional Support Students, Special Educators, School Counselors, General Education Teachers, Administrators

Individuals attending this workshop must arrive on time and stay the duration of the workshop in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Dr. Ross Greene

Event Contact:


Karen Weaver
800-446-5607 x6842


Tina Lawson