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CANCELED: Managing Explosive and Behaviorally Challenging Children with Dr. Ross Greene (Birmingham)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
8:00 am4:30 pm

Canterbury United Methodist Church
350 Overbrook Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35213

This workshop will be a review of Dr. Ross Greene's evidence-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model. 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 physical, chemical, and mechanical restraints.

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

• Participants will learn the six key themes of the CPS model, and how the model focuses on problems (and solving them) rather than the behaviors that are being caused by those problems (and modifying them); the advantages of collaborative (rather than unilateral) problem solving, and the importance and feasibility of proactive (rather than reactive) intervention.
• Participants will learn how to identify and assess the various cognitive skills that are central to adaptively handling life’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges
•Participants will learn how to identify and prioritize the unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior
• Participants will learn the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each, and the three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B
• Participants will learn how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
is the originator of the innovative, research-based model of intervention now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the documentary film, The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which aims to disseminate the CPS model and support caregivers through a vast array of free web-based resources; advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers; and advocate for systemic changes to encourage the use of non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Dr. Greene’s research has been funded by the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. He lectures and consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world.

8:00-9am: Check-In
9am-4:30pm: Training
Lunch on your own

5.5 NBCC & Social Work CEs are available for only $55 for pre-registered participants!
*Payment due prior to training date or cost is $75 for walk-ins

Note: There's no cost for foster parent CEs or DHR employees. County and State slots will be allotted for DHR staff. Questions regarding DHR slots can be directed to

CAS is an approved Continuing Education Provider for ABSWE (#0039).
Children's Aid Society of Alabama is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. Children's Aid Society of Alabama is responsible solely for all aspects of the program.
(NBCC Provider #6459)

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