Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

The CPS model is a proactive and collaborative, relationship building model. It is based on the premise that concerning behaviour occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child's capacity to respond adaptively. The emphasis of the model isn’t on the concerning behaviour(s) but on identifying the skills the child is lacking and the expectations they are having difficulty meeting. The goal is to help children and parents solve problems rather than trying to modify the behaviour. The goal is to move development forward, and teach lagging skills to the child, while at the same time solving problems in a manner that is mutually acceptable to both the child and the parent.

Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach.

"Kids do well if they can…If they’re not doing well, we adults need to figure out why, so we can help." - Dr. Ross Greene

Walking Tour for Parents

For an extensive guide through the three components of Dr. Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model as found on his Lives in the Balance website. Here you will find videos and accompanying materials to help you understand and implement the CPS model with your child.

Take 5 for Adult - brief video (6 min.) overview of CPS

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