- While Dr. Ross Greene originally called his model "Collaborative Problem Solving" -- and referred to his work by that name in his books and scientific papers until 2013 -- he now refers to his model as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS).
- The name change was prompted by legal action taken by Massachusetts General Hospital, which demanded that Dr. Greene relinquish his intellectual property (he refused) and ultimately took legal action to prohibit Dr. Greene from referring to his model as "Collaborative Problem Solving."
- MGH continues to market a product called "Collaborative Problem Solving" through its "Think:Kids" program, even though neither MGH nor the director of the “Think:Kids” program, Stu Ablon, had any involvement in originating or developing Dr. Greene’s approach. Stu Ablon and "Think:Kids" also continue to improperly cite the research on Dr. Greene’s model as evidence of the effectiveness of the product they are calling "Collaborative Problem Solving," and MGH continues to conflate its product with Dr. Greene's model (as in this article that appeared in MGH’s Proto magazine in 2015).
- Dr. Greene has not been associated with "Think:Kids" or MGH since 2008, is not associated with Stu Ablon or any other individuals who are providing workshops and training on and marketing “Collaborative Problem Solving,” and does not approve of what MGH and Stu Ablon have done with his work (nor the way in which they've gone about doing it).
- Dr. Greene feels strongly that his model should be trained and disseminated with fidelity -- so that it helps kids and caregivers well into the future -- and that individuals and institutions that are disseminating his work should conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the principles of the model. That's why he founded Lives in the Balance, the non-profit organization through which he disseminates his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model. The Lives in the Balance website contains a vast array of free resources for people who want to learn more about the CPS model, and Lives in the Balance provides affordable consultation and training on the model to schools, treatment facilities, and other organizations.
Quote of the Day:
"Individuals with a heavy dose of psychopathic traits are potentially harmful to professional relationships. For example, their grandiosity (and) sense of entitlement...lead to conflict and rivalry with bosses and coworkers...some may even steal or defraud. (Yet) they often are successful by most standard definitions of career success, and their destructive personality characteristics are invisible to most of the people with whom they interact. One might think that abusive, deceitful behavior toward coworkers would eventually lead to disciplinary action and termination. But this is often not the case. Psychopaths can be very charming...when it is to their advantage, they can display a charisma that can disarm and beguile even the most wary individuals." Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work