Workshops and Training


Whether you're a clinician, educator, or parent, if you're seeking additional exposure to and expertise in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model, there's a training option to meet your needs. If you're relatively new to the model, one-day Introductory trainings are usually a good place to start (those are listed below). If you're ready for the next level, there are AdvancedSkill Enhancement, and Certification trainings to help you further develop your skills. There are also a variety of conferences held annually throughout the world. And if you're interested in having the entire staff trained in the model in your school, inpatient psychiatry unit, therapeutic group home, or residential or juvenile detention facility, we'll make sure you get what you need...and we'll make sure it's affordable, too. (By the way, we aren't going to charge you or your school/facility/organization an annual fee for the privilege of doing the right thing for kids!) Below is a more detailed description of these options, along with virtual trainings that have been created in response to the pandemic.


Lives in the Balance is hosting a 2-day virtual training with Dr. Greene September 17-18...details and registration here. If you don't want to wait that long, you can watch his recent one- and two-day webinars through pay-per view.


If your school, inpatient unit, residential facility, treatment program, or juvenile detention facility needs help implementing the CPS model, Lives in the Balance offers a wide variety of training options tailored to your needs. The goal is to provide high-quality coaching and supervision so you can respond more effectively to your most vulnerable, at-risk kids. Here are some options:


If you or your staff are relatively new to the CPS model, Lives in the Balance offers half- and full-day workshops, which provide a general overview of the CPS model (key themes, use of assessment instrumentation, and  solving problems collaboratively), and can be provided either on-site or by webinar.


For a more intensive introductory experience, we provide a two-day on-site introductory training. The addition of the second day allows for presenting video examples of the CPS model, along with greater opportunity for practice, processing, discussion, and questions.


In our 15-week proficiency training, a Lives in the Balance trainer works with 8-10 staff (known as the “core group”) by teleconference. This training helps key staff become proficient in the the two key facets of the model  (the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems [ALSUP] and Plan B), and requires that participants submit work samples to the trainer via Dropbox, and participate in weekly one-hour weekly group coaching and  feedback sessions. The goal of the training is to help staff become proficient in using the ALSUP and Plan B so as to model these facets for other staff, thereby facilitating the spread of CPS through the school or facility. The  core group is typically comprised of a cross-section of administrators and classroom teachers/line staff. Key prerequisites for participants are (a) an open mind, (b) a willingness to practice the model between sessions, and  (c) the courage to receive feedback in a group format.


No, we're not going to teach staff how to recognize that a student is becoming escalated (staff already know when a student is becoming escalated...and, by the time a student is becoming escalated, you're in crisis managementmode). And we're not going to teach staff how to safely restrain and seclude students (also crisis management). We're going to help staff become almost totally proactive in identifying the expectations  students are having difficulty meeting (known in the CPS model as unsolved problems), and we're going to help staff learn how to solve those problems collaboraratively and proactively. Along the way, we're going to help  with the logistical factors that so often set the stage for restraint and seclusion (e.g. lack of awareness of student medication changes, the belief that restraint and seclusion are necessary and promote safety, placing  expectations on students that it's quite clear they can't meet). Then we're going to watch your rates of restraints and seclusions plummet. 

If you want to talk to real human being about any of these options -- or if none of these options meets your needs -- contact Lives in the Balance and we'll help you figure it out. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, and French.


Lots of options here too:


Advanced trainings provide participants with additional exposure to and instruction in key facets of the CPS model, video examples of its application, and model updates. These trainings are offered in various locationsthroughout the world. The advanced trainings are for those who have had some prior exposure to the model, often through attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s one-day introductory trainings (see below), as well as for those  who have already attended a prior advanced training and have been actively applying the model in clinical work or in a treatment or education setting. All advanced trainings are taught by Dr. Greene. Here's the schedule for 2020 (so far):

Portland, Maine (July 8-10, 2020) THIS TRAINING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 (please see alternative virtual training options at the top of this page)
Oslo, Norway (August 10-11 2020) Register
Bergen, Norway (September 21-22, 2020) Register
Toronto, Ontario
(December 3-4, 2020) Register

If you can't make it in person, a version of the advanced training is available in DVD and streaming video formats.


Certification trainings are designed for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers interested in developing proficiency in the application of the CPS model and training others. The training provides supervised  practice and feedback in two components, both comprised of weekly, 60-90 minute teleconference supervision sessions. The first ten week component involves a precertification training, and focuses on use of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems [ALSUP] and Plan B. Participants who successfully complete this precertification training are eligible to participate in the subsequent component, a 14-week training in which skills related to explaining the model, demonstrating it, and coaching it are the focal point. Each supervision group is limited to six participants, and we typically run multiple groups simultaneously. Submission of weekly work samples are required, so access to a sufficient number of kids and families/teachers is necessary. Upon successful completion of this training, participants are eligible to demonstrate, coach, and provide feedback to staff in their schools and provide the model in their outpatient setting or therapeutic facility. Certified providers are also eligible to begin receiving training in speaking on the CPS model and providing consultation, supervision, and coaching to train others outside of their settings. These trainings typically commence in September each year, and, in addition to English, are offered in Swedish, Danish, and, French. Please click on the link to submit your application. If you still have questions, please read our FAQs and/or contact us at


These training are an alternative to the lengthier, more intensive 24-week certification trainings (see below). Over the course of five 60-minute group teleconference sessions, participants receive coaching and feedback  from certified providers in CPS to increase their skills in the application of the CPS model. The first 1-2 sessions are focused on the use of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). The remaining  sessions are focused on Plan B, and involve having participants audiotape their use of Plan B with actual kids and their caregivers so as to receive highly individualized coaching and feedback. Registration is limited to six  participants per training. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, and French. To complete an application, click here. For more information contact us at


Finally! A SKILL ENHANCEMENT COURSE for parents! If you want to practice and improve your CPS skills, this 5-week course -- conducted entirely by teleconference -- is what you've been waiting for. The first 1-2 sessions are focused on the use of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). The remaining sessions are focused on Plan B, and involve having participants audiotape their use of Plan B -- with your kids -- so that we can provide you with individualized feedback and help you get better. Registration is limited to six participants per training. To complete an application, click here. For more information, and to register, contact us at

Lives in the Balance often sponsors free evening workshops for parents...they're posted here when they're finalized.


No, we're not done yet! Lives in the Balance hosts an ANNUAL SUMMIT in Portland, Maine. The 2019 Lives in the Balance Annual Summit -- with the theme Diversity and Collaboration Come Together -- was held on November 15th, and featured keynote speakers Dr. Bettina Love -- Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia and the author of the recently-released book, We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom -- and Charity BellThe day also featured breakout groups on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions for parents, educators, and clinicians. The date for the 2020 Summit is November 13th.

Lives in the Balance also hosts an annual CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE in Norwood, Massachusetts. The 2020 conference will be held on October 22-23 in Norwood, Massachusetts, featuring Peter Vermeullen and Christopher Willard. Mark your calendar!


Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide one-day introductory trainings on the CPS model, and these are open to educators, clinicians, and parents. The workshops listed below vary in length and there may be an admission charge to attend, depending on the sponsor of each seminar. If you're interested in having Dr. Greene or one of his colleagues speak to or for your group or organization, just use the Contact form on this website.

If there aren't any upcoming workshops in your area, you can access Dr. Greene's one-day introductory training through streaming video or downloadable MP4 video or MP3 audio formats or by purchasing a DVD (click here). Many workshops that were previously listed for spring and summer have been cancelled or postponed due to safety issues related COVID-19. Be safe! And check out the virtual training options at the top of this page.

Date City Sponsor/Program Speaker Registration
July 30 Alabama (webinar) Children's Aid Society of Alabama Ross Greene, Ph.D. Register



If you're interested in learning more about any of the above options, just use the Contact form on this website. 

*Collaborative & Proactive Solutions is a registered trademark owned by Dr. Greene. While Dr. Greene called his model "Collaborative Problem Solving" prior to 2013, he is not affiliated in any way with individuals or institutions that are now marketing a product called "Collaborative Problem Solving," and does not recommend or endorse their work. Read more here.