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, the one-day Introductory trainings (posted at the bottom of this page) are usually a good place to start. If you're ready for the next level, there are Advanced, Skill 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. Below -- and here if you need to print it -- is a more detailed description of these options. But we're also happy to discuss things more personally...just CONTACT us and we'll make it happen.


If your school, inpatient unit, residential facility, treatment program, or juvenile detention facility needs help implementing the CPS model, the non-profit Lives in the Balance offers a wide variety of training options tailored to your needs, and they're not going to charge you an arm and a leg to make sure you get what you need. The goal is to provide high-quality coaching and supervision so you can respond more effectively to your most vulnerable, at-risk kids. If you or your staff are relatively new to the CPS model, Lives in the Balance provides half- and full-day workshops. These trainings 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.

Another option is the 15-week proficiency training, in which a Lives in the Balance trainer works with 8-10 staff (known as the “core group”) by teleconference.  This training requires that participating staff practice the two key facets of the model (the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems [ALSUP] and Plan B), 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.

But...if your school or facility only needs one supervision session -- perhaps to help you get things organized -- that's all you'll get. If you need help using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems and Plan B, that's what you'll get. If you've been using the model for a while but feel like your staff needs a tune-up, a tune-up is what you'll get. If you need help with a particular child, we're happy to assist there as well. If you need a one-day workshop to introduce the model to your entire staff, we do that too. And if your administrators and leaders need consultation to help you grapple with the logistical and structural changes that facilitate the implementation of CPS, we're ready for you. So if you'd like to talk to an actual person, contact Lives in the Balance and they'll help you figure it out. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, and French.


Lots of options here too, beginning with ADVANCED TRAININGS, which 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 locations throughout 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 are the locations and dates for upcoming advanced trainings:

Neenah, Wisconsin (December 12-13, 2019) Register 
Sanibel Island, Florida (January 30-31, 2020) Register
Richmond, Virginia (March 17-18, 2020) Register
Appleton, Wisconsin (April 16-17, 2020) Register
Portland, Maine (July 8-10, 2020) Registration opens soon
Ørsta, Norway (August 10-11 2020) Registration opens soon
Stockholm, Sweden (August 13-14, 2020) Register
Oslo, Norway (September 21-22, 2020) Registration opens soon
Toronto, Ontario
(December 3-4, 2020) Registration opens soon

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

Another option is CERTIFICATION TRAININGS, which 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 provide the model in their schools and outpatient settings and to begin receiving training in speaking on the CPS model and providing consultation, supervision, and coaching to train others. These trainings typically commence in September each year, and, in addition to English, are offered in Swedish, Danish, and, French. Please submit your application here. If you have questions, please read our FAQs and/or contact us at

SKILL ENHANCEMENT TRAININGS 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). 

Date City Sponsor/Program Speaker Registration
January 13 Roslyn Harbor, NY Nassau TRACT Teacher Center Ross Greene, PhD Register
January 21 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 15 San Francisco, CA Learning & the Brain Conference: Educating Anxious Minds Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 17 Atlanta, GA Attachment Trauma Network Third Annual National Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 19-20 Madison, WI Wisconsin School Counselor Association, 55th Annual Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 27 Chicago, IL Glenbard Parent Series Ross Greene, PhD Register
March 27 Glassboro, NJ Little Hands Family Services Ross Greene, PhD Register
August 12 Norrköping, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspektiv  Ross Greene, PhD Register


Dr. Greene and his colleagues will be speaking in many additional locations in the US, Canada, and abroad in 2020...details are forthcoming. A significant portion of the proceeds from these workshops are donated to the non-profit Lives in the Balance.

*Dr. Greene called his model "Collaborative Problem Solving" prior to 2013, but now refers to the model as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). 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.