Seeking additional exposure to and expertise in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions* model? Whether you're a clinician, educator, or parent, you have many training options. 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 (and many can be viewed live via the web). If you're ready for the next level, there are Advanced, Certification, and Skill Enhancement trainings to help you further develop and enhance your skills. There are also a variety of conferences held 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, scroll down a little and you'll find what you're looking for.


if you're interested in having staff in your school, inpatient psychiatry unit, therapeutic group home, or residential or juvenile detention facility trained in Dr. Greene's CPS model, you'll want to check out the possibilities for ongoing consultation and training provided by Lives in the Balance. You'll receive training specifically tailored to the needs of your staff and facility, and the affordability will probably surprise you.


Advanced trainings for educators and clinicians 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, 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 schedule for trainings in 2016:

Portland, Maine (July 12-14, 2017) Register
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin - 31st Annual Door County Summer Institute (July 31-August 4, 2017) Register
Malmo, Sweden
(August 14-15, 2017) Register
Stockholm, Sweden (August 17-18, 2017) Register

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


Certification for Providers:  In this course, Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide supervised practice and feedback aimed at developing proficiency in the application of the CPS model for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers who work directly with challenging youth and their caregivers. Registration is limited to 10-12 participants per training. Participants audiotape their use of the model with actual kids and their caregivers and receive weekly feedback on their application of the model in 24 weekly, 90-minute group teleconference supervision sessions. Prerequisite: prior attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s advanced trainings (see above) and access to a sufficient number of kids and caregivers to permit audio-taping of the use of the model over time. (The introductory trainings below do not satisfy the advanced training requirement.) Upon successful completion of this certification training, participants are eligible to provide the model in schools and outpatient settings and to begin receiving training in speaking on the CPS model and providing consultation, supervision, and coaching to train others. (If you're interested in having a larger group of staff in your school or therapeutic facility trained in the CPS model, contact Lives in the Balance in the next section.)

These trainings commence in September of each year. If you're interested in participating in the trainings commencing in September, 2017, please download and complete the application form (click here). If you have questions about the form or the training, please call or email Lisa Hunter-Romanelli at the REACH Institute, the sponsor of these trainings, at 212-947-7322 or


Designed for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers working directly with challenging youth and their caregivers, this course is an alternative to the lengthier, more intensive 24-week certification training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). 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 session is focused on honing skills in using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP).  The remaining four 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 explicit coaching and feedback. Registration is limited to six participants per training. For more information, and to register, contact us at


These three-day conferences feature dynamic, cutting-edge speakers on a vast array of topics related to school mental health and the implementation of non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions for at-risk students, and are co-sponsored by Lives in the Balance and Jack Hirose & Associates:

Toronto, Ontario: May 3-5, 2017 Register
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: May 10-12, 2017 Register 


The Sixth Annual Lives in the Balance Summit was held in Portland, Maine, on November 4, 2016, and featured speakers from across the globe reporting on their applications of and research on the CPS model in families, schools, and therapeutic settings. Handouts and streaming video of the presentations from the day can be found here. Thanks to the more than 300 participants who contributed to an amazing day! The program for 2017 will be posted here soon!


The Lives in the Balance 2016 Annual Summit on Non-Punitive, Non-Adversarial Interventions for At-Risk Kids was held in Goteborg Sweden, in November. Over 400 participants heard presentations from Peter Vermeulen, Bo Hejlskov Elvén, Pelle Sandstrak, Christian A. Stewart-Ferrer, and Dr. Greene. Streaming video of many of the presentations can be found here (the first presentation is in Swedish, the rest are in English.) The program for 2017 will be posted here soon!


Thanks to the G.E.A.R. Parent Support Network for teaming up with Lives in the Balance again for another special evening training for parents in Hampden, Maine, on Monday, April 10th...we'll be posting additional trainings for parents here once they're finalized.


Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide one-day introductory trainings on the CPS model. 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
April 27 Charleston, WV West Virginia School Psychologists Association Ross Greene, PhD Register
April 28 Summerside, PEI Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 1 Kelowna, BC (same workshop as next day) Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 2 Kelowna, BC (same workshop as day before) Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 13 Seymour, IN Seymour Community Schools Ross Greene, PhD
August 16 Halmstad, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspectiv Ross Greene, PhD Register

A significant portion of the proceeds from these workshops are donated to the non-profit Lives in the Balance. Dates and locations are updated continuously. Additional dates/locations will be posted here soon...

*Dr. Greene referred to his model as "Collaborative Problem Solving" prior to 2013, but now calls his model 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.

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