“Kids do well if they can.”
—Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is an evidence-based model of psychosocial treatment originated and developed by Dr. Ross Greene, and described in his books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Raising Human Beings, and Lost & Found.
Rather than focusing on kids’ concerning behaviors (and modifying them), CPS helps kids and caregivers solve the problems that are causing those behaviors. The problem solving is collaborative (not unilateral) and proactive (not reactive). Research has shown that the model is effective not only at solving problems and improving behavior but also at enhancing skills.
In countless families, general and special education schools, group homes, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, the CPS model has been shown to dramatically reduce concerning behavior and dramatically reduce or eliminate discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and the use of restraint and seclusion.
This website connects you to vast array of resources, including a variety of learning and training options and over 200 providers in 16 different countries. And you’ll find lots of additional resources—including the research supporting the effectiveness of the model—on the website of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance.