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Ross Greene to speak on behavioral challenges

posted Feb 11, 2012, 11:10 AM by Christine Guth   [ updated Feb 11, 2012, 11:18 AM ]

The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Understanding and helping kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges

adult and child paddling a canoe
Speaker: Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Oaklawn
When: Friday, March 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (lunch included)
Where: Riverside Terrace, 426 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN
Cost: $65. More info on Oaklawn website.
Description: Dr. Ross Greene is the originator of a model of psychosocial treatment called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), as first described in his book, The Explosive Child, and subsequently in his most recent release, Lost at School.

From the Lives in the Balance website:

"CPS has its roots in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges...in other words, kids who are in very treacherous waters already. When it comes to helping these kids move in the right direction, many adults have a tendency to take control of the canoe and paddle alone. The problem is that challenging kids aren’t the type to sit idly by while the adult takes charge. They often respond to "control" strategies in ways that increase the likelihood that the canoe will tip.  

"By contrast, CPS is a process by which adults and kids resolve problems together. When they approach problems collaboratively and work toward solutions that are mutually satisfactory, things head in a positive direction. It's very hard work, but it’s a lot better than the alternative."