Collaborative Problem Solving

Understanding and Helping Difficult Kids

Dr. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of Collaborative Problem Solving. He is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and book author.

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About Collaborative Problem Solving

 Dr. Greene's approach sets forth two major tenets: first, that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in kids are best understood as the byproduct of lagging cognitive skills (rather than, for example, as attention-seeking, manipulative, coercive, limit-testing, or a sign of poor motivation); and second, that these challenges are best addressed by collaboratively resolving the problems that are setting the stage for challenging behavior (rather than through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will).

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