Ross W. Greene

Dr. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of a model of psychosocial treatment for challenging kids that he now calls Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School. Having served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, he is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.  His research has been funded by, among others, the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.

Dr. Greene is also the founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balancewhich aims to provide advocacy and support for behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers, and to provide vast free web-based resources on the CPS model.  He consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient and residential facilities, and systems of juvenile detention, and lectures widely throughout the world.

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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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