Ross Greene Collaborative Problem Solving

It includes more detail on the theoretical underpinnings of Greene's framework, ideas for interviewing parents and children and for teaching them the CPS model, and information about ways to apply the CPS model in schools and residential settings as well as with parents.

Or that 267,000 students are restrained or secluded each year, 100,000 students are expelled from school annually, and 3,000,000 are suspended.

These numbers are horrifying, and yet, almost every educator in the room including myself has had direct experience with the difficult and sometimes dangerous student behaviors and the subsequent ineffective and often harmful responses that so many schools resort to. Greene took us along on his transformation from a traditional behavior management way of handling difficult behavior in children to his (and thousands of his followers’) approach now, which is based on the understanding that " Simply put, children with challenging behaviors lack the skills needed to not be challenging.

Greene criticizes standard reward-and-punishment behavior plans for failing to address these underlying cognitive limitations, thus making it difficult or impossible for the child to modify his behavior on a long-term basis.

Greene provides an extensive list of these skills and encourages therapists to begin by interviewing parents and children in an effort to gauge which of these skills might be delayed in the child.

Ross Greene, internationally recognized child psychologist and bestselling author, spoke to a packed house of nearly 300 educators, parents, and adults in early April.

The audience at this event was a passionate and grateful group, most of whom know and practice Dr.

Greene's view of "explosive" children moves away from DSM diagnosis and into a model which views these children as learning disabled.

According to Greene, explosive children suffer specific cognitive delays which make it difficult for them to function in certain everyday situations and to tolerate frustration.

A focus group that includes several island educators has been established to help inform a curriculum for Compassionate Communities that is currently in development.

Check out the Lives in the Balance website where you’ll find more information on both these projects as well as a tremendous amount of practical print and video resources readily available and free. Greene’s work is transformational, and the schools that have embraced CPS and use his resources have seen marked improvement in student behavior and learning.


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