Workshops and Training


Whether you're a clinician, educator, or parent, if you're seeking additional exposure to and expertise in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions* model, there's a training option to meet your needs. If you're relatively new to the model, the one-day Introductory trainings (posted at the bottom of this page) are usually a good place to start. If you're ready for the next level, there are Advanced, Skill Enhancement, and Certification trainings to help you further develop your skills. There are also a variety of conferences held annually throughout the world. And if you're interested in having the entire staff trained in the model in your school, inpatient psychiatry unit, therapeutic group home, or residential or juvenile detention facility, we'll make sure you get what you need...and we'll make sure it's affordable, too.


if you're interested in having staff in your school, inpatient psychiatry unit, therapeutic group home, or residential or juvenile detention facility trained in Dr. Greene's CPS model, you'll want to check out the possibilities for ongoing consultation and training provided by Lives in the Balance. You'll receive training specifically tailored to the needs of your staff and facility, and the affordability will probably surprise you. Trainings are offered in English, Swedish, Danish, French, and German.


Advanced trainings for educators and clinicians provide participants with additional exposure to and instruction in key facets of the CPS model, video examples of its application, and model updates. These trainings are offered in various locations throughout the world. The advanced trainings are for those who have had some prior exposure to the model, often through attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s one-day introductory trainings, as well as for those who have already attended a prior advanced training and have been actively applying the model in clinical work or in a treatment or education setting. All advanced trainings are taught by Dr. Greene. Here are the locations and dates for upcoming advanced trainings:

Nanaimo, British Columbia (February 13-15, 2019) Register
Portland, Maine (July 10-12, 2019) Register
Malmo, Sweden (August 12-13, 2019) Register
Vancouver, British Columbia (October 16-18, 2019) Register
Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 23-25, 2019) Register

If you can't make it in person, a version of the advanced training is now available in DVD and streaming video formats.


In this course, Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide supervised practice and feedback to individual clinicians, educators, and other providers who are interested in developing proficiency in the application of the CPS model. Registration is limited to 6-10 participants per training. Participants submit work samples of the ALSUP and Plan B and receive feedback in weekly, 90-minute group teleconference supervision sessions. Prerequisite: prior attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s advanced trainings (see above) and access to a sufficient number of kids and caregivers to permit submission of work samples over the course of the training. Upon successful completion of this training, participants are eligible to provide the model in their schools and outpatient settings and to begin receiving training in speaking on the CPS model and providing consultation, supervision, and coaching to train others. These trainings are now offered year-round, so applications can be submitted at any time. Regrettably, given the large number of applications we receive, we cannot accept all applicants. In addition to English, the certification trainings are now offered in Swedish, Danish, French, and German. Questions? Call or email Lisa Hunter-Romanelli at the REACH Institute, the sponsor of these trainings, at 212-947-7322 or


Designed for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers working directly with challenging youth and their caregivers, these courses are an alternative to the lengthier, more intensive 24-week certification training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Over the course of five or ten 60-minute group teleconference sessions, participants receive coaching and feedback from certified providers in CPS to increase their skills in the application of the CPS model. The first 1-2 sessions are focused on honing skills in using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). The remaining sessions are focused on Plan B, and involve having participants audiotape their use of Plan B with actual kids and their caregivers so as to receive highly individualized coaching and feedback. Registration is limited to six participants per training. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, French, and German. For more information, and to register, contact Lives in the Balance at


The Lives in the Balance Eighth Annual International Summit was held on Friday, November 2nd, in Portland, Maine, and featured keynote speaker Dr. Julie Causton, along with breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians and a screening of the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose. You missed it? Next year's Summit is on November 15, 2019.


The 2018 European Summit on Non-Punitive, Non-Adversarial Interventions for At-Risk Kids -- co-sponsored by Lives in the Balance and KIS -- was held on October 29-30 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Speakers included Drs. Christian Stewart-Ferrer, Julie Causton, Peter Vermeulen, Sissela Nutley, Andrew McDonnell, Georgios Karpathakis, and Ross Greene. You missed it? Stay tuned for dates/speakers for the 2019 conference... 


The 2018 Children's Mental Health Conference, sponsored by Lives in the Balance, was held on October 4-5 in Norwood, Massachusetts, and featured Bettina Love, Tina Bryson, Mona Delahooke, Laura Rogers, Ross Greene, and Greg Santucci. Dates/speakers for the 2019 Conference are forthcoming!


Lives in the Balance and the G.E.A.R. Parent Network are co-sponsoring an evening presentation by Dr. Greene in Hiram, Maine, from 6:15-8:00 pm on April 8, 2019 at the Sacopee Valley Middle School (137 South Hiram Road). Admission is free... to register, call 800-284-9224.


Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide one-day introductory trainings on the CPS model. The workshops listed below vary in length and there may be an admission charge to attend, depending on the sponsor of each seminar. If you're interested in having Dr. Greene or one of his colleagues speak to or for your group or organization, just use the Contact form on this website.

If there aren't any upcoming workshops in your area, you can access Dr. Greene's one-day introductory training through streaming video or downloadable MP4 video or MP3 audio formats or by purchasing a DVD (click here). 

Date City Sponsor/Program Speaker Registration
January 24 Green Bay, WI Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Ross Greene, PhD Register
January 31 Minneapolis, MN AEP Connections Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 5 New Orleans, LA Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 7 Madison, WI Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 8 Duluth, MN Minnesota Association of Alternative Prorgrams Ross Greene, PhD Register
February 21 Richmond, British Columbia Teachers of Inclusive Education - British Columbia Ross Greene, PhD Register
March 1 Edmonton, Alberta Greater Edmonton Teachers Association Ross Greene, PhD Register
March 20 Richmond, VA AEP Connections Ross Greene, PhD Register
April 5 Oswego, NY Oswego County Autism Task Force Ross Greene, PhD  
April 18 Nashua, NH New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth, and Families Ross Greene, PhD  
August 15 Gävle, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspektiv Ross Greene, PhD Register
August 16 Gävle, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspektiv Ross Greene, PhD Register


Dr. Greene will also be speaking in Israel, Australia, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland in 2019, along with many other locations in the US and Canada...details are forthcoming.

A significant portion of the proceeds from these workshops are donated to the non-profit Lives in the Balance. Dates and locations are updated continuously. Additional dates/locations for 2019 will be posted here soon, including workshops in Australia, Norway, Denver, and Atlanta.

*Dr. Greene called his model "Collaborative Problem Solving" prior to 2013, but now refers to the model as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). He is not affiliated in any way with individuals or institutions that are now marketing a product called "Collaborative Problem Solving," and does not recommend or endorse their work. Read more here.