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 your school, inpatient unit, residential facility, treatment program, or juvenile detention facility needs help implementing the CPS model, the non-profit Lives in the Balance offers a wide variety of training options tailored to your needs, and they're not going to charge you an arm and a leg to make sure you get what you need. The goal is to provide high-quality coaching and supervision so you can respond more effectively to your most vulnerable, at-risk kids. So if you only need one supervision session -- perhaps to help you get things organized -- that's all you'll get. If you need help using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems and Plan B, that's what you'll get. If you've been using the model for a while but feel like your staff needs a tune-up, a tune-up is what you'll get. If you need help with a particular child, we're happy to assist there as well. If you need a one-day workshop to introduce the model to your entire staff, we do that too. You can read about your various various training options here. And if your administrators and leaders need consultation to help you grapple with the logistical and structural changes that facilitate the implementation of CPS, we're ready for you. So if you'd like to talk to an actual person, contact Lives in the Balance and they'll help you figure it out. Trainings are available 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:

Brisbane, Australia (June 26-27) Register
Melbourne, Australia
(July 1-2) Register
Sydney, Australia
(July 4-5) 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
Oslo, Norway (October 31-November 1, 2019) Register
Bodo, Norway (November 5-6, 2019) Register
Toronto, Ontario (December 5-6, 2019) Registration opens soon

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


In these 24-week courses -- which are designed for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers interested in developing proficiency in the application of the CPS model and training others -- Dr. Greene and his colleagues provide supervised practice and feedback in weekly, 60-90 minute teleconference supervision sessions. Registration is limited to 5-10 participants per supervision group, and we typically run multiple groups simultaneously. Submission of weekly work samples are required, so access to a sufficient number of kids and families/teachers is necessary. Prerequisite: prior attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s advanced trainings (see above). 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, and, in addition to English, are offered in SwedishDanishFrench, and German. Please submit your application here. Questions? Here are the answers to some of those most frequently asked. If you still have questions, contact the REACH Institute, the sponsor of these trainings, at


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 (see above). 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 HERE to register, or call 800-264-9224.


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
April 30 Odense, Denmark Sikon Ross Greene, PhD Register
May 3 Reykjavik, Iceland Icelandic Psychological Association Ross Greene, PhD Register
May 17 Bend, OR High Desert Education Service District Ross Greene, PhD Register
May 26-27 Tel Aviv, Israel Lines and Thoughts Conference - Israeli Organization for ADHD Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 13 Wasau, WI CESA 9 Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 24 Cairns, Australia The Social Mind Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 26 Brisbane, Australia The Social Mind Ross Greene, PhD Register
June 29 Port Lincoln, Australia The Social Mind Ross Greene, PhD Register
July 1 Melbourne, Australia The Social Mind Ross Greene, PhD Register
July 4 Sydney, Australia The Social Mind Ross Greene, PhD Register
August 15 Gävle, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspektiv Ross Greene, PhD Register
August 16 Gävle, Sweden Pedagogiskt Perspektiv Ross Greene, PhD Register
October 31 Oslo, Norway Famlab Ross Greene, PhD Register
Nov. 2 Oslo, Norway Famlab Ross Greene, PhD Register
Nov. 5 Bodo, Norway Famlab Ross Greene, PhD Register
Nov. 8 Philadelphia, PA CHADD 2019 Annual Conference on ADHD Ross Greene, PhD Register
Nov. 12 Denver, CO Trauma Informed School Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register


Dr. Greene will be speaking in numerous additional locations in the US and Canada in 2019...details are forthcoming. A significant portion of the proceeds from these workshops are donated to the non-profit Lives in the Balance.

*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.