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.


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:

Oslo, Norway (October 24-26, 2018) Register
Aalborg, Denmark (November 28-29, 2018) Registration opens soon
Toronto, Ontario (December 4-5, 2018) Register
Portland, Maine (July 10-12, 2019) Register
Malmo, Sweden (August 12-13, 2019) Registration opens soon
Nanaimo, British Columbia (February 13-15, 2019) Register
Vancouver, British Columbia
 (October 16-18, 2019) Registration opens soon
Winnipeg, Manitoba (October 23-25, 2019) Registration opens soon

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 5-10 participants per training. Participants submit work samples of the ALSUP and Plan B and receive feedback in 24 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. In addition to English, these trainings are now offered in SwedishDanishFrench, 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, this course is an alternative to the lengthier, more intensive 24-week certification training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Over the course of five 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 session is focused on honing skills in using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP).  The remaining four 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 explicit coaching and feedback. Registration is limited to six participants per training. For more information, and to register, contact Lives in the Balance at


The Lives in the Balance Eighth Annual International Summit will be held on Friday, November 2nd, again in Portland, and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Julie Causton, Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University, along with breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians. The Summit will feature a screening of excerpts from the forthcoming Lives in the Balance documentary film, The Kids We LoseRegister here!


The 2018 European Summit on Non-Punitive, Non-Adversarial Interventions for At-Risk Kids will be held on October 29-30 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Speakers include Drs. Christian Stewart-Ferrer, Julie Causton, Peter Vermeulen, Sissela Nutley, Andrew McDonnell, Georgios Karpathakis, and Ross Greene. Register here


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 for the 2019 Conference are forthcoming!


Lives in the Balance sponsors special workshops for parents, and they're always posted right here when they're finalized.


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
November 8 McAllen, TX Team Mario Autism Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 13 Wisconsin Dells, WI 29th Annual Children Come First Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 14 Chicago, IL AEP Connections Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 15 New Albany, IN Indiana Resource Center for Autism and the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 16 Ft. Wayne, IN Indiana Resource Center for Autism and the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 19 Toronto, Onatario, Canada Toronto Yachad Ross Greene, PhD Register
November 20 Wisconsin Dells, WI 2018 Special Education Conference Ross Greene, PhD Register


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.

*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.