Dr Ross Greene

Dr. Ross Greene


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Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) and author of The Explosive Child, provides guidance to parents on understanding and helping kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Upcoming Broadcasts

Every Monday at 11 am Eastern time, from September through May, Dr. Ross Greene and his co-host, Susy Portin, cover a wide range of topics related to behaviorally challenging kids in general and Dr. Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model in particular. You can call into the program to get your questions answered or submit them via email here. And, if you can't listen live, all the programs are archived in the Listening Library on the Lives in the Balance website or through i-Tunes. Parenting * behaviorally challenging kids * conflict resolution * oppositional behavior * solving problems collaboratively * Lives in the Balance
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On-Demand Episodes

Unfortunately, there are lots of things that have changed for the worse for kids in the last 40-50 years...maybe that explains it...

On today's program we heard from a long-time caller who's been implementing the CPS model with her sons for over three years. We reflected a little on the "good old days," heard about how far her sons have come, and learned that... more

What should you do when your child is already in the midst of an explosive outburst? Defuse, de-escalate, keep everyone safe. Then figure out what just happened (so it doesn't happen again).

Challenging behavior occurs when the demands being placed upon a kid outstrip the skills the kid has to respond adaptively. And the embarrassment factor plays a role as well.

A lot of territory covered on today's program, including a discussion on the following question: If you're always collaborating with a kid and working toward mutually satisfactory solutions, won't the kid come to believe that he needs to... more

If you're only paying attention to a child's challenging behavior, then modifying or medicating the behavior will make the most sense. But behavior is what's happening downstream. If you paddle upstream -- toward the problems that are... more

As usual, lots of questions answered and topics covered from the mailbag during today's program, including the one in the title.

When you're in the Empathy step, are you seeking information about a child's concerns or unmet needs? It's the former...when you're focused on the latter, you're more likely to hear about the child's solutions (rather than his or her... more

We turned to the mailbag on today's program, and responded to inquiries from five parents. But there was a fairly consistent theme: it all begins with the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems.