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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, parent 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.
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On-Demand Episodes

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.

One of the questions parents frequently have relates to how much to tell kids about Plan B. That question -- and a whole bunch of others -- were discussed on today's program.

Maybe the title of today's program tells you all you need to know...but maybe not! While it's tempting to use Plan A to keep things organized and keep life moving when there's three boys under the age of eight in one household, Plan B can... more

A variety of topics were covered on the last program of 2014, including a rather in-depth discussion of the "embarrassment factor" (kids who can hold it together outside of the home but are very challenging inside the home). Just because a... more