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CARES series presents program on ‘Collaborative and Proactive Solutions’


The Medford Area Public School District (MAPSD) is continuing its CARES Series on mental health with an evening with Dr. Ross Greene discussing “Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.”

The presentation will take place via Zoom on Tuesday January 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ross W. Greene has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Dr. Greene is founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (, and developed and executive produced the documentary film, “The Kids We Lose.” Greene’s research has been widely published in academic journals, and he and the CPS model have been featured in popular media including The Oprah Show, Dateline NBC, the CBS Morning Show, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Mother Jones magazine, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Greene is the originator of the innovative, empirically-supportive approach now known as the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and the recently released Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their families, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint procedures and solitary confi nement.

The CPS model is based on the premise that challenging behavior occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child’s capacity to respond adaptively. So the emphasis of the model isn’t on challenging behavior, which is – whether it’s whining, pouting, sulking, withdrawing, crying, screaming, swearing, hitting, spitting, biting, or worse – just the manner in which they are expressing the fact that there are expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. Rather, the model focuses on identifying the skills the kid is lacking and the expectations he or she is having difficulty meeting (in the CPS model, those unmet expectations are referred to as unsolved problems). Then the goal is to help children and caregivers solve those problems rather than trying to modify behavior through application of rewards and punishments.

Copies of Dr. Greene’s books will be available in school libraries and community libraries through the Taylor County Literacy Council.

The presentation is made by possible by the CARES Mental Health Grant and Medford Area Public School District. The link to attend the presentation is 8532427907?pwd=TVhQWUt3Nk80V1kyT 1JMR3JHQVJKdz09 For more information contact Joseph A. Greget, director of student services/ special education at MAPSD at 715-748-2316 ext 324.