TTP #82: Dr. Ross Greene – Lives in the Balance

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Dr. Ross Greene has been studying challenging behavior in kids for longer than most of us have been in practice. Starting in graduate school, he realized that many kids not respond well to the usual “reward and punishment” style of behavior management. So he created a new approach based in research. The Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model has proven so helpful to many of my clients and my own kids, so I was thrilled to have Dr. Greene sit down and talk with me today. Some things we cover include:

  • What is CPS?
  • How is it different than traditional Parent Management Training?
  • Who can benefit from CPS?
  • What’s the research behind CPS?
  • How can neuropsych assessment integrate with CPS?
  • Bonus: an update on Dr. Greene’s recently-released documentary

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About Dr. Ross Greene

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers, 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 recidivism, discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint procedures and solitary confinement. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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