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CEU: Principles of Collaborative Problem Solving, Part 1

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other maladaptive behaviors.

Some children (especially those from hard places) exhibit extreme frustration through crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout these two CEU webinars, we will explore the principles of CPS as described if Dr. Greene’s book The Explosive Child.  Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s CPS model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

In Part 1, we will cover:

  • Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model
  • Definitions of lagging skills & unsolved problems
  • The four guidelines of identifying unsolved problems
  • How to complete an Assessment of Lagging Skills & Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)
  • Definitions of 3 Plans (Plan A, B and C)


Worth 1.5 CEU credits

May 20 | 11:00pm CST

Online via Zoom



May 20
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


United States