Why is a canoe with two paddlers (an adult and child) the symbol of Lives in the Balance?
CPS has its roots in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges...in other words, kids who are in very treacherous waters already. When it comes to helping these kids move in the right direction, many adults have a tendency to take control of the canoe and paddle alone. The problem is that challenging kids aren’t the type to sit idly by while the adult takes charge. They often respond to "control" strategies in ways that increase the likelihood that the canoe will tip.
By contrast, CPS is a process by which adults and kids resolve problems together. When they approach problems collaboratively and work toward solutions that are mutually satisfactory, things head in a positive direction. It's very hard work, but it’s a lot better than the alternative.
Lives in the Balance was founded by Dr. Ross Greene to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers, and to provide free, web-based resources on the model of care -- called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) -- Dr. Greene originated in his book, The Explosive Child.
You can learn a lot about CPS on this website...along with ways you can help spread the word and advocate on behalf kids with behavioral challenges and their caregivers.