What's New

OUR CONFERENCES ARE STILL ON!

Both our Annual Summit (November 13) and our Children's Mental Health Conference (October 22 and 23) will be held as planned, but they won't be in person, they'll be virtual. So it doesn't really matter where you live, you can still access the amazing speakers and information. The Annual Summit features keynote speaker Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., author of Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges, along with the usual amazing breakout groups for parents and educators. The Children's Mental Health Summit features keynote speakers Peter Vermeulin, Christopher Willard, Danna Thomas, and Ross Greene, with another outstanding slate of breakout groups. So join us for one or both! To register or for more information, click on the links.

VIRTUAL TRAININGS

✓ You're bummed because your onsite training on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions was cancelled or rescheduled? Fret not...we're hosting a live, virtual 2-day combined introductory and advanced training with Dr. Greene on September 17-18...details and registration here. If you don't want to wait that long, our recent one- and two-day webinars are now available through pay-per-view.

THE KIDS WE LOSE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

 Produced by Lives in the Balance and Lone Wolf Media, The Kids We Lose is a 90-minute documentary film that captures the human side of being and having a kid with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by caregivers -- parents, educators, mental health clinicians, staff in therapeutic facilities, law enforcement professionals, and social service staff -- to ensure that these kids receive compassionate, enlightened, effective help. The film has won four Best Feature Documentary awards, and is now available for purchase through Amazon in DVD and Blu-Ray and digitally through Vimeo. Learn more about the film here. To read a review of the film, click here. To hear an online discussion of the film, click here.

VIRTUAL FIRESIDE CHAT

The pandemic has definitely added some new expectations to the mix for kids, parents, and educators: too much togetherness, distance learning, and social distancing among them. Yet the way to approach these expectations -- especially if kids are having diffiuclty meeting them -- has been there all along. So, with apologies for the silver lining, these trying times do present us with an opportunity to model and practice some pretty importand things...and that's why Lives in the Balance hosted a special fireside chat with Dr. Greene on Thursday, May 21st. If you missed it -- or if you'd like to listen again -- click here.

NEW WEBSITE

We've launched a new website -- truecrisisprevention.org -- to provide resources to help schools dramatically reduce (and ultimately eliminate) the use of restraint and seclusion...and, yes, all those resources are free, too.

NEW PODCASTS

Dr. Greene has been interviewed on a bunch of podcasts recently...here are some of 'em:

- The Better Behavior Show (July, 2020)
- National PTA: Notes From the Backpack (May, 2020)
TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart (May, 2020)
Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (May, 2020)
- Equal Parts (May, 2020)
- Reimagine Schools Podcast (April, 2020)
- Trauma Informed Educators Podcast (April, 2020)
The Radio Cafe on SantaFeNewMexican.com (September, 2019)

OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER

✓ Dramatically reducing the use of restraint and seclusion in schools is not a pipe-dream...read our op-ed here.

NEW POST IN THE REAL WORLD

It's called How to End the Cycle of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools.

REVIEW OF RESEARCH FINDINGS ON COLLABORATIVE & PROACTIVE SOLUTIONS

A full review of the accumulated research on the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model was recently published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review...

A CPS-FLAVORED FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT (FBA)

An idea whose time has come...and it's finally here.

AND A CPS-FLAVORED IEP

This sample IEP -- colored by the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) -- validates the contention that a completed ALSUP pretty much writes the IEP for you. Let us know if you agree and if the sample IEP is a good fit for your school system.

FULL CLASS PLAN B

✓ If you were thinking that Plan B should be used only to solve problems with individual students, think again! Here's a video example of Plan B being used to solve a problem affecting an entire class (with thanks to the students and staff at Central Middle School in the Greater Victoria [British Columbia] School District).

THE PUNITIVE INDEX

✓ It's hard enough being a kid these days, but when it comes to punitive school discipline, some states make it way harder. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education, we calculated a Punitive Index for rates of school suspensions, expulsions, use of restraint and seclusion, paddling, arrests at school, and referral to the police for each state. Apologies, in advance, to the kids who are repeatedly on the receiving end of such unenlightened, counterproductive treatment.

THE LENS CHANGER APP

✓ Our free app, The Lens Changer, will help you keep track of unsolved problems and Plan B discussions, and provides quick links to various helpful topics. Click here for Android users...and click here for iOS users. Special thanks to Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo for working tirelessly on this project with us...

BOOK STUDY GUIDE FOR LOST & FOUND

✓ Thanks to our certified provider, Jodell Allinger, and our Director of Outreach, Kim Hopkins-Betts, there's now a book study guide for Dr. Greene's book Lost & Found. Where you can find it? Right here.

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES

✓ Compassionate Communities is your way to show that your classroom or school are subscribing to certain values in your interactions with kids. When you enter your name and address, you'll receive a door decal and poster to signify your commitment to the values of Compassionate Communities and intention to adhere to those values. Learn more and sign up here.

FACEBOOK GROUPS

 Your participation is invited in any or many of our four Facebook groups. There are now two for parents -- The B Team (for parents of behaviorally challenging kids) and Elevate Your Parenting (for all parents) -- one for educators, and one for clinicians. Click here to find out what's been trending in The B Team lately.

MORE RESOURCES

✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's podcast with Dr. Seth Gillihan...

✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's podcast with Dr. Robyn Silverman... 

✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's podcast for ADDitude...

✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's interview on RadioNZ (New Zealand)...

✓ You have questions...we have answers! Check out our Two Minute Videos... 

✓ There's a free book study/reading group guide for Dr. Greene's book, Lost at School...click here.

✓ Check out the article on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions by Dr. Brendan Keenan on Edutopia.

✓ If you're coaching people in their use of the CPS model, or if you just want to see how you're doing yourself, there are now checklists for providing written feedback on the specific components of using the ALSUP and Plan B...

✓ Dr. Greene pinch-hit for U.S. Senator Al Franken as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists in Washington, DC. It was awhile ago, but it's still worth watching (click here). Also, here are the Goals for School Psychologists he articulated at the end of the keynote.

Dr. Greene is also featured in 26 different videos on Kids in the House, and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs over the past few years, and the recordings provide a good introduction to the CPS model:

  • Kids in the House WATCH
  • ADDitude Magazine webinar LISTEN
  • The Changing Behavior Radio Network LISTEN
  • The Creating a Family program LISTEN

And the feature on CPS on Maine Public Television is always worth watching.