What's New


✓ If you were thinking that Plan B should be used only to solve problems with individual students, think again! Here's an 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).


 There's a new segment in The Real World section, called Protecting the Rights of the Already Born...


 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 won the Best Feature Documentary Award in its premier at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October, 2018, has also screened at the 2019 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival and the 2019 Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, and will also be shown on Maine Public Television on March 28th and March 30th and on Vermont Public Television in the summer. It is also available for community screenings. Learn more here. To read a review of the film, click here.


✓ 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.


✓ Our free app, The Lens Changer, is now available! It'll 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. We plan to update the app in response to your feedback, so let us know how we can improve it once you've had a chance to give it a go. Special thanks to Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo for working tirelessly on this project with us! Stay tuned for the Spanish version...


✓ 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.


✓ It's been a long time in the making, but it's finally here: a sample IEP colored by the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)! We've been saying 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.


✓ Our Ninth Annual International Summit will be held in Portland, Maine, on November 15, 2019, and will feature keynote speakers Dr. Bettina Love and Charity Bell, along with breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians...registration is now open!

✓ Our Third New England Children's Mental Health Conference will be held on October 22-23, 2020, in Norwood, Massachusetts...mark your calendar!

✓ Lives in the Balance sponsors many additional workshops on the CPS model...they can be found on the Workshops/Training page. Additional workshops, webinars, advanced trainings, and certification trainings can be found on a different website (click here).


✓ 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.


 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.


Check out the poster presented at the 2018 national conference of the National Association of School Psychologists by Lindsey Artymiuk, M.S.Ed., a school psychology grad student at University of Wisconson/La Crosse...


✓ Our podcast for parents -- Parenting Your Challenging Child-- is back on the air! Click here for details...


✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's recent 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 over three four years 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.


 The body of research supporting the effectiveness of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model in diverse settings continues to grow. The five-year NIMH-funded study on CPS at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center is now complete, and numerous papers describing the findings have been published (several more are in press)...details in the Research section.