What's New

THE KIDS WE LOSE...A LIVES IN THE BALANCE DOCUMENTARY

In collaboration with Lone Wolf Media, Lives in the Balance is producing a 90-minute documentary to capture 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. Called The Kids We Lose, the documentary is being submitted for preimieres at film festivals in September, 2018, and should be avalable for public screenings in October. Learn more here.

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 IS HERE!

✓ 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...

NEW 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.

FINALLY! A CPS-FLAVORED IEP!

✓ 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.

TRAINING/CONFERENCES

✓ Registration opens soon for our Eighth Annual International Summit on November 2nd in Portland, Maine, featuring keynote speaker Julie Causton, Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University, along with breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians. Register here!

Our Third Annual European Summit on Non-Punitive, Non-Adversarial Interventions will be held in Gothenberg, Sweden, on October 29th and 30th, featuring Ross Greene, Peter Vermeulen, Georgios Karpathakis, Andy McDonnell, Sissela Nutley, Julie Causton, and Christian A Stewert-Ferrer. Register here!

✓ Our Second Annual New England Children's Mental Health Conference was held on October 4th and 5th in Norwood, Massachusetts, and featured Tina Bryson, Bettina Love, Mona Delahooke, Ross Greene, Laura Rogers, and Greg Santucci. Many said it was the best conference they'd ever attended. We love a challenge, so we'll try to top it next year...2019 dates are forthcoming!

There's no place like Maine in the summer, and Lives in the Balance is again co-sponsoring Dr. Greene's advanced training in Collaborative & Proactive Solutions on July 11-13 in Portland, Maine. Register here.

✓ 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

✓ 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.

NEW RESEARCH ON CPS

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...

RADIO PROGRAMS

✓ Our radio program for parents -- Parenting Your Challenging Child-- is on its usual summer hiatus...but you can listen to the all of the 2017-18 programs (along with programs from the previous five years)...just click here.

RESOURCES

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

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

✓ Listen to Dr. Greene's recent 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.

✓ Read about (and listen to) how things went implementing Collaborative & Proactive Solutions at a school in northern Michigan on Interlochen Public Radio.

✓ 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...

There are two new videos in the Walking Tours for Parents and Educators. The first shows Dr. Greene using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems with the parents of a 10-year old boy; the second shows Dr. Greene demonstrating Plan B with the boy and his parents.

✓ 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.

RESEARCH

 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.