TRAININGS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES FOR CAREGIVERS OF ALL STRIPES

So there’s definitely something for you, your school, or your treatment facility.

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WORKSHOPS & TRAINING

Whether you’re a clinician, educator, or parent, if you’re seeking additional exposure to and expertise in the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model, there’s a training option to meet your needs, including virtual trainings, annual conferences, trainings specific to schools and facilities, trainings for individual clinicians and educators, and on-demand programming. All of these options are described in detail below. (And there are additional trainings are listed on a different website…click here.) If you’re having trouble deciding which training is best for you or your school or treatment facility, contact us…we’d be happy to help you out.

ANNUAL CONFERENCES

What a day! Our 2024 Annual Summit on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions was held on April 12th, and over 4000 people were registered. This year’s theme was Voices of the Neurodivergent Community, and we had some amazing keynote speakers, including Alex Kimmel, Kristy Forbes, Meghan Ashburn, Jules Edward, and Jenny Hunt, along with fantastic breakout groups for parents, educators, and mental health clinicians at various points in their journey with the CPS model. If you didn’t register but would still like to watch all the presentations, contact us.

Mark your calendar! Our 2024 Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Conference will be held on September 27, 2024! As always, the conference is not only a great way to stay up to date on state, federal, and international legislation and initiatives aimed at ending punitive, exclusionary disciplinary practices, it’s also an energy boost for those involved (or thinking of getting involved) in initiating and supporting such efforts. And, always the conference is both virtual and free. Registration opens soon. If you missed it last year’s conference — for which over 3000 participants registered — you can watch it in its entirety here.

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VIRTUAL TRAININGS

Our next live, virtual, 2-day combined introductory and advanced training on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions with Dr. Greene is on October 3 & 4, 2024. If you can’t join in live, your registration gives you access to the recording. Registration is now open!

If you don’t want to wait — or if those dates don’t work for you — our last 2-day training is available with a pay-per-view option.

CONSULTATION AND TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS AND THERAPEUTIC FACILITIES

HALF AND FULL-DAY WORKSHOPS If you or your staff are relatively new to the CPS model, Lives in the Balance offers half- and full-day workshops, which provide a general overview of the CPS model (key themes, use of assessment instrumentation, and solving problems collaboratively), and can be provided either on-site or by webinar.

TWO-DAY ON-SITE INTRODUCTORY TRAININGS  For a more intensive introductory experience, we provide a two-day introductory training, either on-site or by webinar. The addition of the second day allows for presenting video examples of the CPS model, along with greater opportunity for practice, processing, discussion, and questions.

PROFICIENCY TRAININGS These trainings have a new format for 2024. The goal, as always, is to help a cadre of staff become proficient in using the assessment tool (the ASUP) and problem-solving process (Plan B)  and then model these facets for other staff, thereby facilitating the spread of CPS through a school or facility. The training now begins with a brief school climate questionnaire and a free introductory video (to make sure school leadership understands what’s involved in the training before committing). Then 3-4 members of your implementation team – the key folks that are spearheading the change – will view two video modules and complete readiness checks to set the stage for what’s to come. Then, a “core group” of 8-10 staff — including the implementation team members — will view an overview video describing the CPS model. (The core group is typically comprised of a cross-section of administrators and classroom teachers/line staff.) Then the core group works with a Lives in the Balance trainer for 8-10 teleconference sessions to become proficient in using the ASUP and Plan B, by submitting work samples and receiving feedback. Key prerequisites for participants are (a) an open mind, (b) a willingness to practice the model between sessions, and (c) the courage to receive feedback in a group format.

CONSULTATION AND TRAINING ON REDUCING/ELIMINATING RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION No, we’re not going to teach staff how to recognize that a student is becoming escalated (staff already know when a student is becoming escalated…and, by the time a student is becoming escalated, you’re in crisis management mode). And we’re not going to teach staff how to safely restrain and seclude students (also crisis management). We’re going to help staff become almost totally proactive in identifying the expectations students are having difficulty meeting (known in the CPS model as unsolved problems), and we’re going to help staff learn how to solve those problems collaboratively and proactively. Along the way, we’re going to help with the logistical factors that so often set the stage for restraint and seclusion (e.g. lack of awareness of student medication changes, the belief that restraint and seclusion are necessary and promote safety, placing expectations on students that it’s quite clear they can’t meet). Then we’re going to watch your rates of restraints and seclusions plummet.

If you want to discuss any of these options or the needs of your school or facility with a real human being, CONTACT Lives in the Balance and we’ll make sure you get what you need. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, German, Finnish, Norwegian, and French.

TRAININGS FOR INDIVIDUAL EDUCATORS AND CLINICIANS

2-DAY TRAININGS Our 2-day trainings (described above) provide participants with additional exposure to and instruction in key facets of the CPS model, video examples of its application, and model updates. These trainings are offered in various locations throughout the world, and also via webinar. The advanced trainings are for those who have had some prior exposure to the model, often through attendance at one of Dr. Greene’s one-day introductory trainings (see below), as well as for those who have already attended a prior 2-day training and have been actively applying the model in clinical work or in a treatment or education setting. All 2-day trainings are taught by Dr. Greene. Many are posted on a different website.

CERTIFICATION TRAININGS  Certification trainings are designed for individual clinicians, educators, and other providers interested in developing proficiency in the application of the CPS model and training others. The training provides supervised practice and feedback in 24 weekly, 60-90 minute Zoom supervision sessions. The first ten weeks focuses on use of the Assessment of Skills and Unsolved Problems [ASUP] and Plan B. Participants who demonstrate proficiency in these two components are eligible to participate in the subsequent 14-weeks of training, in which skills related to explaining the model, demonstrating it, and coaching it are the focal point. Each supervision group is limited to six participants, and we typically run multiple groups simultaneously. Submission of weekly work samples are required, so access to a sufficient number of kids and families/teachers is necessary. Upon successful completion of this training, participants are eligible to provide demonstration, coaching, and feedback to staff in their schools and provide the CPS model in their outpatient setting or therapeutic facility. Certified providers are also eligible to begin receiving training in speaking on the CPS model and providing consultation, supervision, and coaching to train others outside of their setting. These trainings take place all year on rolling admission. In addition to English, the certification training is offered in Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and French. You can submit your application here. In general, we encourage some prior experience in using the model before applying for this training. If you still have questions, please read our FAQs and/or contact us at litbcertification@gmail.com.

SKILL ENHANCEMENT TRAININGS These trainings are an alternative to the lengthier, more intensive 24-week certification trainings (see below). Over the course of five 60-minute group Zoom sessions, participants receive coaching and feedback from certified trainers in CPS to increase their skills in the application of the CPS model. The first 1-2 sessions are focused on the use of the Assessment of Skills and Unsolved Problems (ASUP). The remaining sessions are focused on Plan B, and involve having participants audiotape their use of Plan B with actual kids and their caregivers so as to receive highly individualized coaching and feedback. Registration is limited to six participants per training. Trainings are available in English, Swedish, Danish, and French. Two sessions are beginning in OCTOBER!  Register for Tuesdays at Noon ET or Wednesdays at 8PM ET!  If you have questions, email us at trainings.litb@gmail.com.

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TRAINING FOR PARENTS

We’re in the midst of revising and refreshing our training options for parents. Please visit this section again soon to see what we’ve cooked up!

ON-DEMAND PROGRAMMING

2-Day Training on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions with Dr. Ross Greene

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Infusing Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Into PBIS with assistant principal Kelly Sarah and school psychologist Rachel Polacek – link to handouts (FREE!) 

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Addressing Disproportionality in School Discipline with Collaborative & Proactive Solutions with Dr. Stacy Haynes (FREE!)

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School Implementation of CPS: Building leadership density & a positive culture with Principal Ryan Gleason (FREE!)

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CPS & the Neurodivergent Student with Dr. Stacy Haynes (FREE!)

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CONTACT US

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the above options, just use the Contact form on this website.