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…and many of these options are offered remotely and virtually. (Additional trainings are listed on a different website…click here). In this section you can choose from virtual trainings, annual conferences, trainings specific to schools and facilities (including our proficiency trainings), trainings for individual clinicians and educators (including our certification and skill-enhancement trainings), trainings specifically for parents, and on-demand programming. Whew!

CONFERENCES

We had nearly 1700 registrants for our virtual 2021 CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: The Federal Bills to End Harmful, Traumatic Crisis Management Practices in Schools, which was held on October 8th, and focused on two pieces of pending federal legislation: the Keeping All Students Safe Act and the Protecting Our Students in Schools Act. Speakers described the two bills, reviewed research showing the harm done by restraint, seclusion, and corporal punishment, described evidence-based alternatives for keeping all students safe, and provided guidance on how to advocate for the passage of these two bills. The conference was co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association, the National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, and the US Alliance to End the Hitting of Children. Wait, you missed it? You can watch the conference in its entirety here…and to take action in support of these bills, click here.

Next up! Our (virtual) 2021 ANNUAL SUMMIT, being held on Friday, October 29th. This year’s Summit features keynote speakers Dr. Stuart Shanker — author of Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life — and Nicole Tucker-Smith. As always, the Summit will also feature a wide range of breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians on topics related to Collaborative & Proactive Solutions. Register here even while the conference is in session! And if you can’t join in live, your registration gives you access to the recordings of all sessions.

Our 2021 EUROPEAN SUMMIT was held on September 22, and featured keynotes from Peter Vermeulen and Sarah Ward, along with breakout groups for parents, educators, and clinicians on a variety of topics and in different languages. See you again next year!

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VIRTUAL TRAININGS

We’re hosting another live, virtual, 2-day combined introductory and advanced training on Collaborative & Proactive Solutions with Dr. Greene on January 20-21, 2022…details and registration here. If you can’t join in live, your registration gives you access to the recording.

We’re also hosting another live, virtual webinar on School Implementation of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions on October 6, 2021, with principal Ryan Gleason. Mr. Gleason has implemented the CPS model in numerous schools, and in this 2-hour webinar you’ll benefit from his experience in building leadership density to foster changes in school climate and culture. Register here.

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.

15-WEEK PROFICIENCY TRAININGS In our 15-week proficiency training, a Lives in the Balance trainer works with 8-10 staff (known as the “core group”) by Zoom. This training helps key staff become proficient in the the two key facets of the model (the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems [ALSUP] and Plan B), and requires that participants submit work samples to the trainer via Dropbox, and participate in weekly one-hour weekly group coaching and feedback sessions. The goal of the training is to help staff become proficient in using the ALSUP and Plan B so as to model these facets for other staff, thereby facilitating the spread of CPS through the school or facility. The core group is typically comprised of a cross-section of administrators and classroom teachers/line staff. 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 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 two components, both comprised of weekly, 60-90 minute Zoom supervision sessions. The first ten week component involves a pre-certification training, and focuses on use of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems [ALSUP] and Plan B. Participants who successfully complete this pre-certification training are eligible to participate in the subsequent component, a 14-week 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 typically commence in September each year, and, in addition to English, are offered in Swedish, Danish, and, French. You can submit your application here. 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 providers 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 Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). 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. To complete an application, click here. For more information contact us at trainings@livesinthebalance.org.

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TRAINING FOR PARENTS

Finally! An INTRODUCTORY COURSE for parents! If you want help improving your understanding of the CPS model, this 5-week course — conducted entirely by Zoom — is what you’ve been waiting for. The first session focuses on the basic tenets of the model. In session 2, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP). You’ll complete an ALSUP ahead of session 3 and receive specific feedback on the unsolved problems you identified. The remaining sessions are focused on Plan B, and involve having participants audiotape their use of Plan B — with your kids — so that we can provide you with individualized feedback and help you improve your skills. Registration is limited to six participants per training. For more information, email us at litbparents@gmail.com. There are also over 140 providers across the world who can help you and your family implement the CPS model.

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

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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.