We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click accept my preferences we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. Visit our Cookie Policy and our Privacy Policy for more information about managing your cookies.

learn more

Current preferences




Explosive and non-compliant children: moving from power and control to collaboration and problem solving

Date: Tuesday 7 February 2023

Time: 10am to 12pm (London UK) - with a ten-minute break

Price: Free

Speaker: Dr Ross Greene, Clinical Psychologist and Founding Director of Lives in the Balance, and The New York Times bestselling author of The Explosive Child

For: Anyone doing direct work with children or adolescents

Clinical psychologist Dr Ross Greene is The New York Times bestselling author of The Explosive ChildLost at SchoolLost & Found and Raising Human Beings. What emerged from these works, and his 30+ years in practice with children and families, is an innovative, evidence-based, trauma-informed model of intervention to address the difficulties of children with social, emotional and behavioural challenges: Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). The CPS model is transforming thinking and practices across the world and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, concerning behaviours, disciplinary referrals, detentions, restraints, suspensions and isolation. The model represents a significant departure from 'discipline-as-usual'. This webinar provides an exciting opportunity to hear Dr Greene talk candidly about the need for a new perspective and responses to children with challenging behaviours.

In this webinar Dr Greene will explain how "outdated and counterproductive" perspectives and "disciplinary practices that are punitive and exclusionary" only serve to exacerbate the difficulties a child is experiencing. He will challenge us to see behaviour - and the language we use to describe behaviour - through a new lens and will provide an understanding of the evidence-based CPS model he has developed which creates the conditions for moving from power and control to solving problems collaboratively with children.

This will be a professionally challenging webinar that will ask us to feel what's at stake every time we miss an opportunity to positively respond to, and engage with, a child. If you are working directly with children and young people or caring for them as a foster parent, or managing a team of people that do direct work with children, this session is for you. Expect to be challenged but to leave charged with confidence that you can make a difference, motivated to take the learning into your practice and with clear understanding of how to put the practical assessment and intervention tools he has made freely available through Lives in the Balance into use. Vast free resources are available on the Lives in the Balance website.


Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of what Dr Greene calls 'lucky' and 'unlucky' behaviours
  • Critically reflect on your response to children who display 'lucky' and 'unlucky' behaviours
  • Develop an understanding of the CPS model and how to apply it in practice
  • Develop renewed confidence in your ability to make a difference
  • Know where to go next for practical tools that will help you make the shifts you deem necessary in your own practice and relationships, and practice that you are responsible for




Who should attend?

  • Social workers (newly qualified to very experienced)
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principal social workers
  • Youth offending team workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Health professionals
  • Teachers and other working in education
  • Police officers
  • Probation officers
  • Foster carers


Meet the speaker


Ross W. Greene, PhD

Ross is the originator of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at SchoolLost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He also developed and executive produced the documentary film, The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for more than 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which aims to disseminate the CPS model and support caregivers through a vast array of free web-based resources; advocate on behalf of kids with concerning behaviours and their caregivers; and advocate for systemic changes to encourage the use of non-punitive, non-exclusionary interventions. He is currently adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Dr. Greene’s research has been funded by the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. He lectures and consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world.