Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Moving From Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem-Solving – Web Stream


Thursday & Friday, May 18 & 19, 2023

May 18, 2023 & May 19, 2023

9:00 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Recording available for two weeks for all registrants

Presented by Ross W. Greene, PhD

Join Dr. Ross Greene for a two-day workshop exploring his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model for recognizing and reducing challenging behaviors across diverse settings.

Available Options

Web Stream: Family Members/Autistic Individuals/Para-pros/Students$225.00
Web Stream: Professional$250.00

For information on bursaries for low-income individuals or Indigenous community members, see ACT’s Bursary page.

Group Discounts

Receive a 10% discount when registering 3 or more attendees at the same time.

Special rates for British Columbia educators. View details here.

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Event Details

About the Event

This is the innovative, evidence-based, trauma-informed model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world; and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, concerning behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, restraints, and seclusions. The model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual:  it focuses on problem solving rather than on behavior modification, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes the importance of diagnostic categories, and provides practical, evidence-based tools for assessment and intervention. Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the CPS model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years, and practical assessment and intervention tools that attendees will be able to apply across settings.

Session Details

Day 1: Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 9:00am to 3:00pm Pacific Time

Session 1 - 9:00am to 10:15am Pacific Time

  • Five Paradigm Shifts

Session 2 - 10:30am to 11:45am Pacific Time

  • Identifying lagging skills and unsolved problems:  The ALSUP
  • Practice with the ALSUP

Session 3 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm Pacific Time

  • Overview of The Plans
  • Plan B: The Empathy step

Session 4 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Pacific Time

  • The Define Adult Concerns step and Invitation step
  • Video example of Plan B

Day 2: Friday, May 19, 2023 - 9:00am to 3:00pm Pacific Time

Session 1 - 9:00am to 10:15am Pacific Time

  • Video Example of ALSUP Meeting
  • Video Example of Empathy Step and Discussion

Session 2 - 10:30am to 11:45am Pacific Time

  • Video Example of the Empathy Step and Discussion

Session 3 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm Pacific Time

  • Video Example of Plan B and Discussion

Session 4 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Pacific Time

  • Special Topics:
    • Implementation in Systems: Start Small
    • Plan B with Kids with Language Processing and Communication Delays
    • How are the Skills Enhanced?

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the five paradigm shifts of the CPS model, and how the model focuses on problems (and solving them) rather than on the behaviors that are being caused by those problems (and modifying them); the advantages of collaborative (rather than unilateral) problem solving; and the importance and feasibility of proactive (rather than reactive) intervention.
  • Identify the lagging skills that are required for problem solving.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of handling frustration, being flexible and adaptable, and regulating emotions, and the unsolved problems that are causing concerning behaviors.
  • Describe the three basic mechanisms (Plans A, B, and C) by which adults typically handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids, and what is accomplished by each.
  • Describe the three steps of Plan B.
  • Describe how to effectively implement Plan B and the various roadblocks that may occur during implementation (and how to overcome them).

About the Presenter

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D

CPS is the model Ross Greene describes in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Ross served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years. He is Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which disseminates the CPS model and supports caregivers through free web-based resources; advocates on behalf of kids with concerning behaviors and their caregivers; and advocates for systemic changes to encourage the use of non-punitive, non-exclusionary interventions. He is adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. Dr. Greene’s research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Mental Health and U.S. Department of Education. He lectures and consults extensively to families, schools, inpatient psychiatric units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world.


  Date Professionals Family Members, Autistic Adults, Para-professionals & Students
Early Bird Rate ends February 1, 2023 $200 $175
Regular Rate ends May 1, 2023 $250 $225
Late Rate begins May 2, 2023 $325 $300

*Last day to register is May 15, 2023

Group Discounts

Receive a 10% discount when registering 3 or more attendees at the same time.

Special Rates for School Staff (Public & Independent)

POPARD and ACT are partnering to offer a subsided rate for eligible BC educators to attend this presentation. Thanks to POPARD’s generous support, the fee for this workshop has been reduced to $150 per person until May 1, 2023. After May 2, a late rate of $200 will apply.

To access this rate, visit the BC School Staff Registration page. Please note you must provide your BC public or private school employee address to complete your registration.


ACT provides bursary funds from our own resources and through support from private donors. We encourage autistic girls and women to apply. Anyone wishing to attend an ACT event is eligible to apply if the cost is a barrier to attending the event. Bursaries are provided as reduced event registration fees. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as bursary funds are limited. Visit ACT's Event Bursary page for more information on our bursary programs. Donate to our bursary fund.

Complete ACT's Bursary Form to apply before May 11, 2023. If you identify as Indigenous, or work for an Indigenous organization, complete our Bursary Form for Indigenous Community.

Autism Funding

If you wish to use your child’s Autism Funding to pay for your registration, ACT can invoice the Autism Funding Branch directly. If you are paying in advance to be reimbursed, you must contact the Autism Funding Branch for approval first.

For information on how to register with your Autism Funding, visit Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.



In partnership with

Provincial Outreach Program for Autism & Related Disorders

Level No experience required.

Focus Developing collaborative problem-solving skills to avoid challenging behavior.

For Parents/guardians, Community professionals and Educators.

Approach Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS)

Autism-Specific? No

Event Schedule

All times are Pacific Time Zone.
9:00 am - 10:15 am Session 1
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:45 pm Session 2
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Session 3
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Session 4

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