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PNW Adventure Mama and the Sage Family coach, writer, podcaster, and advocate for gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living.





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Dec 23, 2018

Collaboration with Dr. Ross Greene


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This is episode 25 and today I’m here with Dr. Ross Greene talking about collaboration.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions(CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their families, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint procedures and solitary confinement. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

Adventure of the Week

I share our adventure at Tinkertopia.


Why: We share the real reason why children misbehave and Dr. Greene explains what he means by lacking skills.

Lagging Skills and Unresolved Problems: Dr. Greene provides some examples of lagging skills and unresolved problems.

The Empathy Step: We cover what happens in the first step of this approach.

The Define the Problem Step: We go over what step 2 looks like.

The Invitation Step: We talk about what happens in step 3.

Revision: We discuss coming back together regularly for proactive collaboration.

Efficacy: Dr. Greene goes over why his approach is so universal.

Q & A

We tackle this question from Paula: “How can we use this collaboration process with siblings?”

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