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Explosive, Noncompliant, Disruptive, Aggressive Kids: What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Turn it Around



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We continue to struggle with and lose an astounding number of kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, because we handle them in ways that don’t work. They end up in detention and suspension, dropping out, on the streets, in restrictive therapeutic facilities and jail. All because we have a poor understanding of why they’re challenging and apply interventions that are punitive and obsolete.

Research in the neurosciences over the past 30 years has helped us understand that challenging behavior is a form of developmental delay. In other words, challenging kids lack crucial cognitive skills related to flexibility, adaptability, frustration tolerance and problem solving. Dr. Greene’s compassionate, effective, evidence-based model of solving problems collaboratively is a departure from conventional wisdom and reflects what we now know about challenging kids and how to help them.

Dr. Greene is a leading authority on challenging behavior and will revolutionize your approach to working with Explosive, Noncompliant, Disruptive, Aggressive Kids. His humorous, engaging and dynamic style along with the use of case studies and demonstrations will help you better understand challenging kids, better assess their needs and intervene in ways that actually help.

Format: DVD Video – 4+ hours

Details: Multi-disc DVD recording (5 hours, 40 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.


  1. Explain and interpret challenging behaviors in an entirely new way, setting the stage for more effective intervention
  2. Discuss why conventional reward and punishment procedures may not be effective for many challenging kids
  3. Assess the various cognitive skills found lacking in challenging kids
  4. Identify and prioritize unsolved problems precipitating challenging behavior
  5. Summarize the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C)
  6. Explain how the 3 ingredients of “Plan B” reduce the intensity and frequency of challenging behaviors
  7. Implement “Plan B” in schools, homes and restrictive therapeutic facilities

Explosive, Noncompliant, Disruptive and Aggressive Kids

  • Key Themes
  • Different Definitions of Function
  • Challenging Behavior as Developmental Delay
  • The Down-side of Diagnoses
  • The Can’t Versus Won’t Debate
  • Basic Ingredients of The Model of Solving Problems Collaboratively

Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems

  • Useful Information: Identifying Lagging Skills and Unresolved Problems
  • Structuring the Assessment Process

Solving Problems

  • Three Plans for Solving Problems
  • Ingredients of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions
  • Troubleshooting Problems Implementing Plan B

Implementation in Families, Schools, and Restrictive Therapeutic Facilities

  • What it Looks Like
  • Front-Loading Key Implementation Ingredients
  • Q & A

Solutions for kids lacking in:

  • Executive skills
  • Language processing and communication skills
  • Emotional regulation skills
  • Cognitive flexibility skills
  • Social skills

Achieve dramatic success with kids who have:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism

Utilize Dr. Greene’s “Plan B” to reduce challenging behaviors by:

  • Solving problems collaboratively
  • Creating a “helping relationship”
  • Pursuing behavioral expectations
  • Teaching skills


Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and the founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org). He served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years. Dr. Greene is the originator of an empirically supported model of psychosocial treatment for challenging kids now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). He is author of the highly-acclaimed books The Explosive Child and Lost at School and has also authored numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the effectiveness of the CPS model, the classification of and outcomes in youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges and student-teacher compatibility. Dr. Greene’s research has been funded by, among others, the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. He consults extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient and residential facilities, and systems of juvenile detention, and lectures widely throughout the world.
Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School.  Having served on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, he is currently adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org), which provides free, web-based resources on his model and advocates on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.  He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.


“The world is a better place because of your efforts to bring understanding to behaviourally challenged children. Thank you.” -Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014 “Amazing presentation and speaker! Best training I’ve been to since Grad School!” -Oakville, ON | May 28 – 30, 2014 “Ross’s work is so excellent and so helpful. He always helps me to be a better psychologist for people with unsolved problems.” -Dr. Allan | Oakville, ON | May 28 – 30, 2014
  “Dr. Greene’s philosophy has hugely impacted my practices.” -Lisa Bellireau | Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014 “I found the three day training to be exceptional. Dr. Greene has given me a great deal to think about and put into practice. Thank you for varying the content and providing a pace that would allow reflection.” -Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014 “Very engaging speaker to bring clarity to complex issues.” -Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014   “Ross Greene is a phenomenal speaker. I could attend everything he would be presenting. He is amazing in content, presentation and interaction with the class. This subject will change my life with my wife and son.” -Ross L | Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014   “Amazing tone, pace and presence!” -Oakville, ON | May 28 – 30, 2014   “My only regret is that my staff members are not here with me. This workshop was very informative. I thank you for sharing your knowledge.” -Oakville, ON | May 28 – 30, 2014   “This was an incredible three days – I learned a lot about the program and even more about myself. I look forward to the opportunity to use this at my school.” -Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014 “Great course! For working with kids with disabilities (and their families), and also having my own child with challenging behavior - this model just makes sense!” -Lindsay C (McMan Youth Family & Community)| Edmonton, AB | April 14 – 16, 2014 “Ross’ problem-solving approach is inspiring and refreshing. I felt like I was sitting in a room on the brink of a revolutionary movement of ideas for helping students solve their emotional problems.” - Langley, BC | May 21, 2015 “Thank you! A common-sense approach that should be mandatory for every educator and teaching candidate! As well, every parent should use this approach to help develop well-adjusted children.” - Scott Sieben, Principal | Langley, BC | May 21, 2015  

More information: www.livesinthebalance.org

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