Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Summary

Summary of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based approach for understanding and helping kids with concerning behaviors, as described in Dr. Ross Greene’s books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings.


Dr Nead and Dr Nicoll both were trained in this approach and have been involved using this approach in outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and in a home setting.

The approach is based on two main ideas. 


-- First, the reason some kids respond maladaptively to problems and frustrations is that they’re lacking the skills.

- Second, the best way to reduce concerning behaviors is by solving the problems that are causing those behaviors. This is best done in a collaborative way (team approach including parents/guardians as well as the child). Dealing with behaviors should also be done in a proactive (rather than reactive) way. The model aims to decrease or eliminate adult-imposed consequences aimed at modifying behavior. 

Overview of Program with The Grove: Comprehensive Psychiatry and Wellness 

- 1 session with parents (no child present) to complete the ALSUP (Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems.

- 1-2 session with parents (no child present) for training in Plan B.

- 1-3 sessions with parents and child to practice and follow up with progress.

CPS is not a one time intervention but a shift in the discipline and day to day interactions between the parent(s) and child. Don't expect perfection on day one. This is a process and skill that will develop overtime to yield a more effective parenting approach and a richer relationship with your child.

Thank you to Dr Ross Greene for the development of this program. The program and forms were developed by Dr Ross Greene and The Grove: Comprehensive Psychiatry and Wellness takes no credit for them. Learn more about Dr Greene and his approach at