Site Guide

People land on this website for lots of different reasons. Many people -- parents, grandparents, educators, staff members in facilities, mental health clinicians -- have been struggling to understand and help the behaviorally challenging kids in their lives for a very long time, and have often found that the traditional "lenses" and interventions haven't been very productive. Many are familiar with Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model, perhaps because they've read Raising Human Beings, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, or Lost and Found, and have heard about the vast array of free resources on this website. Still others end up here by happenstance or by searching the web. And others want to be agents of change, and want to help Lives in the Balance advocate for non-punitive, non-adversarial, proactive, collaborative, skill-building, relationship-enhancing interventions. No matter why you're here, we're glad you found us! Now, let's help you find what you're looking for.

Whether you're the parent of a behaviorally challenging kid or one who just has his moments, the PARENTS AND FAMILIES section is for you. The Walking Tour provides audio programming and demonstration videos to guide you through the basics of the CPS model and help you fundamentally change how you go about trying to solve problems with your child. If you want to dip your toe in the water before jumping in, you can read a one-page summary of the CPS model. You may also want to tune in to our web-based radio program, Parenting Your Behaviorally Challenging Child, which airs on the first Monday of every month, September though May and is co-hosted by Dr. Greene and parent Susy Portin. You can call in to ask questions, submit questions via the Contact form on this website, or listen to archives of past programs in the vast Listening Library. Dr. Greene also answers questions in the In the Trenches section (you can use the Contact form for that as well). If you're hungry for even more, you may want to check out the Hot Topics section, where specific issues and difficulties that often arise in implementing the CPS model are discussed. If you're interested in sharing your own hurdles, doubts, challenges, and/or breakthroughs, the Tell Your Story page is the place to do it. And if you prefer getting your info live and up-close, check out the Workshops/Training page...there are lots of different training options to meet your specific needs.

The EDUCATORS AND SCHOOLS section is a good place to start for educators and staff in restrictive therapeutic facilities. You have a Walking Tour of your own, complete with audio programming and demonstration videos, to guide you through the basics of the CPS model and help you interact with all students -- including those with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges -- in ways that are more compassionate and effective. And, of course, the one-page summary is available to you as well.  You may also want to tune in to another of our web-based radio programs, Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students, which airs on the first Monday of every month, September through May. On this program, Dr. Greene is joined by four principals who have implemented the CPS model in their buildings. The In the Trenches section contains questions from (and answers for) educators. To submit a question, just use the Contact form on this website. If you want to see if your school's discipline practices are in line with what we now know about why students exibit challenging behavior, take the School Discipline Survey...then let us know if you need our help! If you're hungry for even more, you'll want to check out the Hot Topics section, where specific issues and difficulties that often arise in implementing the CPS model are discussed. If you want to hear from other educators and staff who've been changing things for the better in their schools and facilities, check out the Voices secton, where you'll hear from other people who've been implementing the CPS model, along with all the hurdles, doubts, challenges, and breakthroughs they experienced along the way. Interested in describing your own hurdles, doubts, challenges, and/or breakthroughs with the model? The Tell Your Story page is the place to do it.

In the PARTICIPATE section, you can team up with lots of other people throughout the world who are eager to take a stand against punitive, adversarial, unilateral interventions and advocate for non-punitive, non-adversarial, collaborative, proactive, skill-building, relationship-enhancing interventions. If you're one of those people...if you're tired of time-outs, sticker charts, detentions, suspensions, expulsions, and corporal punishment...and all too aware of the tragic consequences of intervening in ways that foster alienation and hopelessness...we need your help! First, join the Kids Advocacy Action Network, which springs into action -- with mass emails and Care Packages -- when we become aware of situations in which behaviorally challenging kids (and their caregivers) are being misunderstood and treated in ways that are ineffective, counterproductive, stigmatizing, and unenlightened. The Action Team also serves as our eyes and ears in far-flung communities, so we can stay abreast of how behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers are being treated in your area. If you want to send a Care Package on your own, feel free...the good news is that the Care Package program is anonymous, so your intended recipient will receive helpful materials but won't know you sent it! If you want to stay current on news related to behaviorally challenging kids and how they're understood and treated, you'll want to check out the Good and Bad News section. And, every fall, Lives in the Balance hosts it's Annual Summit. If you can't make it, we have lots of streaming video to help you feel like you were there. We recognize the courageous people -- parents, educators, clinicians, administrators, staff members -- who are advocating for non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions in the Recognition Awards section of the site. You may also want to read the Bill of Rights for Behaviorally Challenging Kids (and get other folks to do the same) and sign it (and encourage others to do that, too). If a smile would do you some good, check out the Comic Relief section of the site. And, if you'd like to learn more about other non-punitive, non-adversarial interventions, we have a section on that too.

The Resources section contains all the instruments associated with the CPS model, including the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP), the ALSUP Guide, the Problem Solving Plan (formerly known as the Plan B Flowchart), the Drilling Cheat Sheet, and the Plan B Cheat Sheet (they're all on The Paperwork page). And the various books, research papers, and other articles and chapters related to the CPS* model can be found on the Research, Etc. page.

If you’d like to learn more about all that we're doing at Lives in the Balance, visit the About Lives in the Balance page. And if you have any comments about this website, suggestions for additional content, or want to provide us with any feedback on how Lives in the Balance can more effectively advocate in support of non-punitive, non-adversarial, collaborative, proactive practices, feel free to submit your ideas using the Contact form.

We'd like to acknowledge some very talented people who have been central to the development of this website, including the supremely talented and patient Jon Sachs (who designed the site), the smart folks at Redfin Solutions (whose technical expertise makes it all work), and Jack Maypole, M.D. (for his outstanding artwork on the cartoons).