Voices of CPS

Implementing Dr. Greene's approach -- at home, school, or in a restrictive therapeutic facility -- isn't easy. So it can help to hear from people who've already made the journey...with all the hurdles, doubts, challenges, rough patches, and breakthroughs that take place along the way. Just click on a video and see what these courageous people have to say. And you'll want to come back to this page every now again, as new voices are added from time to time.

 

Rod Bouffard

Rod Bouffard is formerly the Superintendent at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine (Maine's primary juvenile detention facility), where he oversaw implementation of the CPS model, with dramatic positive effects on rates of recidivism, use of solitary confinement, and staff and resident injuries. He's now Superintendent at the Maine State Prison. WATCH NOW

Aliscia Krecisz

Ms. Krecisz is a teacher at West Street Elementary School in Sanborn, New York.  As you’ll see, there’s a big difference between the ways in which she previously handled her challenging students and the ways she does now. WATCH NOW

Dorothy Plumpton

Ms. Plumpton is a second-grade teacher at Lafayette School in Sanford, Maine.  She was skeptical about Dr. Greene's model at first. Luckily, she’s also open-minded, and found that, once she cleared some initial hurdles, the model was very helpful in her work with some of her most challenging students. WATCH NOW

Dave DiGiacomo

Mr. DiGiacomo is a teacher at the Tuscorora Indian School in Lewiston, New York.  He’s passionate about helping kids, and equally passionate about Dr. Greene's model and how it has impacted his interactions with his more challenging students. WATCH NOW

Kate Thurman

Ms. Thurman is a counselor (and former classroom teacher) at Errick Road Elementary School in North Tonawanda, New York.  Here she talks about the parts of Dr. Greene's model that were hard for her to master, including “drilling” and dealing with kids who are silent in the Empathy step. WATCH NOW

Misty McBreirty

Is there enough time to implement the CPS model in a school? Misty McBrierty is currently Director of Director of Curriculum and Assessment in the Shaker Regional School District in New Hampshire...but when she answered this question, she was Assistant Principal at Shapleigh Middle School in Kittery, Maine. WATCH NOW

Kathy Regan

Ms. Regan is formerly Nurse Manager at the Child Assessment Unit (CAU), an inpatient psychiatry unit at Cambridge City Hospital. Before she and the staff on the CAU began implementing Dr. Greene's model, the unit had extremely high rates of restraints and locked-door seclusion.  Not anymore. WATCH NOW