Collaborative Problem Solving

Dr. Ross Greene was the last speaker of the CSC Speaker Series held in the Boston area in 2010.  He talked about using his collaborative problem solving (CPS) approach with children with behavioral, emotional and social challenges.  I find it immensely compassionate and very effective.

Dr Green says that kids will do well if they can, “This is the most important theme of Collaborative Problem Solving: the belief that if kids could do well they would do well. In other words, if the kid had the skills to exhibit adaptive behavior, he wouldn’t be exhibiting challenging behavior. That’s because doing well is always preferable to not doing well.”  Dr Green does not like to use diagnostic labels to determine why children are acting the way they do.  Instead he prefers teaching the skills to solve their problems.  In order to do this we must see the situation from the child’s perspective, learn their concerns, state our concerns and then come up with a joint solution to the problem.  This approach respects the child and demonstrates that they have it within them to solve their problems in a constructive and effective way.  Please visit his website, www.livesinthebalance.org to see videos on the CPS approach.

Categories Beyond Labels | Tags: | Posted on May 16, 2010

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