There’s an old saying that goes, “What’s in the well comes up in the bucket.” Although this bit of country wisdom might explain a lot of things in this world, our guest today, Dr. Ross Greene, strongly believes it does NOT explain the behavior of challenging children and teens. In other words, inappropriate behavior DOESN’T come from youngsters because they are deciding to be difficult or manipulative, or that they are unmotivated or “bad.” He suggests poor behavior happens because a youngster is lagging in the skills to fix the behavior himself.
Dr. Greene will share how the past 30-40 years of research supports a position he states constantly: “Kids will do well if they CAN.” Not only will he make this perspective more clear in this program, Dr. Greene will explain what this means in terms of behavioral intervention, and he will direct us to a gold mine of resources and support as we collaborate toward success.
Dr. Ross Greene is the originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach and the author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and he holds teaching and lecturing positions with Cambridge Hospital, Virginia Tech and Tufts University. Dr. Green is the founder of Lives in the Balance, a non-profit entity that disseminates his model through no-cost, web-based programming. He consults extensively with families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units and residential and juvenile detention facilities, and he lectues world-wide. (26:27)
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