Using the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model to Understand & Find Solutions for Challenging Behaviour with Anna Dedousis-Wallace
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The Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model (CPS) is an innovative, empirically supported, an evidence-based treatment developed by Dr Ross Greene from Harvard Medical School.
It is a non-punitive, non-adversarial, trauma-responsive model of care designed for families of behaviourally challenging children and teens. In this model parent and child work together to identify situations where something is getting in the way of the child doing well, and then collaborate on how to overcome them and find durable solutions.
The CPS model is based on the premise that concerning behaviour occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child’s capacity to respond adaptively.
So the emphasis of the model isn’t on children’s concerning behaviour – just the manner in which they are expressing the fact there are expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. The model focuses on identifying the skills the child is lacking and the expectations they are having difficulty meeting. Then the goal is to help children and caregivers solve those problems, rather than trying to modify children’s behaviour through application of rewards and punishments.
The goal is to foster a collaborative partnership between adults and children and to engage children in solving the problems that affect their lives. Being a non-punitive and non-adversarial model, the likelihood of conflict is decreased, relationships enhanced and communication improved.
Anna is a senior clinical psychologist and researcher at The Kidman Centre, University of Technology Sydney. Anna’s has had varied clinical experience over the years treating a range of disorders for children and adults. Her most recent research and clinical experience has focused on children with disruptive behaviour disorders, with the majority of these children also presenting with co-morbid ADHD. Anna is one of two certified trainers of CPS in Australia. She has used CPS to treat children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, within a
large randomised controlled trial. Anna’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of disruptive behaviour disorders and ADHD.
This talk will be highly relevant to parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with neurodiverse children/young adults.