Collaborative & Proactive Solution Approach

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the non-punitive, non-adversarial, trauma-informed model of care developed by Dr. Ross Greene.

The model is based on the premise that challenging behaviour occurs when the expectations being placed on a child exceed the child’s capacity to respond adaptively, and that some children are lacking the skills to handle certain demands and expectations. 

The emphasis of the model isn’t on a student’s challenging behavior, but focuses on identifying the skills the child is lacking and the expectations he or she is having difficulty meeting (in the CPS model, those unmet expectations are referred to as unsolved problems).

The goal is to help students and educators solve those problems rather than trying to modify behavior through application of rewards and punishments.

In the CPS model, the problem solving is of the collaborative and proactive variety.