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Interview with Dr. Ross Greene

Dr. Ross Greene discusses the explosive child and tips for collaborative parenting.
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In this interview, Dr. Ross Greene explains:

  • The difference between a meltdown and explosiveness
  • How parents can avoid "walking on eggshells" around their child
  • What relationship exists, if any, between explosiveness and anxiety or depression
  • How we can collaborate with our child for a stronger, more positive relationship
  • What's happening when a child "escapes" emotionally after a big emotional expression
  • The style of parenting from which children benefit most
  • Addressing underlying needs rather than "solving" for behavior
  • Healthy and unhealthy ways to channel anger
  • How to work with children rather than against them
More aboutDr. Ross Greene

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He also developed and executive produced the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance in 2009. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in recidivism, discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint and seclusion. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

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