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If you are registered, all the information you need to know about the workshop is presented below.  Please take the time to read all the information.

If you have questions after reading all the information, you can email us [email protected] or call us on (02) 5105 5262, we are only too happy to help.


Say goodbye to conflict, screaming, time-outs, detentions and suspensions. Say hello to solving problems collaboratively and proactively. If all those consequences you’ve been using haven’t improved the challenging behaviour of your child or student, then this workshop is for you! To really address child behaviour, we need to focus on the problems that are causing that behaviour. Solve those problems collaboratively and proactively, and you’ll not only improve the child’s behaviour, you’ll simultaneously improve your relationship, enhance communication, and teach a bunch of important skills. Dr Greene will train participants in the use of his empirically supported model, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS).  The Cairns workshop introduces participants to the model and it’s use in a range of settings and is suitable for both professionals and parents.

Again, all the information you need to know about the workshop is presented below.  Please take the time to read all the information.

Workshop Information

Introduction to CPS Workshop – Cairns – Monday 24 June 2019

This is the foundation course that Ross presents.  It provides participants with a solid understanding of the CPS model.

In this workshop to be held at James Cook University, The Cairns Institute in Smithfield Cairns, Far North Queensland, Dr Greene will train participants in the use of his empirically supported model Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, private therapeutic practices, inpatient psychiatry units and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviours, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions and physical, chemical and mechanical restraints.

The CPS model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual: It focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behaviour, emphasises collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasises diagnostic categories and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.

Participants in this workshop will leave with an understanding of the underpinnings of the model, its refinements over the past 8-10 years and practical assessment and intervention tools that can be brought back to and used in a diverse range of settings.

All participants will receive a certificate crediting them with 6 workshop/contact hours.

More information about Dr Greene’s CPS model can be found here.

Note:  This “Introductory” workshop is the “foundation” course that provides a solid understanding of Dr Green’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model.  If you attended Dr Greene’s training in Australia last year, you already did this course and the Advanced course is for you.  Advanced workshops are being held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  Taking the two courses together, i.e. the Introductory and Advanced workshops, provides clinicians and educators with the prerequisite for participating in CPS Certification Training. More information about CPS Certification Training here.

Recommendations from last year’s workshop

I was just so impressed with this workshop. I thought it was just brilliant. It was like being given the missing piece of a puzzle to complete my transition over many years from the old fashioned authoritarian approach to discipline, to one that uses empathy and treats children with respect and dignity. I’ve always known what I wanted to achieve but lacked the skills and knowledge to do so as effectively as I wanted. This workshop helped me to see I’ve been focussing on the wrong things. How exciting. Many thanks. (Professional)

Thanks so much for hosting the workshop yesterday. It was super informative and my husband and I both feel we have a better understanding of the CPS model to support our 3 kids. I thought I’d cheekily offer our family if you need a volunteer case study for when Ross returns for advanced training! (Parent)

More recommendations can be found HERE.

Dr Ross Greene Biography

Dr Ross Greene is an internationally recognised child psychologist and acclaimed author. Dr Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. His research-based model – called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), and described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings – has revolutionised the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges in a vast array of settings. Dr Greene’s vast experience in working with kids in these settings is the guiding vision for his work. He is also adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct professor on the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Ross presented his one-day training program in his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model to sell out audiences in Australia last year. Dr Greene lectures and consults widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

Ticket Prices

Workshop Ticket Sales are now CLOSED.

Standard Rate ticket sales 20 April to 7 June 2019

Standard Rate – Introductory Workshop – $350 plus GST ($385 including GST).   

Ticketing Notes

  1. All prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST.
  2. Venue capacity is limited and we expect tickets to sell out early.
  3. There are prerequisites to attend the Advanced Workshop, see Advanced Workshop notes.
  4. Our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy is here, in purchasing a ticket you are deemed to have accepted our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy.
  5. If you are purchasing a ticket from a country outside Australia our website does not display or charge the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  6. Your Tickets and your Tax Invoice/Receipt are emailed upon purchase.
  7. This year we are offering one low price for everyone.  The Early Bird rate (closed 20 April) was $200 cheaper than last year’s “professional” rate and $40 cheaper than last year’s “parent” rate.  We hope you like our new “one low price for all” and will spread the word for us.  Change will only happen when as many people as possible attend this workshop and we want to influence change not just provide training.

We Can Invoice You

We accept Purchase Orders from Schools and Government Departments who can not use a corporate credit card.

Information on Purchase Orders is here.  Scan and email your Purchase Order to [email protected]   Along with the Purchase Order we will need:

  • The name and email address of the person(s) attending the workshop.
  • Let us know if you wish to purchase catering.
  • Let us know if you are attending the free screening of the film The Kids We Lose – A Documentary Film at the end of the workshop (see information below).
  • We will email you back a Tax Invoice.

Catering (please read)

All ticket purchases DO NOT include catering.  We do this to keep ticket prices as low as possible.

You can choose to purchase catering by adding catering to your ticket purchase in the ticketing section at the bottom of this page.   

If you purchase catering it includes morning and afternoon tea and a working style lunch.  There is a space to provide your dietary requests when purchasing catering.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch and refreshments if you prefer, but you can’t eat in the theatre.

We try to choose venues where there are food outlets and cafés within close proximity and provide adequate time for lunch and breaks so participants can go out for food and refreshments at break times.  Please note that opportunities to purchase food may not be available at the Cairns workshop, so if you don’t want to purchase a catering ticket, you should bring your own refreshments.

  • Catering Ticket Cairns – $45 – includes all day tea/coffee/juice/water, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.  Catering Tickets are purchased at the bottom of this page.

Documentary Film Screening

Directly after the 24 June workshop in Cairns, there will be a free screening of the film The Kids We Lose – A Documentary Film, Ross Greene was the Executive Producer.  Information about the film is HERE.  All workshop participants are warmly invited to attend this free Australian premiere screening, the documentary goes for 90 minutes and will commence at the end of the workshop.  When purchasing a workshop ticket you will be asked to indicate whether you can attend the film screening or not (to help us plan seating).

Workshop Timetable

The workshop will start on time at 8:30am with registration open from 8am.

8:00am – Registration opens

8:30am – Workshop Commences

10:15am – Morning Break (30 minutes)

10:45am – Workshop Continues

12:00 noon – Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00pm – Workshop Continues

2:15pm – Afternoon Break (30 minutes)

2:45pm – Workshop Continues

4:30pm – Workshop Concludes

4:35pm – Free Australian Premiere of The Kids We Lose – A Documentary Film (90 minutes)

How is the training delivered?

All workshops will be delivered via a combination of lecture with accompanying handouts, review of clinical applications via video, and audience questions.

Who is the training suitable for?

These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) health professionals, psychologists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, school administrators, school principals, classroom teachers, special education teachers, teacher aids, disability workers, autism specialists, policy makers and administrators, juvenile justice workers, child protection workers, mental health practitioners, youth workers, residential and respite care workers, chaplains, nurses, child behaviour specialists and of course parents and carers.

Apart from the prerequisites to attend the Advanced workshop (completing the Introductory workshop), there are no formal prerequisites to attending the Introductory workshops.  Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

What to Bring?

Water/water bottle, pen and notebook/device, if you do not purchase catering bring lunch and snacks, don’t forget that water bottle.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance?

At the conclusion of the workshop all ticket holders will receive a certificate crediting you with:

  • 6 workshop/contact hours per workshop

What is our workshop refund and cancelation policy?

Our Workshop Refund and Cancelation Policy can be found HERE.

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How do I get to the venue?

The workshop will be held at James Cook University, The Cairns Institute, Crowther Theatre, Lecture Theatre A3-001, McGregor Rd, Smithfield QLD.  Venue location information including parking information, can be found HERE.

Still have a question?

Send your question to [email protected] or you can call us on (02) 5105 5262.  We are happy to help you register over the phone if you are having trouble.