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I always come away from the NASP conventions with energy and renewed excitement about being a school psychologist.
Alice Wellborn, MA, NCSP
Transylvania County Schools

I am always impressed with the level of expertise and depth of offerings at the NASP convention.
Nadine Woodle, NCSP
Naperville School District 203

The Activist School Psychologist: Collaborate, Advocate, and Lead
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ross W. Greene, PhD

There are tremendous opportunities for school psychologists to improve the understanding and treatment of kids who face academic and behavioral challenges … and tremendous opportunities to collaborate with staff to make it happen. There are also major obstacles making things more difficult, among them long-held beliefs about behavior change that center on rules and rewards and consequences, and resistance to honest self-reflection and the challenge of taking a new perspective.  In his keynote, Dr. Ross Greene—the originator of a model of care now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), described in his books The Explosive Child and Lost at School—will describe the key ingredients involved in changing things for the better.

At the core of this effort is seeing—and helping others to see—the most difficult problem behavior through a new lens, that challenging behavior is set in motion by lagging skills, not lagging motivation. Helping students cope adaptively involves (a) making the shift from emergent, reactive intervention to proactive intervention and (b) shifting from unilateral intervention to a process of solving problems collaboratively in which the student is fully engaged.

Dr. Greene will also explore how school psychologists are ideally suited to foster the necessary collaboration, advocate for, and lead changes in school-wide behavior and discipline practices and establish a more compassionate, effective approach to helping students with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Ross W. Greene, PhD, is the author of the well-known books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and the originator of a model of care (now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) emphasizing collaboration between kids and adults in resolving the problems contributing to children’s behavioral challenges. He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on the professional staff at the Cambridge Hospital, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and senior lecturer in the graduate program in school psychology in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Dr. Greene founded the nonprofit Lives in the Balance (www.livesinthebalance.org) to provide free, Web-based resources on his model and to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers. He lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids.

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Meet Ross Greene

Meet Ross Greene, pick up a copy of his best-selling book Lost at School: Why Our Kids With Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them, and get it signed in the NASP Publications Center following the keynote address.

Book Signing
2:00–2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19
NASP Publications Center
in the Exhibit Hall