Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, originator of the empirically supported Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach and author of the influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School.
In too many settings, behaviorally challenging kids are still poorly understood and treated in ways that are punitive, adversarial, reactive, unilateral, ineffective, and counterproductive. This scenario places these kids at serious risk for a variety of adverse outcomes.
Thanks to the sizeable body of research that has accumulated over the past 50 years, significant progress has been made in the understanding of the factors underlying challenging behavior, and points toward lagging skills (rather than lagging motivation) as the key factor. However, this research has been slow to influence assessment and treatment in many settings.
Lives in the Balance's mission is to build on that knowledge, the sizable body of research supporting the effectiveness of the CPS model, and their experiences in working with families, schools, inpatient units, residential and juvenile detention facilities, and government agencies, to change the lives of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers.