Australia’s first accredited Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) clinic
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is an innovative treatment designed for families of behaviourally challenging kids and teenagers who want to explore an alternative to traditional parent management training. Developed by Ross Greene from Harvard Medical School, it has been used widely in the United States and Canada.
In CPS, parent and child work together to identify situations where something is getting in the way of the child doing well, and then collaborate on how to overcome them and find durable solutions. A recent randomised controlled trial in the US compared CPS with Parent Management Training (PMT), the “gold standard” treatment for children with behaviour problems. This landmark study found that CPS was equally as effective as PMT over time. Visit the Lives in the Balance website (opens an external site) for more information.
What do I need to know for the first session?
During the first session, your psychologist will primarily discuss the program and your concerns with you. She will also have a brief discussion with the child in order to gain their perspective. While the session is taking place, the child will be able to wait in the children’s waiting room, which contains a variety of activities including puzzles, pencils and paper, and a television with DVDs.
For subsequent sessions, the first two to three after the initial session will only involve the parent(s). After these introductory sessions, both the parent(s) and the child will be required at each session, and the child will participate for most of the session.
What if I need to cancel?
Please contact us by calling 9514 4077 for 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, or charges apply. Please note that this is not a crisis service, as the email is not monitored. In case of a crisis, please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or present to your nearest Emergency Department.