Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2021

Raun K. Kaufman


“Child First Autism Approaches:
Respectful Strategies for Relationship-Building, Conflict-Free Learning,
Socialization and Crisis Turnaround”

“VANCOUVER, British Columbia”
Virtual – Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

9am – 5pm

Join us for an all-day workshop packed with innovative paradigm-shifting techniques and approaches for creating socialization and communication breakthroughs with children and adults on the autism spectrum.


Everyone raising or working with a child, youth or adult with any diagnosis of being under the Autism Spectrum. 


Raun K. Kaufman’s energetic, humorous, guaranteed-you-won’t-be-bored style will whisk you through this highly-interactive seminar designed for parents, family members, therapists, and educators.

In the first class, Raun will unveil the root cause of crises and extreme behaviors…and the real solutions. In the next class, Raun will take you on a deep dive into the unrecognized issues at the heart of autism and how to unravel them by entering your loved one’s world first. And, in the third class, Raun will set you up with take-away techniques to enable children and adults on the spectrum to cross the bridge to our world, learn, and grow – in a way that works with them rather than against them.

By the end of the workshop, you will learn:
— The deeper causes of crises, meltdowns, hitting, yelling, and other challenging behaviors – and how misdiagnosis of the problem prevents us from solving it
— The truth about autism – what it really is, and how it is profoundly misunderstood (which means that our kids are, too)
— How to detect your loved one’s stress signals…so you can circumvent flare-ups before they happen
— The 5 turnaround tools that can quiet any crisis by addressing the cause instead of the symptoms
— How to see the difference between a behavioral issue and a social-relational issue
— How to use “autism X-ray vision glasses” to discern your loved one’s brain state
— How to approach your child or adult in a way that matches their brain state
— The key to “speaking their language” so that you can create a trusted and bonded relationship with someone on the spectrum, even if they don’t seem interested
— The most respectful and effective approach to “stimming”
— How to use your child or adult’s powerful interests as a gateway to accelerated learning…instead of seeing those interests as an obstacle to learning
— What the main tenets of Son-Rise Program® are
— The Son-Rise Program® Developmental Model’s Four Fundamentals of Socialization
— The implications for those on the spectrum of Raun K. Kaufman’s remarkable journey through autism


Raun K. Kaufman is the author of  Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World and the former CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America.  In addition to his work with families and educators over the past 23 years, Raun brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of autism treatment: his own personal history.

As a child, Raun was diagnosed with severe autism and recommended for lifelong institutionalization. Instead, his parents developed The Son-Rise Program, which enabled their son to emerge from his autism with no trace of his former diagnosis. His story was recounted in the best-selling book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and the award-winning NBC-TV movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.  

An international lecturer and graduate of the Ivy League’s Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics, Raun has conducted lectures, seminars, and workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His articles have been published in The Autism File and Good Autism Practice and in books such as Silver Linings and Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism.  He has been interviewed by the National Public Radio, BBC Television, Fox News Channel, The London Telegraph and People Magazine.

Autism Treatment Center of America, home of The Son-Rise Program, at  www.AutismTreatment.org.

For Continuing Education Units (CEUs) see Registration page

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February 24-25, 2022

Dr Ross Greene’s


Collaborative & Proactive Solutions

“Vancouver, British Columbia”
Virtual – Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

9am – 4pm

Join us for an in-depth orientation to the key themes and key assessment and treatment facets of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model. You will receive in-depth training and review of the model through direct lecture-style teaching by Dr. Greene including interactive participation, case studies, video examples, and question and answer opportunities.


Everyone raising, living or working with a child or youth with challenging behaviours.
Including but not limited to Parents/Caregivers, Mental Health Professionals, Special Educators, Classroom Teachers, Special Education Administrators, Superintendents, Principals/Assistant Principals, Speech/Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Pediatricians/Family Physicians, Staff in Restrictive Therapeutic Facilities (Inpatient Psychiatric Units, Residential Facilities, Juvenile Detention Facilities)


This is the evidence-based model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families, schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, concerning behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, restraints, and seclusions. The model represents a significant departure from discipline-as-usual: it focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.

Dr. Greene will answer many questions during the webinar — especially at the end of each segment.

At the conclusion of this training participants will:

  • Describe the five big shifts of the CPS model, including focusing on problems rather than behaviors, the advantages of collaborative (rather than unilateral) problem solving; and the importance and feasibility of proactive (rather than reactive) intervention.
  • Identify the lagging skills and unsolved problems using the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems(ALSUP).
  • Describe the three basic mechanisms by which adults handle unsolved problems and unmet expectations in kids (Plans A, B, and C) and what is accomplished by each, and the three steps or “ingredients” of Plan B.
  • Describe how to effectively implement Plan B to solve problems, teach skills, and reduce the frequency and intensity of challenging behavior.
  • Identify the strategies for dealing with the various structural factors in schools that may impede implementation of the CPS model.
  • Describe and deal with the roadblocks commonly encountered in implementation with individual children and in families and systems.

Lecture , video demonstration, and Q & A will be used as the primary means of instruction.

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


Dr. Greene is the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model and author of the books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. He is Executive Producer of the documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018.

He and his colleagues consult extensively to families, general and special education schools, inpatient and residential facilities, and systems of juvenile detention. His research has been funded by, among others, the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institutes on Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the U.S. Department of Education. He lives in Portland, Maine.

While Dr. Greene originally referred to his model as “Collaborative Problem Solving” — and most of his chapters, articles, research papers, and books prior to 2013 refer to the model by that name — he has no association whatsoever with organizations or individuals now marketing a product by that name. You can read about the circumstances related to that unpleasant scenario here.

For Continuing Education Units (CEUs) see Registration page

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“This was an exceptionally beneficial lecture. Highly recommend it for all educators and/or parents.”

-Meriel lindley, owner & manager of montessori preschool, helen’s bay, uk

“I was so thrilled as a mom of a 13-year-old autistic boy to hear Raun K. Kaufman speak. He is so empowering and clear about how parents can reach and affect change in their kids. So much of what parents hear is negative and it’s a breath of fresh air to hear hope! Thank you 4children.ca!”

-Jayme Dafoe, parent, host of homeschool autism life, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA, CANADA

Previous Speakers

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

See more at www.drgabormate.com

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and founder and Scientific Director of Self-Reg Global Inc. 

See more at www.self-reg.ca

Jeff Noble is the Founder and CEO of an organization that provides hope and education to people caring for someone living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through online applications and in-person training sessions, demonstrations and consultations.

See more at www.fasdforever.com

Since 2001, David has spoken internationally and domestically on the topic of Fetal Alcohol and the Law at seminars, conferences and training workshops. His audience regularly includes judges, lawyers, police, probation officers, nurses, social workers and teachers. 

See more at www.davidboulding.com

Her mission: One Race. Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.

See more at www.janeelliott.com

Donnie Winokur is an internationally known speaker, writer, producer and advocate who has spent the last 30 years in the communications arena. While Donnie’s interest is based on first-hand experience parenting her own son who is affected by fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), autism, mental illness and a host of differing abilities, her outreach extends to the international level in the field of developmental disabilities.

See more at www.thechancerchronicles.com

He is the originator of the model of care described in [his] books, now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). 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, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. 

See more at www.drrossgreene.com

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