A key component to developing social and emotional growth as well as problem solving abilities at Junior Academy occurs through the use of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. The key theme of the CPS model is that “kids do well if they can.”
The model focuses on developing collaborative skills in order to find solutions to challenging situations and problems. Not only is this essential as a life skill in order to function adaptively in the real world, this is also essential for the social – emotional health and development of our students.
Another tenet of this model is that when difficulties and / or challenging behaviour occur, they are best understood as the result of lagging skills. Working together, we can identify the skills the student is lacking and the expectations he or she is having difficulty meeting. We then work together with the student – collaborating – to solve the problems. If you are interested in finding out more about CPS, please visit http://www.livesinthebalance.org/parents-families
Under the guidance of the Mehrit Centre and Dr. Stuart Shanker’s self-reg model, Junior Academy is endeavoring to become a Self-Reg Haven for both staff and students. A Self-Reg Haven is a place where everyone feels safe in every way: physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. Junior Academy embraces the science of stress and the knowledge of neuroception, stress cycles, and individual stress reactivity. We support our staff to be stress detectives and assist our students to successfully navigate stressful situations.