CPS Parent Groups

Connecting with other like-minded adults to learn about the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach can be an invaluable experience.  Our CPS Parent Groups provide much-needed support and access to resources. In many instances this alone, or in conjunction with additional training, enables parents to successfully implement Collaborative Problem Solving with their child.

If you’re putting the CPS approach to use with your child/partner, want to talk about your challenges and successes, or want to learn more about the approach a CPS Parent Group can help answer questions, concerns, and provide the understanding you need to help your child develop the skills they need to be successful.

CPS Parent Groups are facilitated by individuals who are officially certified in the CPS approach, are professionally trained, and receive ongoing supervision from Think:Kids.

Join a CPS Parent Group

New! Online Parent Groups

Parents are invited to learn our proven Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS) approach by joining an online course that will:

• Address problems before things become escalated between you and your child.

• Explore why children sometimes struggle to meet day-to-day expectations.

• Help you and your child build critical skills.

• Connect with other parents in a compassionate and non-judgmental setting.

Please check back for dates of future online parents classes. Email us at Thinkkidsinfo@partners.org to request to be added to a list re: Think:Kids Parent Class.

 

      California

  • Tustin, CA
    Check back for future parent groups in Tustin, California facilitated  by Debra Ann Afarian who is CPS Certified. For more information, please call or email Debra Ann directly at: 714-695-1057 or email: dafarian@hbcc.us

      Connecticut

  • Cheshire, CT
    Check back for parent groups in Cheshire, CT that will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed, who is CPS Certified by Think:Kids. For more information, please call or email Divinna directly at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net
  • Clinton, CT
    Check back for parent groups in Cheshire, CT that will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed, who is CPS Certified by Think:Kids. For more information, please call or email Divinna directly at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net
  • Quaker Hill, CT
    Check back for parent groups facilitated in Quaker Hill, CT.
    For more information, 
    please call or email Divinna directly at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net
  • Weston, CT
    Tuesdays 5:30 PM | March 2020
    Five sessions, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Location: Available upon registration. Registration required.
    Facilitator: Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed, CPS Certified
    For more information, please call or email Divinna directly at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net

      Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids, IA Check back for dates when a group will be facilitated by Erin Forbes, LMSW who is CPS Certified. For more information call (319) 286-4545 or email: eforbes@tanagerplace.org

     Massachusetts

  • Greater Boston Area
    CPS Parent Groups facilitated by CPS Certified Trainer, Karen Kraut, MA, MPH. Virtual coaching sessions for parents are available. For more specific information on dates, call (617) 710-9300, email: KarenKraut@gmail.com or visit: BeTheParentBoston.com
  • Lexington, MA
    Tuesdays 7:00 PM | SPRING 2020
    Eight sessions*, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
    Location: 76 Bedford Street, Suite 10, Lexington, MA 02420
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Pierce, Ph.D.
    For more information call 781-862-6200,  email pierce@elizabethpiercephd.com, or go to www.elizabethpiercephd.com   
    *Tier 1 equivalent – eligible for Tier 2 after completion

     Minnesota

  • Saint Paul, MN Check back for parent groups facilitated by Ed Morales, LICSW  CPS Certified Trainer.  For more information on future dates in Minnesota, contact: ed@socorro.care

     Ohio

  • Marietta, OH
    Tuesdays, 3:00 PM | SPRING 2020
    Eight sessions, starting April 29, 2020
    Location: Online
    Facilitator: Douglas Pfeifer, CPS Certified 
    For more information call 740-376-0930 or email douglasp@l-pservices.com

     Oregon

  • Astoria, OR
    Thursdays 1:00 PM | SPRING 2020
    Six sessions, starting March 19, 2020
    Location: 3194 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 
    Facilitator: Melissa First, CPS Certified 
    For more information call 503-507-0660 or email melissaf@ofsn.net
  • Bend, OR
    Wednesdays 6:00 PM  | SPRING 2020

    Eight sessions*, starting February 19, 2020
    Location: 369 NE Revere Ave Suite 101, Bend, OR

    Facilitator: Shannon Pugerude, MA, CPS Certified Trainer
    For more information call 541-735-1541 or email scheduling@theheromakers.net
    *Tier 1 equivalent – eligible for Tier 2 after completion
  • Corvallis, OR
    Wednesdays 1:00 PM | SPRING 2020
    Eight Sessions, Starting April 15th 
    Location: Online
    Facilitator: Suzanne Wilhour, CPS Certified

    For more information, call 541-829-0449 or email travelsteadsuzanne@gmail.com
  • McMinnville, OR
    Mondays 9:30 AM | Spring 2020
    Six sessions, March 9, March 16, March 30, April 6, April 20 & April 27th 
    Location: Yamhill County Family & Youth Programs Office 420 NE 5th St.
    Facilitator: Jan Urton
    For more information, contact 503-435-9107 or email: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Medford, OR
    Check back for parent groups facilitated in Medford, OR. For more information, call (541) 821-9559 or contact: admin@jhendersoncounseling.com
  • Newberg, OR
    Tuesdays 6:00 PM | Spring 2020

    Six Sessions, March 10, March 17, March 31, April 7, April 21 and April  28
    Location: Newberg High School Wellness Center–J Bldg. Rm. 114
    Facilitator: Jan Urton
    All are welcome! For more information, call (503) 435-9107 or contact: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Newport, OR
    Check back for parent groups facilitated in Newport, OR. For more information, call (541) 505-2511 or contact: signe@ofsn.net
  • Pendleton, OR
    Wednesdays 10:00 AM | February 2020
    Four sessions, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 25th
    Location:
     Pendleton City Hall Community Room
    Facilitator: Sharyn Smith
    For more information, contact: 971-202-3850 or email: sharyns@ofsn.net
  • Portland, OR
    Mondays 6:00 PM | SPRING 2020

    Six Sessions, May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22
    Location: Online
    Facilitator: Margaret Johnson
    For more information, contact: 503-418-5226 or email: johnmarg@ohsu.edu
  • Portland, OR
    Saturdays 9:30 AM | SPRING 2020
    Six Sessions starting April 11, 2020
    Location: 700 NE Multnomah St. Portland, Oregon 97266.
    Facilitator: Beth Holliman
    For more information, visit www.willamettehealthandwellness.com, contact: (503) 729-1380 or email: info@whwpdx.com
  • Portland, OR
    Check back for parent groups facilitated by Ted Layman,  LCSW, who is a CPS Certified Trainer.  For more information, call (503) 376-7114, ext. 6 or email: Ted@restoretherapypdx.com
  • Springfield, OR
    Check back for future parent support group dates in Springfield, Oregon is facilitated by Mark Beach, MS who is CPS Certified.  For more information, call (541) 726-1465 or contact: bbarkman@thechildcenter.org
  • Salem, OR
    Mondays 6:30 PM | SPRING 2020
    Eight Sessions, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25,  June 1, 8
    Location: 1675 Wallace Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304
    Facilitator: Kevin Reilly

    For more information, call 503-560-8540 or email searchlightbcs@gmail.com
  • South Pomfret, VT
    Check back for parent groups facilitated by Jenifer Aldrich, who is a CPS Certified.  For more information call (603) 303-6337.
  • Tigard, OR
    Check back for future parent support group dates in Tigard, Oregon is facilitated by Nancy M. Petit who is CPS Certified.  For more information, call (503) 383-6109  or email: nmpetit@yahoo.com 
  • Virginia

  • Richmond, VA
    Wednesdays 6:30 PM | Winter 2020
    Eight sessions, January 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. March 4th, 11th, 18th
    Location:
     3900 W Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Buchholz
    For more information, contact: 804-353-4461 or email: ebuchholz@umfs.org
    *Tier 1 equivalent – eligible for Tier 2 after completion

 Canada

    • Ontario, Canada
      Check back for future parent support group dates in Oakville, Ontario. These groups are facilitated by Chris Alexiou who is CPS Certified. For more information, call (289) 795-6936 or email: alexiouc77@gmail.com
  • CPS Parent Group facilitators are certified by Think:Kids and receive ongoing supervision from Think:Kids. Information shared in CPS Parent Groups reflect the facilitator’s best understanding of the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach and are independent of Think:Kids/Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Collaborative Problem Solving® is a registered trademark of the Massachusetts General Hospital and all training content is owned by Massachusetts General Hospital. All rights reserved.