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 in your area 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.

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      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
    November 7 – December 12, 2019
    :  CPS Parent Group, 5-sessions (skips Nov. 28th) held on Thursdays at 6:30PM. (If a session is canceled on any of the scheduled days, the snow day will be Dec. 19th.)  Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Route 81 Clinton, CT 06413. Facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified. For more information, please call or email Divinna directly at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net
  • Essex, CT
    September 19 – Ongoing
    Monthly CPS Parent Group, held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30PM.  Essex Library,  33 West Avenue, Essex CT 06426. Facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Collaborative Problem Solving, either through parent group or CPS training.  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

     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

     Oregon

  • Bend, OR
     Check back for parent groups in Bend, Oregon that are facilitated by Shannon Pugerude, MA, CPS Certified Trainer.  Any population. Contact: (541) 419- 3324 or email: info@samaralearningcenter.org
  • Corvallis, OR
    January 9 – February 27, 2020 CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Thursdays at 6:00PM at 3600 NW Samaritan Dr. Corvallis, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Suzanne Wilhour, CPS Certified. For more information, contact: (541) 829-0449 or email: youthandfamilyallies@gmail.com
  • McMinnville, OR
    November 12 – December 17, 2019
    CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Tuesdays at 6PM at 420 NE 5th St. in McMinnville, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Jan Urton who is CPS Certified. All welcome. For more information, call (503) 435-9107 or contact: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Medford, OR
    November 6 – November 27, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks held on Wednesdays at 5:30PM at 522 West Sixth Street, Medford, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Jennifer Henderson, DBH, LPC who is CPS Certified.  All welcome. For more information, call (541) 821-9559 or contact: admin@jhendersoncounseling.com
  • Newberg, OR
    November 12 – December 17, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Tuesdays at 9AM at First United Methodist Church 1205 Deborah Rd. Newberg, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Jan Urton who is CPS Certified.  All welcome. For more information, call (503) 435-9107 or contact: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Newport, OR
    February 5 – February 26, 2020 
    CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks held on Tuesdays at 1:00PM at the Western Title Building, 255 SW Coast Highways (basement level) Newport, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Signe Miller who is CPS Certified.  Any population; all are welcome! For more information, call (541) 505-2511 or contact: signe@ofsn.net
  • Portland, OR
    February 8 – March 14, 2020 CPS Parent Group,6-weeks held on Saturdays at 9:30AM at 700 NE Multnomah St. Portland, Oregon 97266. This group is facilitated by Beth Holliman, CPS Certified Trainer. 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
  • 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 
  • South Pomfret, VT
    Check back for parent groups facilitated by Jenifer Aldrich, who is a CPS Certified.  For more information call (603) 303-6337.

    Virginia

  • Richmond, VA
    Check back for future dates. Virginia parent groups are facilitated by Carmen M. Dailey, MIS who is a CPS Certified Trainer. For more information, call Carmen Dailey at (804) 677-2869 or contact: cdailey@umfs.org

 Canada

  • Ontario, Canada
    January 16 – February 6, 2020 
    CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks held on Thursdays at 7PM at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC) 2200 Sawgrass Drive Oakville, Ontario L6H7K3 Canada. This group is facilitated by Chris Alexiou who is CPS Certified. To register, 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.