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
    October 1 – October 29, 2019: 
     CPS Parent Group, 5-sessions held on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. 120 Main Street Cheshire, CT 06410. 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
  • 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

  • Quincy, MA
    October 7 – November 4, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks (no class on 10.14.19) held on Mondays at 6PM at the Quincy Family Resource Center at 1120 Hancock Street- South Entrance, 1st Floor (off Johnson Ave) Quincy, MA 02169. Any population; all welcome. This group is facilitated by Linda M. Perry, MA who is CPS Certified. For specific information, call Linda Perry at (617) 750-1522, or email: lperry0181@comcast.net
  • 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

  • Online Parent Groups

September 16 – November 4, 2019:  CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Mondays at 4PM. ONLINE CLASS. Facilitated by Beth Holliman, MA, LPC, who is a CPS Certified Trainer. For parents and caregivers residing in the state of Oregon. $200/person to attend. The Oregon Health Authority is offering a number of scholarships to Oregon Residents to attend this class. Registration forms and scholarship applications can be found at: www.ohsu.edu/cps For more information, call: (503) 346-1490 or email: cps@ohsu.edu

September 16 – November 4, 2019:  CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Mondays at 6PM. ONLINE CLASS. Facilitated by Margaret Johnson, LMSW who is a CPS Certified Trainer. For parents and caregivers residing in the state of Oregon. $200/person to attend. The Oregon Health Authority is offering a number of scholarships to Oregon Residents to attend this class. Registration forms and scholarship applications can be found at: www.ohsu.edu/cps For more information, call: (503) 346-1490 or email: cps@ohsu.edu

  • Bend, OR
    September 11 – October 30, 2019 CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Wednesdays at 6PM at 230 NE 9th in Bend, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Shannon Pugerude, MA, CPS Certified Trainer.  Any population. Contact: (541) 419- 3324 or email: info@samaralearningcenter.org
  • Corvallis, OR
    October 22 – November 26, 2019 CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Tuesdays at 5:30PM at 2600 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
    September 16 – October 21, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Mondays at 9:30AM 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
    September 17 – October 22, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Tuesdays at 6:00PM 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
    Check back for groups in Newport, OR facilitated by Signe Miller who is CPS Certified.  For more information, call (541) 505-2511 or contact: signe@ofsn.net
  • Portland, OR
    October 5 – November 16, 2019 (skips October 26th) CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks held on Saturdays 9:30AM-11:15AM at Willamette Health & Wellness, 700 NE Multnomah St. Facilitated by Beth Holliman, MA, LPC, who is a CPS Certified Trainer. $300/person to attend. For more information, visit: www.willamettehealthandwellness.com or call: (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 
  • West Linn, OR
    September 24 – November 12, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Tuesdays at 6:00PM at 1750 Blankenship Road, Suite 200, West Linn, Oregon, 97068. This group is facilitated by Kate O’Kelley, MA who is a CPS Certified Trainer. This group is only available to certified GOBHI Foster Parents and will be supporting foster parents in various regions of Oregon. For more information, call Kate O’Kelley at (503) 388-5612 or contact: kohelley@gobhi.org
  • West Linn, OR
    September 27 – November 14, 2019 
    CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks held on Thursdays at 10AM at 1750 Blankenship Road, Suite 200, West Linn, Oregon, 97068. This group is facilitated by Kate O’Kelley, MA who is a CPS Certified Trainer. This group is only available to certified GOBHI Foster Parents and will be supporting foster parents in various regions of Oregon. For more information, call Kate O’Kelley at (503) 388-5612 or contact: kohelley@gobhi.org

Vermont

  • 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
    October 2 – November 13, 2019 CPS Parent Group, 7-weeks held on Wednesdays at 6:30PM at 3900 W. Broad St. Bldg 10 Richmond, VA 23230. This group is facilitated by Carmen M. Dailey, MIS who is a CPS Certified Trainer.  Central VA attendees welcome; web-based attendance available for those who live at a distance. Max. enrollment will be 10. Cost is $65. For more information, call Carmen Dailey at (804) 677-2869 or contact: cdailey@umfs.org

 Canada

  • Ontario, Canada
    Check back for future parent group dates in Ontario, Canada. Facilitated by Marla Cameron,  M.Ed., C. Psych. Assocwho is a CPS Certified Trainer. To register, call (905) 691-7918 or email: cameronm@hdsb.ca
  • 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.