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
    January 22 February 12, 2019: CPS Parent Group will be held on Tuesdays at 10am: 145 West Main St. Suite 260 in Tustin, CA. This group will be facilitated by Debra Ann Afarian who is CPS Certified, and costs $150 per person | $250 per couple. For more information or to register, call (714) 695-1057 or visit: www.HBCC.us

     Connecticut/New York/New Jersey

  • Manhattan, NY
    January 6 February 10, 2019:
    CPS Parent Group held on Sundays at 1PM (no group on January 20th) on the Upper West Side in New York City. This group will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified and is based in Connecticut. This group will take place in a private residence in Manhattan and is open to parents in the Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ). The specific address will be given upon registration. To register, please call or email Divinna 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
    January 7 February 4, 2019:
    CPS Parent Group held on Mondays at 6PM (no group on January 21 for MLK Day) at the Quincy Family Resource Center – 1120 Hancock Street – South Entrance 1st Floor. This group will be facilitated by Linda M. Perry, MA who is CPS Certified. Childcare and light dinner will be provided. For more information call (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

     Oregon

  • Bend, OR
    January 30, 2019 – March 20, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 6:00PM at 3230 NE 9th Street Bend, OR. This group is facilitated by Shannon Pugerude who is a CPS Certified Trainer. All are welcome! For more information call (503) 333-7400, or email: Info@samaralearningcenter.org
  • McMinnville, OR
    January 7, 2019 – February 25, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Mondays at 9:30am at 420 NE 5th Street McMinnville, OR 07128. This group is facilitated by Jan Urton, who is CPS Certified. Any population. Contact: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Newberg, OR
    January 8, 2019 – February 12, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Tuesdays at 6PM at First United Methodist Church 1205 Deborah Road, Newberg, OR 97132. This group is facilitated by Jan Urton, who is CPS Certified. Any population. Contact: urtonj@co.yamhill.or.us
  • Portland, OR
    January 7, 2019 – February 25, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Mondays at 6:30PM at 1235 SE Morrison Suite 100 Portland, OR 97214. This group is facilitated by Ted Layman,  LCSW, who is a CPS Certified Trainer. Any population, all are welcome! For more information, call (503) 376-7114, ext. 6 or email: Ted@restoretherapypdx.com
  • Portland, OR
    February 2
    , 2019 – March 16, 2019: CPS Parent Group, held on Saturdays at 9AM at Willamette Health & Wellness – 700 NE Multnomah St. Portland, OR 97232. This group is facilitated by Beth Holliman, MA, LPC who is a CPS Certified Trainer. Any population is welcome! For more information, call (503) 729-1380 or email: info@whwpdx.com
  • Online Group
    November 6, 2018 – January 8, 2019: 8 week CPS Parent Group (skips some holiday dates) held on Tuesdays at 6PM. This group is facilitated by Margaret Johnson, MSW who is a CPS Certified Trainer. Exclusively for Oregon parents. For more information call (503) 346-1490, or email: cps@ohsu.edu

Vermont

  • South Pomfret, VT
    March 6, 2019– March 27, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 6PM at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, 2095 Pomfret Road. This group is facilitated by Jenifer Aldrich, who is a CPS Certified. Caregivers are welcome to bring their elementary-age children for a special art session during each night the group meets. Art activities will be supervised and faciliated in a separate classroom while caregivers participate in CPS training. For more information call (603) 303-6337, or email: jaldrich@wsesu.net

    Canada

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
    October 5 December 19, 2018:
    CPS Parent Group at 10AM at IWK Health Centre for 8-weeks. These groups are facilitated by Kimberley Clark, MA who is a CPS Certified Trainer. For more information or to register, call (902) 470-5046 or email: kimberley.clark@iwk.nshealth.ca
  • Ontario
    November 29 December 18, 2018:
    CPS Parent Group at 7PM at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC) 2200 Sawgrass Drive Oakville, Ontario L6H4V1. These groups are facilitated by Chris Alexiou who is CPS Certified. For more information or to register, call (905) 257-6029 or email: info@opnc.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