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
  • Branford, CT
    March 4  April 8, 2019:
    CPS Parent Group held on Mondays at 6:30PM (no group on March 25th) at Branford Families in Branford , Connecticut 06405. This group will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified. More information upon registration. To register, please call or email Divinna at: (860) 876-0236 or DivinnaCPS@comcast.net
  • Old Saybrook, CT
    March 6  April 3, 2019:
    CPS Parent Group held on Wednesdays at 6PM at Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services, 322 Main Street Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475. This group will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified. 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 – 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  
  • April 10 – May 29, 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 – 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
  • Medford, OR
    February 6 – March 13, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 5:30PM at 522 W. 6th Street Medford, OR 97501. This group is facilitated by Jennifer Henderson, DBH, LPC who is CPS Certified.  For more information, call (541) 821-9559 or contact: admin@jhendersoncounseling.com
  • Newberg, OR
    January 8 – 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 – 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
     – March 16, 2019: CPS Parent Group, held on Saturdays at 9AM at Willamette Health & Wellness – 700 NE Multnomah Street Portland, OR . 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
  • Salem, OR
    January 22 – February 26, 2019CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks, held on Tuesdays at 2PM at 2765 19th Street SE Salem, OR 97302. This group is facilitated by Jackie Bauman, DBH, LPC who is CPS Certified.  Target group: early childhood. For more information, call (503) 588-5330 or contact: jackie.bauman@wesd.org
  • Waldport, OR
    January 26
     – February 23, 2019: CPS Parent Group, held on Saturdays at 12:30PM at Seashore Family Literacy Center -125 NW Spruce Street Waldport, Oregon. This group is facilitated by Signe Miller who is a CPS Certified. Any population is welcome! For more information, call (541) 505-2511 or email: signem@ofsn.net

Vermont

  • South Pomfret, VT
    March 6 – 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

  • Stay tuned, Canada! New parent groups to be announced for 2019.

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