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
    March 7  March 28, 2019: CPS Parent Group will be held on Thursdays at 7pm: 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

Brandford, 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
  • Moodus, CT
    April 10  May 15, 2019:
    CPS Parent Group held on Wednesdays at 6PM at East Haddam Municipal Building, 1 Plains Road East Haddam, Connecticut 06469. Any population; all are welcome! This group will be facilitated by Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed who is CPS Certified.Childcare and light supper provided. Sponsored by Colchester and East Haddam Youth and Family Social Services.  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
    April 29 – May 20, 2019
    CPS Parent Group, 4-weeks, held on Mondays at 6PM at the Quincy Family Resource Center. 1120 Hancock Street – South Entrance, 1st Flr (off Johnson Ave.) All are welcome. Light dinner and childcare is available. Facilitated by Linda M. Perry, MA who is CPS Certified. Childcare set up separately, contactL Amelia at (617) 481-7227 ext. 166. For to register, 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

     Oregon

  • Online Parent Group
     April 15 – June 3, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Mondays at 5:30PM online via a web-based application. This online group is facilitated by Margaret Johnson, LMSW who is a CPS Certified Trainer. For parents and caregivers residing in the state of Oregon and SW Washington. For more information, contact: Elisa Ross (503) 346-1490, or email: cps@ohsu.edu
    April 10 – May 29, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 6PM at 230 NE 9th Street Bend, OR. This group is facilitated by Shannon Pugerude MA, CPS Certified Trainer.  Any population. Contact: (541) 419- 3324 or email: info@samaralearningcenter.org
  • Medford, OR
    April 3 – May 15, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 5:30PM at 522 W. 6th Street Medford, OR. 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
  • Bend, OR
    January 30 – March 20, 2019: CPS Parent Group, 8-weeks, held on Wednesdays at 6PM 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 6PM at 230 NE 9th Street Bend, OR. This group is facilitated by Shannon Pugerude MA, CPS Certified Trainer.  Any population. Contact: (541) 419- 3324 or email: info@samaralearningcenter.org
  • Portland, OR
    February 25
     – May 13, 2019: CPS Parent Group, held on Mondays at 6PM at Beaverton Early Childhood – 9560 SW Nimbus Ave.  Portland, OR. This group is facilitated by Randi Cooper, M.Ed who is a CPS Certified Trainer. Training is for families of the Beaverton Early Childhood Center. For more information, call (503) 614-1720 or email: lregier@nwresd.k12.or.us
  • March 13 – May 8, 2019: CPS Parent Group, held on Wednesdays at 5:45PM. Address is 3355 SE Powell Blvd. 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) 346-1490 or email: cps@ohsu.edu
  • Oregon City, OR
  • April 8  – May 27, 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
    April 8  – May 27, 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
  • Tigard, OR
    April 9 – May 14, 2019CPS Parent Group, 6-weeks, held on Tuesdays at 10AM at 7110 Fir Loop, Suite 160 Tigard, OR 97223. This group is facilitated by Victoria Haight and co-facilitated by Nancy Petit both who are Think:Kids CPS Certified.  For more information, call (971) 283-6139 or contact: laneib@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 facilitated in a separate classroom while caregivers participate in CPS training. For more information call (603) 303-6337, or email: jaldrich@wsesu.net

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