Host an Introductory Training!

In the past two years we have begun hosting both our Spring and Fall Introductory Training at local schools in an effort to educate the Greater Massachusetts communities on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. We invite both schools and organizations to consider this opportunity.

About our Introductory Training

Our one-day introductory training  provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges called  Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). This training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training and advanced parent training.

            The CPS approach provides a new way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges. Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you! At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why these kids struggle. Research over the past 30 years demonstrates that for the majority of these kids their challenges result from a lack of crucial thinking skills when it comes to things like problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility. The CPS approach, therefore, focuses on helping adults teach the skills these children lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior.

Through lecture, videos, case examples and role plays this one-day training will help you shift your thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.

Hosting Details:

We ask that our host provide a space that would hold a minimum of 100 attendees and has a projector, screen, microphone, and a way to connect audio from a laptop. We ask that you provide a continental breakfast (bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee/tea/water), mid morning and mid afternoon snacks/beverages (we can work with you on the specifics). Many schools we have worked with in the past have had their PAC or SEPAC parents manage this. Parking would need to be available, too. We would handle the registrations and bring our materials. We would initially offer a guaranteed 10 free slots for your staff, and that number could go as high as 30, depending on the number of paid registrants (see scale below):

  • 0 – 60 paid registrants: 10 free slots
  • 60-84 paid registrants: 20 free slots
  • 85-99 paid registrants: 25 free slots
  • 100+ paid registrants: 30 free slots

We would advertise the training and hope that you would join us by promoting to your community and beyond. The training can be held on any weekday. We typically find that Thursday or Fridays are most well attended.

Questions? Please call Amefika Desir at 617-643-6030 or email her at adesir2@partners.org.