CPS Certification Program


CPS Certification Program

We are accepting and reviewing applications for our October class with a submission deadline of July 31, 2017.

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to become certified in the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach. Below is a detailed outline of the specific requirements for the Certified Practitioner Program.

Prerequisites: All applicants must have attended Intro Training, Tier 1 Training and Tier 2 Training within the last three years to be considered for the Certified practitioner Program

If accepted into the program, participants receive intensive training that includes both group and individual supervision, as well as individualized written and verbal feedback. Our aim is to help individuals move through the certification program within one-year.

The application documentation required for review are as follows:

Please note: Think:Kids will not review your submission until all supporting documentation has been submitted.

Required documents for application include:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. A video recording of yourself doing a full Plan B conversation.
    1. Recordings must be actual Plan B conversations with a child or adult who is identified as the client
    2. Recordings should be at least 10 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes.
    3. If your video is longer than 20 minutes, please split it up into two or three files of 20 minutes or less.
    4. Only videos in the following file formats will be accepted: .mp4 (most preferred), .mov,.m4v, .f4v *Other file formats are not supported 
    5. Videos with insufficient material will not be accepted and may impact your admission to the program.
    6. Please check your recording for sound quality before sending. We recommend that you practice recording a few times before sending to Think:Kids.
  3. A photo of yourself.
  4. A completed “[NAME] Plan B Application Self Assessment” form.
  5. A completed “[NAME] Plan B Application Plan B Worksheet” form.
  6. A completed “[NAME] Plan B Application CPS APT” form.
  7. A consent form. (Choose applicable form from list below)

*Do not alter the above form templates.

*Please be sure to clearly name each file you send to Think:Kids at every step of the certification process

[NAME] Plan B Application Recording part 1
[NAME] Plan B Application Recording part 2

Once accepted, all participants must complete the following four steps of the certification program to become certified.

These four steps include:

  1. Group Supervision: Participating via web in 14 or 16 weekly group supervision sessions (number of sessions is dependent on the size of the group). Verbal feedback about areas to strengthen will be given on the calls
  2. Plan B Recordings: Submitting at least 2 recordings of a Plan B conversation (written feedback needs to be received for each recording prior to the next submission).
    Please note: Pending participants’ individual progress, members of the Certification Team may request additional recordings to ensure fidelity to the CPS model.

    • Recordings must be actual Plan B conversations with a child or adult who is identified as the client
  3. 1:1 Coaching Live Coaching Calls: Completing two (2) (you will be prompted to schedule these with your instructor when it is appropriate – verbal feedback about areas to strengthen will be given at the end of each call)
  4. Quiz: Completing a written quiz which we will send to you once the above three steps have been completed.

After successfully completing these steps, participants are CPS Certified Practitioners and have access to our Parent Training Curriculum. To maintain certification status, participants are required to participate in annual recertification.

*If you are a parent interested in our Certification Program you are welcome to apply.

Please contact thinkkidscertification@partners.org if you have any questions.

Apply to our Certification Program here!

Pay for your Application Fee here

Are you a Certified Practitioner interested in training others in the CPS approach?

The application to become a CPS Certified Trainer involves conducting and recording a Two Hour Training using our training materials and then submitting this recording, as well as audience evaluations, for review. Please submit the online application form and  Jennifer Tierney will email you further instructions and materials.

If accepted into the CPS Certified Trainer Program you will be required to complete the following steps:

  1. Two Hour Introductory Training*: Using the feedback provided in your application recording, submit another 2-hour Introductory Training with sections requested by the reviewer in your application feedback form.
  2. Tier 1 Training Assist*: Assist in a Tier 1 Training led by one of our Think:Kids Certified Trainers.
  3. Full or Half Day Introductory Training*: Solo facilitate at least one full or half day intro training.

*Additional training submissions may be requested at the descretion of the reviewer for additional practice and opportunitiy for feedback.

Once certified as a CPS Trainer, participants have access to all official training materials for both Introductory and Tier 1 Trainings.

Please note: We ask that all applicants wait to hear back regarding their admission before scheduling any training sessions.

NOTE: Training materials and decks are to be used solely to complete certification requirements and steps and should not be shared, used, or replicated for other training purposes. Misuse of training materials could impact certification eligibility and completion of the program.

Site Certification Track

Has your entire school or treatment facility been using CPS with high fidelity? Is your entire organization dedicated to using the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to better understand and help challenging kids and their families? The Think:Kids Site Certification Track offers an opportunity for schools, treatment facilities, youth detention centers, and multi-service agencies to engage in a site-wide fidelity assessment and quality improvement program with Think:Kids leadership. The Site Certification process is for sites that have already had intensive training and have been implementing CPS for at least one year. The process involves a self-study; review of agency documentation, interview, and written feedback by Think:Kids; individualized coaching; and an optional intensive site-visit by a Think:Kids visiting team. This process is tailored to the needs of your agency with the primary goal of improving fidelity to the CPS approach, thereby improving outcomes for the children and families you serve. Sites that meet initial fidelity and quality criteria will be designated Think:Kids Associate Sites. Sites that meet full fidelity and quality criteria will be designated as Think:Kids Certified Sites. If you are interested in learning more about the Site Certification Track, please  email us for more information regarding the steps and costs. Still not sure if your site is ready to apply for the Site Certification Track? Click here to find out.