Materials

For Research and Evaluation of Your Program

These materials are intended to assist you in evaluating outcomes related to the use of CPS in your agency or school.

Thinking Skills Inventory (TSI), Research Version, 5/2016

This Likert-scale version of the TSI is intended for use as a research instrument to track changes in thinking skills over time.

Think:Kids Measure of Change Over Time (TK-COT), Updated 09/2014

This measure was designed to capture four variables that are expected to change over a 10-week CPS Parent Training Group (two of the variables are specific to the Collaborative Problem Solving approach). Subscales are: Parent-Child Struggle, CPS Philosophy Shift, and Ability to Understand/Predict Challenging Behavior. Slightly different versions (both included here) are used depending on whether Plans have been introduced to the parent. Use of this measure is free, and is not limited to the parent group modality. For scoring information and information on versions appropriate for educational and intensive treatment settings, contact our Director of Research, Alisha Pollastri.

Matrix of Recommended Measures for Assessing CPS Outcomes, Updated 07/2013

This is a list of measures that Think:Kids recommends using to assess outcomes, based on the domain you wish to measure (symptoms, skills, etc.), your setting (inpatient, residential, school, etc.), and from whom you will be collecting data (child, parent, teacher, etc.). This list includes measures that have been used previously to measure change related to use of CPS as well as other measures assessing domains that we feel are relevant. Due to the amount of information in this matrix, it is recommended that you use it in its electronic, rather than printed, form. This document is updated frequently. If you have suggestions to add to the matrix, please email our Director of Research, Alisha Pollastri (apollastri@mgh.harvard.edu).

The Thinking Skills Inventory (TSI) and CPS Assessment and Planning Tool (CPS-APT)

In 2014, the CPS APT replaced the TSI as our primary assessment instrument. There are several different versions of both instruments. You can download the version you need here.

CPS Assessment and Planning Tool 10/2016

This version of the CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as planning your intervention. It includes a Thinking Skills Reference Sheet.

CPS Assessment and Planning Tool LIKERT 5/2016

This version of the CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as planning your intervention. It includes a Likert Scale version of the Thinking Skills Inventory.

CPS Assessment and Planning Tool for Adults 10/2016

This version of the CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behavior, as well as planning your intervention with adult clients. It includes the adult version of the Thinking Skills Reference Sheet.

CPS Assessment and Planning Tool LIKERT for Adults, 5/2016

This version of the CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as planning your intervention. It includes a Likert Scale version of the Thinking Skills Inventory.

TSI Reference, Updated 10/2014

This version of the Thinking Skills Reference Sheet is intended to provide a one-page easy reference guide to the thinking skills we assess in CPS.

TSI Reference – ADULTS, Updated 11.14

This version of the Thinking Skills Reference Sheet is intended to provide a one-page easy reference guide to the thinking skills we assess when working with adults.

TSI Research, Updated 10/2014

This Likert-scale version of the TSI is intended for use as research instrument to track changes over time in thinking skills.

TSI-Specialized-Preschool, 5/2016

This version of the TSI is helpful for use with preschoolers or in specialized settings serving young children with severe development delays. Thanks to our colleagues at Willamette ESD-EI/ECSE for their help with the modifications

Translations

Thinking Skills Inventory (TSI), Updated 09/2012 – en français

This version of the TSI is the full clinical version intended to be used by clinicians and in schools and treatment settings to assess thinking skills and identify specific problems to be solved.

Thinking Skills Reference – Chinese

This version of the TSI is intended to provide a one-page easy reference guide to the thinking skills we assess in CPS.

TSI Reference, Updated 09/2012– en Español

This version of the TSI is intended to provide a one-page easy reference guide to the thinking skills we assess in CPS.

TSI Clinical, Updated 09/2012 – en Español

This version of the TSI is the full clinical version intended to be used by clinicians and in schools and treatment settings to assess thinking skills and identify specific problems to be solved.

TSI Research, Updated 09/2012 – en Español

This Likert-scale version of the TSI is intended for use as research instrument to track changes over time in thinking skills.

Implementing Plan B

These materials are intended to help people plan and implement Plan B (collaborative problem solving) with fidelity.

Plan B Tracking Sheet, Updated 08/2010

The Plan B Tracking Sheet helps staff keep track of who is doing Plan over what for each child and where things stand at present. Communication is crucial for implementing highly individualized care, and the Plan B Tracking Sheet should help. CPS Shift Report: The Shift Report provides staff another mechanism for staff to communicate across shifts or classes about what Plan is being used for which problem to be solved and what the status of Plan B discussions is as well.

Plan B Worksheet/Cheatsheet 10/2016

The worksheet helps you or your team prepare for doing Plan B, and the cheat sheet helps you stay on track while you are doing Plan B with some helpful tips and reminders. What if the child sees the cheat sheet? Then s/he will know you are working hard to understand their concerns, be clear about yours and work towards a win-win solution. Nothing wrong with that!

Translations

Plan B Work-Cheat Sheet – en Español

Plan B Work-Cheat Sheet – en Francais

For Schools and Treatment Programs

These materials are intended to help systems like schools and treatment programs implement CPS successfully and with fidelity. They are often developed collaboratively with our partner sites so please be in touch if you want to help develop additional materials that others can benefit from too.

CPS Shift Checklist

The Shift Report provides staff another mechanism for staff to communicate across shifts or classes about what Plan is being used for which problem to be solved and what the status of Plan B discussions is as well.

Site-wide Fidelity Self Study, Updated 01/2014

Our CPS fidelity tool is intended to help programs measure the degree to which they are implementing CPS with fidelity.

Plan B Tracking Sheet, Updated 08, 2010

The Plan B Tracking Sheet helps staff keep track of who is doing Plan over what for each child and where things stand at present. Communication is crucial for implementing highly individualized care, and the Plan B Tracking Sheet should help.

Think:Kids FBA BIP, 5/2016

Educators often must perform a Functional Analysis of Behavior when designing a behavior intervention plan for a student. The CPS FBA provides a template for how educators can work towards incorporating CPS into traditional FBAs when necessary.

School Progress Monitoring Tool

The School Progress Monitoring Tool allows school programs to monitor progress toward solving problems identified for an individual child. This MS Excel template automatically provides summary scores and graphs to track improvements by week and by class period. This tool is meant to replace “point tracking sheets” often used as part of behavioral programs in schools. Click to see a screen shot of the template here, and contact Alisha Pollastri apollastri@partners.org if you would like the usable template.

For Clinicians

These materials are intended to help outpatient or in-home clinicians implement CPS in their practices with the families they work with.

Clinician Session Guide, Updated 11/2009

This brief clinician session guide is intended to accompany the manual for the approach, “Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.” It is intended to provide some general guidance as the timing, sequence and flow of the treatment process.

Plan B Tracking Sheet, Updated 08/2010

The Plan B Tracking Sheet helps staff keep track of who is doing Plan over what for each child and where things stand at present. Communication is crucial for implementing highly individualized care, and the Plan B Tracking Sheet should help.