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. For more information, contact: ThinkKidsResearch@partners.org

– 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.

– TSI_Research_2017 (Español)

– Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving® Adherence & Impact Measures (CPS-AIMs), Updated 06/2019

The Collaborative Problem Solving Adherence & Impact Measures (CPS-AIMs) are self-reported measures that assess individuals’ adherence to the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) philosophy, their perceived competence in using CPS in practice, and positive and negative feelings about their roles. These forms offer a quantified description of individuals’ beliefs and feelings related to CPS. The CPS-AIMs include three forms, customized to individuals’ roles and settings, including:

    • CPS-AIM-Parents for parents or guardians receiving CPS training and treatment
    • CPS-AIM-Educators for educators in schools implementing or planning to implement CPS as a school-wide social emotional learning program.
    • CPS-AIM-Systems for staff working in clinical systems, such as residential or inpatient programs, in-home services, and foster care programs. Note: we have versions of the CPS-AIM-Systems that refer to the population you serve as ‘patients’ or ‘clients,’ besides ‘youth.’ Please contact the research team if you prefer ‘clients’ or ‘patients.’

User’s Guide to Collaborative Problem Solving-Aims & Impact Measures (CPS-AIMs) provides details on how to administer, score, and interpret the scales of each CPS-AIM form. The actual forms and corresponding scoring guides can be found in the Appendix section of the user’s guide too.

For further questions regarding scoring and appropriate versions to use, please contact our research team at: ThinkKidsResearch@partners.org

Implementing Collaborative Problem Solving ®

These materials are intended to help people plan and implement Plan B (Collaborative Problem Solving) with fidelity.

Plan B Tracking Sheet

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 Prep Sheet, 04/2019

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

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

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 & Planning Tool for Youth

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_Planning.Assessment.Tool (Español)

CPS Assessment and Planning Tool_ Sample for Schools

We have attached this completed version of a sample CPS-APT to provide an example of what a completed APT in an educational setting may look like. This sample APT also 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_ Sample for Parents

This completed version of a sample CPS-APT provides an example of what an APT with a child in at home may look like. This sample APT also 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 & Planning Tool YOUTH LIKERT 

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 Planning Tool for ADULTS

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 & Planning Tool Adult LIKERT 

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.

Thinking Skills Reference Sheet Updated 07/2019

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

Thinking Skills Reference Sheet- ADULTS, Updated 11/2014

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

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.

Thinking Skills Reference Sheet 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.

Thinking Skills Inventory Reference_2017 (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_2017 (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.

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 06/2019

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.