Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) Trainings

Think:Kids offers a variety of training opportunities online, in the greater Boston area, and across North America throughout the year. Details on specific trainings are listed below, but please make sure to subscribe to our email list, become a friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed of the latest training opportunities as they are announced. Think:Kids is a provider of CEU’s for psychologists, social workers, educators, and mental health counselors. Each training is approved for a set number of units.

Introductory Trainings

We offer one-day introductory trainings throughout the course of the year. Our one-day introductory training provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning Collaborative Problem Solving®, our evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. These introductory trainings serve as a prerequisite for our intensive training workshops for professionals and advanced trainings for parents. We help organize Spring and Fall Introductory Training at schools and organizations.

If you are interested in hosting a Think:Kids Introductory Training, click here.


Online Introductory Training

Think:Kids and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry offer an online training program featuring Dr. J. Stuart Ablon. This online 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 online training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training.

The CPS approach provides a way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges. Challenging behavior is 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 online training 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.

This training is designed to allow you to learn at your own pace. You must complete the modules sequentially, but you can take your time with the content as your schedule allows. Additional resources for each module provide you with the opportunity for further development. Discussion boards for each module allow you to discuss concepts and your own experiences with other participants. Faculty from the Think:Kids program monitor the boards and offer their point of view.
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For questions about the online introductory training please email or call 1-866-644-7792.

Tier 1 & Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving® Trainings provided by Think:Kids Staff

These two and half day intensive trainings are intended for both professionals and parents interested in becoming proficient in Collaborative Problem Solving, our evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. Completion of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving Trainings is a requirement for our professional certification program. Participants with prior exposure learn to advance their skills in applying the model through a combination of didactic lectures, role-playing, videotape examples, case presentations, and breakout groups with topics of specific interest to clinicians and educators. Participants receive personal attention and individualized feedback during breakout sessions from Think:Kids staff while also benefiting from opportunities for networking. Group discounts are available and continuing education credits are offered at no extra cost. *Tier 1 and  Tier 2 cannot be taken during the same summer or winter. A minimum of six months is required between Tier 1 and Tier 2 training so that participants have an opportunity to apply and practice what they learn.

Tier 1 & Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving® Training

Winter Tier 1 January 15-17, 2020

Winter Tier 2 February 5-7, 2020

Think:Kids Biennial Collaborative Problem Solving® Conference

Our 2nd Biennial CPS Conference was a great success!

Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry and experts from a board range of disciplines, our Biennial CPS Conference brought together parents, educators, clinicians, and staff who are passionate about using the approach to help kids with challenging behavior, or who wanted to learn more about how CPS can help reach more kids.
Some of our presenters have shared their workshop presentation materials which can be viewed here:
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This was a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the approach, share best practices and learn new ways to improve implementation and use of CPS in home, school, institutional and clinical settings. We look forward to hosting our next biennial CPS conference in 2019!

Watch our video of the 2nd Biennial Conference below:


Our Think:Kids Certified Trainers provide intensive training in other locations throughout North America. View our community of professionals certified in Collaborative Problem Solving: CPS Certified Community –  Practitioners

Please visit the link below to learn about our partner program, OHSU in Oregon, and their upcoming CPS training sessions at  Oregon Health & Science University Hospital

Other Conferences and Seminars:

Think:Kids staff also present at conferences and professional development seminars across North America on a regular basis.

Interested in having someone from Think:Kids speak to your group or organization? Just contact us here. Contact information is provided for those that are open to the public. If you have a question about a particular training contact us.