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 fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay abreast 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 have begun hosting our Spring and Fall Introductory Training at Schools and Organizations in Massachusetts. If you are interested in hosting a Think:Kids Introductory Training read more here.

Online Introductory Training

Think:Kids and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital are pleased to offer an online training program featuring Dr. J. Stuart Ablon. This 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 youve tried these strategies and they havent 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.

For questions about the online introductory training please email or call 1-866-644-7792.

Register Here!

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Intensive Training Workshops provided by Think:Kids Staff

These two and half day 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 these trainings is a requirement of 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 Training
July 17 – 19, 2017
Cambridge, MA
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Tier 2 Training
July 31 – August 2, 2017
Cambridge, MA
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Think:Kids Biennial CPS Conference

Saturday, October 14, 2017

If you’re passionate about the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach to helping kids with challenging behavior, or if you want to learn more about how CPS can help kids you know and care about, don’t miss our biennial conference. This is 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.
Join us to learn from the experts!

Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry and Think:Kids Director Dr. Stuart Ablon
More details to come!


Call for Submissions – submit your proposal for session at the Think:Kids 2017 CPS Conference in Boston.  Submissions due by February 15, 2017. 

Our Think:Kids Certified Trainers provide intensive training in other locations throughout North America. See below for more information on nationwide training seminars that are open to the public.

Please see the OHSU link at the bottom of this page for training sessions that are taking place in Oregon.

Please visit the link below to learn about our partner program, OHSU in Oregon, and their upcoming CPS training sessions.

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. Here is a list of upcoming seminars. Contact information is provided for those that are open to the public. If you have a question about a particular training contact us.

  • March 10, 2017 – Cambridge, MA: Dr. Ablon presents “Differentiated discipline: The Collaborative Problem Solving approach at the Research Institute for Learning and Development’s 32nd annual Learning Differences Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Details here.
  • March 10, 2017 – Bedford, NH: Dr. Epstein presents a CPS Introductory training.  Hosted by Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC), this Intro training is open to the public.  Details here.
  • March 14, 2017 – Lake Placid, NY: Dr. Epstein will present the keynote address and conduct a breakout session at the 33rd Annual Committee on Special Education Chairpersons’ Conference.  Sponsored by The Franklin Essex Hamilton BOCES. Visit for more information.
  • April 26, 2017 – Portland, OR: Dr. Ablon, Dr. Pollastri and Kairos CEO Bob Lieberman present a series of talks at the Association for Children’s Residential Centers annual conference.  Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry! Details here.
  • October 14, 2017 – Boston, MA: SAVE THE DATE!Think:Kids Biennial CPS Conference featuring Think:Kids Director Dr. Stuart Ablon and Dr. Bruce Perry.  More details to come!