Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) Trainings

Think:Kids offers a variety of training opportunities including remote learning courses through our recent online trainings. When possible, we also lead in-person trainings in the greater Boston area, and across North America. Details on specific trainings are listed below, and 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.

Through our affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital, Think:Kids is a provider of CEU’s and PDPs for educators, psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. Each Think:Kids training is approved for a set number of units.

In response to COVID-19, Think:Kids has recently shifted our Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS) trainings and parent groups to online platforms to help people access the support and information they currently need. Training materials, breakout sessions, and opportunities for questions and answers will all be a part of these highly-interactive, virtual learning experiences. 

Online CPS Introductory Training

Think:Kids and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry offer an online introductory training program featuring Dr. J. Stuart Ablon. This course 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). Our CPS intro. training serves as the prerequisite for our CPS intensive trainings.

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.

Due to COVID-19, Think:Kids and the MGH Department of Psychiatry are providing an online CEU-credited course at a reduced rate. This introductory training is a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning more about the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges.

Register | Online Intro to CPS 
For questions about the online introductory training please email mghcme@partners.org or call 1-866-644-7792.

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

These CEU/PDP-credited 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, video 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/professional development points are offered at no extra cost.

New! Online Tier 1 & Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving® Training

In response to COVID-19, we have recently shifted our trainings to online platforms to help people access the support and information they currently need. Training materials, breakout sessions, and opportunities for questions and answers will be a part of these highly-interactive, virtual training experiences. 

Online Tier 2 July 2020 (7, 9, 14 &16th)

Think:Kids Clinical Trainers and Certification Instructors, Heather Johnson, LCSW and Ted Layman, LCSW will lead this web-based Tier 2 Training. Tier 2 training focuses on advanced concepts and application of the CPS model and qualifies participants to apply for certification in Collaborative Problem Solving. This online Tier 2 training also provides CPS practitioners a community and a sounding board to troubleshoot issues and plan dynamic initiatives to address challenging behavior in the children we seek to support.

Online Tier 1 August 2020 (4, 6, 11 & 13th)

Think:Kids along with presenters, Jordan Spikes and Randi Cooper, M.Ed invite parents, educators, residential program staff, mental health clinicians, and anyone who is living with or helping kids with challenging behavior to learn more about Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS), the revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children develop the skills they need to manage their behavior.

Our online Tier 1 is open to parents, educators, therapeutic program staff, clinicians, and anyone who is living with or helping kids with challenging behavior to this intensive training in Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS), our revolutionary approach for helping children with challenging behavior. Tier 1 training covers all aspects of the approach including assessment, planning and intervention components.

New! Online CPS Coaching Groups

Learning CPS is one thing. Using it in the real world is another! We’re excited to launch new web-based coaching groups specifically to help you apply the model in your own setting, with your own kids.

If you are looking for the opportunity for more guided practice before advancing to the next level, whether it be attending Tier 2 or applying to become CPS Certified, CPS coaching is for you!!

Following current guidance around large gatherings in the context of  COVID-19, Summer Tier 1 and Tier 2 trainings will not take place in-person in Boston.

Boston July and August 2020 trainings will instead be delivered as a web-based training on Zoom. If you were previously scheduled to attend in-person, please contact us so that we can assist you with information regarding dates, refunds and/or credits at thinkkidsinfo@partners.org

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.

CPS Parent Trainings

If you’re putting the CPS approach to use with your child/partner, want to talk about your challenges and successes, or want to learn more about the approach a CPS Parent Group can help answer questions, concerns, and provide the understanding you need to help your child develop the skills they need to be successful.

Learn more | CPS Parent Groups 

Hosting a CPS Introductory Training

Think:Kids also offers introductory trainings throughout the course of the year for various groups. Our 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. Our staff can help organize Spring and Fall Introductory Training for schools, programs, and organizations.

Learn more | Hosted CPS Introductory Training