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.
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.
Upcoming Introductory Training:
Introductory Training | April 10th, 2015
Location: Natick, MA at the Morse Institute Library
Introductory Training | June 11th, 2015
Location: Sharon, MA at Temple Sinai
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.
Tier 1 and Tier 2 Intensive Training Workshops provided by Think:Kids Staff
These two and half day trainings are intended for mental health clinicians and educators 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.
July 22nd-24th, 2015: Tier 1 Training in Boston, MA
August 5th-7th, 2015: Tier 2 Training in Boston, MA
Our Think:Kids Certified Trainers also provide intensive training in other locations throughout North America. See below for more information on nationwide training seminars that are open to the public.
March 30th, 2015- April 1st, 2015 in Clackamas, OR: Tier 1 Training presented by Certified Trainers Randi Cooper and Jordan Spikes. Download the registration form here!
International 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 16th-18th, 2015: Dr. Larry Epstein is presenting to Youth Villages (closed training)
- March 19th, 2015: Dr. Alisha Pollastri will be presenting a poster at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Philadelphia PA. Open to conference registrants only. Read more here: http://www.srcd.org/meetings/biennial-meeting/2015-call-submissions
- March 23rd, 2015: Dr. Stuart Ablon, Dr. Alisha Pollastri, Natasha Tatartcheff-Quesnel, M.S.W , and Michael Hone, M.Ed. will be giving a talk at the 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Mental Health in Tampa FL. Open to conference registrants only. Read more here: http://www.cmhconference.com/
- March 31st-April 2nd, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting a Tier 1 at Village Network in Smithville, Ohio (closed training)
- April 7th-9th, 2015: Dr. Epstein is presenting a Tier 1 to OnCare in Syracuse, NY (closed training)
- April 10th, 2015: Dr. Epstein is presenting at our Introductory Training in Natick, MA
- April 13th-15th, 2015: Dr. Larry Epstein is presenting to Youth Villages (closed training)
- April 14th, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting at Centra Health in Virgnia (closed training)
- April 22nd-23rd, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting at Pressley in Pennsylvania (closed training)
- April 28th-May 1st, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting to Guam Behavioral Health in the Island of Guam (closed training)
- April 29th-May 1st, 2015: Dr. Epstein is presenting a Tier 2 to St. John’s in Michigan (closed training)
- May 6th-8th, 2015: Dr. Larry Epstein is presenting to Youth Villages (closed training)
- May 26th-28th, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting to Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Alberta (closed training)
- June 2nd-4th, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be presenting at a Tier 2 Training in Clackamas, OR. Learn more here!
June 9th, 10th, & 11th, 2015: Dr. Ablon will be speaking at the the 5th Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice : Impact on Mind, Body, Behavior and Community – Current Research and Practice Trends
Our partner program, OHSU in Oregon, offers the following training courses on CPS: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/