CPS Training & Certification

There are several opportunities to learn the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach (CPS), our revolutionary and evidence-based approach to understanding and helping kids with challenging behavior. We currently provide online trainings which range from parent classes, to introductory and up to advanced-level trainings in CPS. If you’d like to become an expert in CPS, we also offer a distance-learning Certification and Certified Trainer Program.

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CPS Trainings &
Certification

There are several opportunities to learn the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach (CPS), our revolutionary and evidence-based approach to understanding and helping kids with challenging behavior. We currently provide online trainings which range from parent classes, to introductory and up to advanced-level trainings in CPS. If you’d like to become an expert in CPS, we also offer a distance-learning Certification and Certified Trainer Program.

Get started today!

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Introduction

“The Introductory Training to CPS was a gift in helping me shift my mindset about how to respond to challenging behaviors. I wish I’d found CPS years ago, but what comfort to understand the idea of ‘skill not will’ now!”

– Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed.

“The Introductory Training to CPS was a gift in helping me shift my mindset about how to respond to challenging behaviors. I wish I’d found CPS years ago, but what comfort to understand the idea of ‘skill not will’ now!”

– Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed.

CPS Introductory Training

Online Introductory Training
MGH Psychiatry Academy Online

CPS Introductory Training

Our Introductory Training explores the basic principles of Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS). Participants learn a more empathic and accurate understanding of what causes challenging behavior and are exposed to an overview of the three key components of the approach. This training is a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning more about CPS.

We offer our Introductory Trainings both live and in an online pre-recorded format. Our live Introductory Trainings are scheduled as 2 or 4 hour- trainings. Please check back for future in-person training dates.

The MGH Department of Psychiatry hosts our online pre-recorded Introductory Training as a CEU-credited course. This 3-hours course is organized as pre-recorded modules. Register below.

If you’d like to host an Introductory Training in CPS for your staff, organization, or community, please contact us.

 

Tier 1

“The Tier 1 CPS training was an awesome experience. Really excited to take this great concept and process back to colleagues and students at our school.”

– Steve Messier

“The Tier 1 CPS training was an awesome experience. Really excited to take this great concept and process back to colleagues and students at our school.”

– Steve Messier

CPS Tier 1 Intensive Training

Tier 1 is designed for parents, educators, clinicians, and other professionals who want to apply the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach with the kids in their lives. Participants will learn all three components of the approach – assessment, planning, and intervention. Attendees are also exposed to the neurobiology behind CPS, and learn how CPS operationalizes the latest research on trauma-informed care.

Tier 1 Training incorporates lecture, case studies, interactive role-play, video examples, and breakout groups. The training also provides practical guideposts and materials to help participants use the model in their daily lives.

If you’d like to host a Tier 1 Training for your staff, organization, or community, please contact us.

No Prerequisite: Attending a CPS Introductory Training, or a CPS Parent Group is recommended, but not required.

Note: We do not wish for anyone to be deterred from our trainings due to finances. Individuals who have financial concerns, please contact us at: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org.

CPS Coaching Groups

Web-based coaching groups are designed to help you apply the model in your own setting, with your own kids, or with the kids you work with. Open to anyone who has attended a CPS Tier 1 or Tier 2 Training.  Small groups; learn more here: online CPS Coaching Groups.

Tier 2

“Having just completed Tier 2 training, I can say without hesitation that this is the most important, impactful work that I can do right now as a child advocate… Be ready for a totally transformative experience.”

– Maggie Magner

“Having just completed Tier 2 training, I can say without hesitation that this is the most important, impactful work that I can do right now as a child advocate… Be ready for a totally transformative experience.”

– Maggie Magner

CPS Tier 2 Advanced Training

This advanced training is available for participants who have taken Tier 1 Training in Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) and are interested in strengthening their CPS skills.

This training provides a review of the basic components of  CPS, but the primary focus is learning and practicing strategies for implementing the approach in more challenging situations. Participants will also learn how best to facilitate skills development using the approach. This training relies heavily on using real examples from participants’ experiences. Participants will also begin to learn how to integrate CPS with other approaches and therapeutic models and how to support others using the approach and address common questions and misconceptions. Tier 2 Training incorporates lecture, case studies, role-plays, videotape examples, and breakout groups.

If you’d like to host a Tier 2 Training in CPS for your staff, organization, or community, please contact us.

Note: Please check back to view the updated schedule for in-person trainings. To ensure that participants have had time to practice CPS, we recommend at least three months between Tier 1 & Tier 2 training.  We do not wish for anyone to be deterred from our trainings due to finances. Individuals who have financial concerns, please email: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org.

CPS Coaching Groups

Web-based coaching groups are designed to help you apply the model in your own setting, with your own kids, or with the kids you work with. Open to anyone who has attended a CPS Tier 1 or Tier 2 Training.  Small groups; learn more here: online CPS Coaching Groups.

 

Certification Program

“I know that all over North America and beyond, I will have a community of people Certified in CPS who understand the lens that I operate from when helping people with challenging behaviors.”

– Alicia Myers, MS CMHC

“I know that all over North America and beyond, I will have a community of people Certified in CPS who understand the lens that I operate from when helping people with challenging behaviors.”

– Alicia Myers, MS CMHC

CPS Certification Program

Fall Cohort – August 1st | Spring Cohort – December 1st | Summer Cohort – April 1st
Online Platform - The CPS Hub

CPS Certification Program

Our Certification Program trains individuals to become experts in Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS). These experts help reach more kids and families who desperately need help. 

Using distance learning, the Certification Program provides training, 14-16 weeks of small group supervision, and individual coaching using recordings of your work in order to provide detailed feedback.

Once Certified in CPS, you will join our inspiring international community who receive ongoing training and support from Think:Kids.  As a member, you receive access to various benefits including CPS resources and materials, and will be formally recognized as an expert in CPS.

Learn More About Certification

To apply, you must have already completed Tier 1 and Tier 2 level training. Applications include a recording of your practice of CPS and completed CPS tools.

Apply Here

2020 – 2021 Application Deadlines:

Fall Cohort – August 1st

Spring Cohort – December 1st

Summer Cohort – April 1st

Note: We do not wish for anyone to be deterred from applying to our Certification Program due to finances. Individuals who have financial concerns, please email us at the address below to discuss what options may be available.

Email thinkkidscertification@partners.org with any questions.

CPS Coaching Groups

Our web-based coaching groups specifically  help you apply the model in your own setting, with your own kids, or with the kids you work with. Open to anyone who has attended a CPS Tier 1 or Tier 2 Training, is looking for an opportunity to learn from others, or wants to take the next step in strengthening their practice of CPS.  Small groups available; learn about our online CPS Coaching Groups.