CPS Training & Certification

 

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CPS Training & Certification

 

Other Training

Parent Classes in Collaborative Problem Solving

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Introduction
Tier 1
Guided Practice
Tier 2
Certification Course
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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.

Collaborative Problem Solving 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

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Tier 1 Training

June 7, 9, 14, 16
12:30pm - 5:00pm ET / 9:30am - 2:00pm PT
July 21, 22, 25, 26
12:30pm - 5:00pm ET / 9:30am - 2:00pm PT
August 23, 25, 30, 1
12:30pm - 5:00pm ET / 9:30am - 2:00pm PT
Alternate Dates: If the above dates and times do not work for you, please submit the below form to share what would work best for your schedule and we will be in touch when a class meets your schedule needs.

CPS Tier 1: Essential Foundation

Tier 1 is designed for 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 lectures, 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’re interested in parent-specific training, check out our CPS Parent Classes.

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 Class is recommended but not required.

Scholarships: If you require financial assistance please contact us to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award. To apply, please email: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org with the subject line “Scholarship Application.”

Guided Practice

Guided Practice

Request Dates: We hold Guided Practice on an As Needed Basis, please submit the below form to share what would work best for your schedule and we will be in touch when a class meets your schedule needs.

CPS Guided Practice is open to anyone who has attended a CPS Tier 1 or Tier 2 Training. If you want to advance your understanding of the model and potentially take the next steps toward further training (Tier 2) or becoming Certified in CPS, then Collaborative Problem Solving Guided Practice is right for you.

With CPS Guided Practice you’ll join a small group of other CPS-trainees in online meetings to discuss how you are applying CPS in your work/home and receive peer feedback and personalized coaching from Think:Kids staff. CPS Guided Practice will help you reach your specific goals in using the model and connect you to a broad community of CPS coaching and support.

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

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Tier 2 Training

June 6, 8, 13, 15
12:30pm - 5:00pm ET / 9:30am - 2:00pm PT
August 8, 9, 10, 11
12:30pm - 5:00pm ET / 9:30am - 2:00pm PT
Alternate Dates: If the above dates and times do not work for you, please submit the below form to share what would work best for your schedule and we will be in touch when a class meets your schedule needs.

CPS Tier 2: Advanced Concepts

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 lectures, 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: We have found that having time to practice using the CPS model in between the Tier 1: Essential Foundation training and the Tier 2: Advanced Concepts training has increased understanding and usage of the model. Although, this is not a requirement we recommend at minimum a 3-month gap after you complete the Tier 1 training before attending The Tier 2 training.

Scholarships: If you require financial assistance please contact us to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award. To apply, please email: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org with the subject line “Scholarship Application.”

Certification Course

“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

Fall Certification Course - App Deadline: July 1st

Cohort #1: Starting Sept 12, 2022 - Mondays 12-1:15pm ET
Cohort #2: Starting Sept 6, 2022 - Tuesdays 12-1:15pm ET

CPS Certification Course

Become a CPS Expert!

Our Certification Course 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 Course provides training 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 CPS 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 Now!

Application and Cohort Schedules:

Note: Think:Kids offers three Certification Cohorts per year. Upon acceptance into the course, Think:Kids will assign learners to cohorts based on setting. However, if there is a day/time that absolutely does not work for you please let Think:Kids know in advance.

Fall Cohorts

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Course Duration: September – March

Spring Cohorts

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Course Duration: March – September

Summer Cohorts*
*Accelerated cohorts

  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • Course Duration: June – December

 

Scholarships: If you require financial assistance please contact us to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award. To apply, please email: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org with the subject line “Scholarship Application.”

Questions About CPS Certification? Email thinkkidscertification@partners.org.

 

Trainer
Course

“The  CPS Trainer Course was a really thought-provoking and supportive process. I feel like every time I facilitate a training, I learn something new about CPS and about myself.”

– Kathleen McNamara, LCSW

“The  CPS Trainer Course was a really thought-provoking and supportive process. I feel like every time I facilitate a training, I learn something new about CPS and about myself.”

– Kathleen McNamara, LCSW

CPS Trainer Course

Open enrollment!

CPS Trainer Course

Become an expert in training others in CPS!

Our CPS Certified Trainers teach people far and wide about our Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach.

Using distance learning, the Certified Trainer Course supports learners by providing instruction in the use of training materials and activities and co-training opportunities with individualized coaching to provide detailed feedback.

Once a CPS Certified Trainer, you will join our passionate and talented community of Certified Trainers and receive ongoing support and professional development from Think:Kids. Certified Trainers are authorized to conduct Introductory and Tier 1 training using our training materials. For organizations, trainer certification is the best way to instill CPS into your program’s culture in a sustainable way. Certified Trainers can also provide training in their communities

Learn More about CPS Certification

To apply, you must have already completed our CPS Certification Course. Applications for the Certified Trainer Course include a recorded brief introductory training using Think:Kids’ training materials.

Apply Now

Scholarships: If you require financial assistance please contact us to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award. To apply, please email: thinkkidsinfo@partners.org with the subject line “Scholarship Application.”

Questions About CPS Certification? Email thinkkidscertification@partners.org.

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