Essential Foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving

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The Essential Foundation (Level 1) course covers all aspects of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Through lectures, role-play, video examples, case studies, and breakout groups, participants learn how to identify what’s really causing unmet expectations and challenging behavior and how to address those causes using a relational and replicable process. After completing the course, participants are eligible to take Advanced Concepts in Collaborative Problem Solving (Level 2).

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe why a new approach is needed for working with individuals with challenging behaviors.
  • Explain that a person's behavior is influenced by their thinking skills rather than their motivation to behave well
  • Understand that implicit bias may impact judgment about a person's behavior.
  • Differentiate between problems to be solved and challenging behaviors when doing a Collaborative Problem Solving Assessment.
  • Identify how responses to situations are consistent with Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C.
  • Use Collaborative Problem Solving to build skills and address problems, not just challenging behaviors.
  • Solve problems collaboratively with others.

Upcoming Sessions

Collaborative Problem Solving® Essential Foundation | July 2024 | CE / PDP

July 22, 23, 24, 2024: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ET / 7:00 am - 12:00 pm PTRead More »

Collaborative Problem Solving® Essential Foundation | Aug 2024 | CE / PDP

$535.00 - $595.00
August 27, 28, 29, 2024: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ET / 8:00 am - 1:00 pm PTRead More »

Collaborative Problem Solving® Essential Foundation | OCT 2024 | CE / PDP

$535.00 - $595.00
October 28, 30 & November 1, 2024: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm ET / 7:00 am - 12:00 pm PTRead More »

Collaborative Problem Solving® Essential Foundation | Nov 2024 | CE / PDP

$535.00 - $595.00
November 12, 13, 14, 2024: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm ET / 8:00 am - 1:00 pm PTRead More »
If the above days and times don't work for you, please submit this form to let us know what would work best for your schedule and we will be in touch when a class meets your schedule needs.

Additional Information

Earn CE and PDP Credits in Public Training
Think:Kids/MGH is an Accredited Provider of Continuing Education (CE) credit and Professional Development Points (PDP). This public course offers 12 continuing education credits/professional development points. Learn How to Get Credit >>
Meet the Instructors
Our Collaborative Problem Solving Essential Foundation course is taught by our experienced trainers.
Important Information
  • Financial assistance: If you require financial assistance, please apply for assistance by completing this form. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award.
  • Payment: Credit/debit card is preferred for registration payment. Please email us at if you need to pay by check/invoice.
  • Cancellation: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving is highly recommended. 
  • Attendance: When registering, you are signing up for all sessions. Attendance is required for each day as the learning builds upon the previous session's content.
  • Participation: All participants must join via their own devices. If joining as a group, each person should be on an individual device.
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If your organization is interested in hosting a private in-person or online training for your employees, please get in touch with us to learn about our customized training options!

What our clients say

"After training in CPS, the number of suspensions at our school plummeted. In one year they decreased by half. Today they rarely happen. More importantly, the tension and discord we used to feel when a student couldn't meet our expectations no longer poisons our relationships with our most needy students."
Jill Bloomberg, Principal Park Slope Collegiate, Brooklyn, NY
"I love this philosophy so much. It was by far the most impactful training I've ever had as an educator."
Peggy Simonson, Educator Washington Elementary, Fargo, ND
"The Tier 1 [Essential Foundation] 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, Director of Student Affairs Missiquoi Valley Union Middle/High School, Highgate, VT
"Awesome training. The facilitators were great… And most important, the content was so incredibly exciting and potentially life changing for many of those that we work with. THANK YOU."
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