Trainer Certification in Collaborative Problem Solving

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Become an expert in teaching others Collaborative Problem Solving!

Our Collaborative Problem Solving Certified Trainers teach people the Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach all around the world.

Using distance learning, the Trainer Certification Course supports learners by providing instruction in the use of training materials and activities.

Using online learning and virtual meetings over three months, learners:

  • Participate in small group learning and discussion sessions to practice presenting Essential Foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving (Level 1) curriculum for feedback.
  • Complete assignments, including presenting training content, creating a personal training toolkit, and observing training.
  • Receive individual coaching to support effective facilitation of an Essential Foundation training.

After completing the Trainer course, you will be able to:

  • Competently prepare and facilitate all components of an Essential Foundation (Level 1) training.
  • Effectively train others in Collaborative Problem Solving by co-teaching Essential Foundation (Level 1) using the Think:Kids official curriculum.
  • Teach the approach in an equitable and inclusive manner.
  • Display the Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving seal as part of your personal credentials

Graduates of the course become Certified Trainers and are considered experts in teaching Collaborative Problem Solving.

Once you are a Certified Trainer, you will join our passionate and talented community and receive ongoing support and professional development from Think:Kids. For organizations, Trainer Certification is the best way to instill CPS into your program’s culture in a sustainable way.


  • $1,545; $50 non-refundable registration fee
    (Tuition quoted as part of a Think:Kids contract engagement may vary.)
  • If you would like to request financial support, please submit a request form. Request forms must be submitted one month before the application deadline.


  • Session 1: February – April
    • Registration Deadline: January 1
  • Session 2: May – July
    • Registration Deadline: April 1
  • Session 3: August – October
    • Registration Deadline: July 1
  • Session 4: November – January
    • Registration Deadline: October 1

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Meet the Instructors
Our experienced trainers teach our Trainer Certification in Collaborative Problem Solving course.
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What Our Participants Say

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"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 Youth Villages
"The Trainer Certification experience gave me an in-depth understanding of Collaborative Problem Solving, helped build my confidence to train others, and prepared me to answer the tough questions that can come up when teaching this approach. Connecting with the knowledgeable and compassionate Think:Kids team was extremely valuable. Not only did they teach me how to train others in Collaborative Problem Solving, but they also demonstrated patience, understanding, and compassion as I learned to share this life-changing approach with people in my community."
Matt Sticksl Teacher, Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving®, and Founder of New Light Learning
"I look forward to renewing my Trainer Certification each year because it supports my own continuing education. The monthly webinars, annual conference and other meet up groups allow me to stretch my thinking and stay fresh in my CPS knowledge. Think:Kids provides opportunities to hear from high-quality speakers and I also really enjoy the annual review of CPS research efforts. And, because nothing happens in a vacuum, I appreciate that our continuing education includes CPS-adjacent topics like implementation science, trauma and more. While my certification benefits my organization, it enriches my own development greatly!" </div?
Carmen Dailey , MIS, SHRM SCP Organizational Learning Manager, UMFS
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