If you follow the latest neuroscience research, you know that kids with challenging behavior lack the skill, not the will, to behave well. No wonder behavior contracts, token economy systems, and other motivational strategies don’t work and often make things worse.

"Across our youth residential treatment, foster care, day treatment, and mentoring services, Collaborative Problem Solving has helped our organization to improve quality, patient experience, and cost of treatment. We have witnessed dramatic reductions in clients’ challenging behavior and improvements in youth‐staff relationships."

– Bob Lieberman, Former CEO, Kairos

CPS Works for Clinicians

Are you looking for a different approach to help those hard to reach kids with challenging behavior? Look no further. Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) is a completely different way of understanding and helping.

Learn how to identify the neurocognitive skills kids lack and a compassionate and relational approach to building skills where adults partner with kids to develop solutions. CPS is evidence-based, neuro-biologically and trauma-informed, and child and family-centered. Developed at Massachusetts General Hospital in the #1-ranked Department of Psychiatry in the United States, CPS reduces challenging behavior and punitive interventions while building skills and the therapeutic alliance. Ready to make the shift?

Bring CPS to Your Program

Do you want to reduce restraints, seclusions, and critical incidents in your therapeutic program? Does your staff understand trauma-informed principles but need help with what to do in the moment?

Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) provides an evidence-based yet practical solution that empowers both child and family voices. It can be taught to staff as well as to the families you serve using a structured curriculum. Demonstrated to be effective in outpatient, in-home, and milieu-based environments, CPS is the unifying solution you’ve been searching for.

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CPS Tools

  • CPS Assessment & Planning Tool (APT)

    The CPS-APT walks you through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as planning your intervention.

  • SAMPLE – Clinician CPS APT

    This completed version of the CPS-APT is intended to help clinical and program staff through the steps of assessing unmet expectations/triggers, skills, and challenging behaviors, as well as intervention planning.

  • Plan B Organizer

    The Plan B Organizer helps you or your team prepare for doing Plan B and stay on track while you are doing Plan B with some helpful tips and reminders.

Books & Resources

Some resources are available in other languages, please contact us for more information.

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