Partnership Program

Collaborative Problem Solving

Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS), developed at Massachusetts General Hospital, is an evidence-based, trauma-informed practice proven to reduce challenging behavior, teach kids the skills they lack, and build relationships with adults. We can help you bring a more accurate, compassionate, and effective approach to working with children with behavior challenges to your organization, school, district, facility, or program.

Partnership Program Overview

Sustainably implementing an evidence-based approach requires more than just training. It requires changing the structure, culture, and behavior of an entire organization and its staff. While this can be challenging, we are here to help at every step.

Think:Kids has spent nearly two decades helping organizations of all shapes and sizes learn and sustainably implement CPS. Backed by implementation science, our Partnership Program is the most comprehensive and effective way to build a solid foundation in Collaborative Problem Solving and foster ongoing adoption within your organization.

We follow implementation science best practices through a phased approach, providing state-of-the-art readiness evaluations, intensive training, coaching, and project management support. Our research staff continuously evaluates the fidelity and outcomes of the implementation, and we use those data to guide our work together. Our train-the-trainer model develops a team of experts on your staff certified in Collaborative Problem Solving, giving you the capacity to support your training and coaching needs in the future. Lastly, at Think:Kids, we practice what we preach, and we collaborate with you to solve the inevitable problems that arise during the process, working hard to make sure the unique concerns of your organization are addressed.

Partnership Phases

As your organization moves through the phases of implementation toward Achieving Independence, your team members become more involved in training and coaching staff and Think:Kids moves to more of an advisory role.

Phase 1 builds the foundation for future system-wide implementation of CPS based on your organization’s unique strengths and needs. This includes the development of a group of CPS Leaders & Champions, who competently apply CPS and have the skills to support its spread within the organization, and a committee with the resources to guide staff behavior change. In concert we will transform organizational practices to support the use of CPS by all staff.

Phase 2 shares CPS with more people in the organization through training, coaching, and support. Leaders & Champions increase their knowledge and understanding of the approach to begin weaving it into the systems and policies of the organization and how to support staff who are learning and beginning to use CPS.

Phase 3 moves toward greater integration of CPS into the systems and structures of the organization. It also increases the frequency and quality with which people demonstrate knowledge and use of CPS as direct coaching and training shifts to people from within the organization.

Phase 4 ensures that there are systems and plans in place within the organization to support the continued use, practice, and spread of CPS over the long term.

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Think:Kids recognizes that changing how we interact with kids takes practice, patience, and persistence. Changing the culture and behavior of a whole staff is even harder. That is why we create deep and lasting partnerships with organizations that implement our approach.

Contact us to learn more about a custom implementation plan to bring Collaborative Problem Solving to your organization, school, district, or facility today!

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What Our Clients Say

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“Our work with Think:Kids and the Collaborative Problem Solving approach has had a huge impact on Youth Haven by increasing our youth’s satisfaction during their stay, improved staff/client relationships, increased staff moral and employee job satisfaction, reduced our need for restrictive behavior management, and help staff feel confident that they have the ability to help our youth build skills which will help them be successful in future placements.”
Kim Weisberg, LCSW, Director of Programs Youth Haven, Inc.
"The experience has been wonderful. It's been transformative for our school. The Collaborative Problem Solving approach, really at the core of it, was a philosophical shift for many of us as educators. It required us to look at students and their behaviors differently... it really has been an approach that's changed our school. It's changed our practices which has translated to making our children happy and safe, and they're learning."
Michael Stanton, Principal Vincent M. Igo Elementary School, Foxborough, MA
"Our IEP rate for students receiving learning center support has dropped to below 5%. If principals really want to prepare their students and teachers for a new age then they need to teach them the problem solving skills that will help them solve problems that don’t exist today. I encourage all principals start Collaborative Problem Solving in their school NOW! Don’t wait thirty years."
Kirk Downing, former Principal & Assistant Superintendent Natick Public Schools, Natick, MA
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