Our Team

Margaret Johnson

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Certified Trainer & Consultant

Margaret Johnson, LMSW, works with people across the entire Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) learning continuum. She hosts training coaching sessions, provides implementation consultation to organizations, and provides high-level instruction in our Certification Program. Margaret also oversees the organization’s efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion within our services, day-to-day operations, and community relations. She works with the Think:Kids team to continually evaluate and improve how we train, coach, instruct, support, and interact with our community of learners and partners.

Margaret spent many years working directly with youth, families, and staff in Oregon’s foster care and residential treatment settings. As part of a large-scale effort to implement CPS across Oregon’s systems of care, she created CPS-based pilot programs, facilitated community meetings, and built curricula supporting CPS growth resulting in overseeing the Oregon CPS Project at Oregon Health & Science University. Margaret is passionate about teaching CPS to programs that serve families and youth involved in the child welfare and justice systems. She loves teaching CPS directly to parents and initiated the first online CPS parent classes while working at OHSU.

Margaret holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in both Psychology and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

About Me: Hi, I’m Margaret (she/her/hers), and I live and work on the central coast of California. I am committed to working hard to make the CPS model inclusive, accessible, and relatable to people from all different backgrounds. I enjoy customizing my teaching approach to meet diverse needs. CPS has the power to transform lives and build hope! I’ve seen it happen countless times, and I love being part of that process. I am a queer writer, artist, and musician, and my Irish American and Mexican American roots are an ongoing source of inspiration for me in both my work and my art. I learned about empathy, social justice, hard work, resilience, humor, and creativity from my family, and these values carry over into my commitment to CPS and DEI. Every child, family, program, and group I’ve worked with is different, and I am always learning things from the people I teach. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

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