Collaborative Problem Solving

Children do well if they can

Smiling Kids

What is Collaborative Problem Solving? The basic tenets of the Think:Kids model support the view that "children do well if they can." If they can’t, we, as caregivers, need to understand what is getting in their way so that we can help. Although this doesn’t seem earth shattering, it is a significant departure from the conventional idea that "kids do well if they want to."

Collaborative Problem Solving is an evidence-based model based on neurobiological research.  It allows caregivers and professionals to address challenging youth behaviors through empowerment, empathy, and mutual solving of the shared problems that tend to cause behaviors. The model is rooted in the Think:Kids program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Visit Think:Kids website

Watch Dr. Ablon's TED talk

Find a Think:Kids Certified Trainer

CPS Project at OHSU

The Oregon CPS Project at OHSU  We provide training, consultation, and support in the Collaborative Problem Solving model to families and providers in Oregon. We also provide the greater Oregon community with information about Collaborative Problem Solving™ resources available throughout the state. 

Contact Collaborative Problem Solving Staff

CPS Parent Group Trainings & Resources

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