The Oregon Collaborative Problem Solving Project

People do well if they can.


Back in 2005, a dedicated group of Oregon clinicians and administrators along with Dr. Stuart Ablon began to engage organizations and providers across the state.  Since that time hundreds of parents and professionals from over 50 different agencies have been trained in the Collaborative Problem Solving Model across the state of Oregon. There has been extensive growth across the children's system of care which includes the following: outpatient mental health, hospitals, residential programs, educational settings, family advocacy programs, foster care providers and juvenile justice programs.Participating systems have reported significant decreases in the use of restraint/seclusion and recidivism rates, while showing improvements in perception of care, retention of employees, and job satisfaction.   Measureable reductions in health care costs have been realized through decreased staff injuries and worker's compensation claims and the likely improved potential of participating as a successful and productive person over the lifespan. More broadly, these improvements are experienced subjectively as a relief of suffering and restored sense of hope in both parents and providers. The state of Oregon recognizes Collaborative Problem Solving as an evidence based practice.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Doernbecher Children's Hospital is a Division of the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. The OHSU Department of Psychiatry, part of the OHSU Brain Institute, conducts laboratory and clinical research on all the most common mental health problems. We treat people with many psychiatric disorders, including sleep problems, substance abuse and addictions, mental health problems in children, adolescents and older adults (geriatric) and eating disorders. Our specialists care for people of every culture and background. The fundamental purpose of OHSU and The Department of Psychiatry is to improve well-being. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry exemplifies the three-part mission of OHSU: Healing, Teaching and Discovery.

As part of its multifaceted public mission, OHSU strives for excellence in education, research, clinical practice, scholarship and community service

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Think:Kids is a program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The Department of psychiatry has has more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists uniquely trained as clinicians, researchers and teachers Through its 50 specialty clinical and research programs, we address virtually every aspect of psychiatric disorders - the brain diseases also known as mental illness - including depression, schizophrenia, and a host of other disorders such as anxiety, panic, attention deficit, bipolar, obsessive compulsive, and post-traumatic stress. We bring all of these resources together to focus on a four-part mission: patient care, pioneering research, training and educating professionals, and serving the community.