Upcoming Collaborative Problem Solving Think:Kids Certified Training

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Introductory Training

Introductory training provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. These introductory trainings serve as a prerequisite for our intensive training workshops for professionals and advanced trainings for parents.

  • CPS Introductory Training September 13, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm Historic Old School Event & Conference Center, 4455 Northeast Highway 20, Corvallis, OR 97330 Think:Kids Certified Trainer, Elizabeth McMahan, LCSW  For questions please contact Elizabeth McMahan   571-758-5924 Register for introductory training

Tier 1 Training

This 2-1/2 day intensive training is intended for mental health clinicians, educators, parents, and community partners.  Participants should have some introductory exposure to the model, and have interest in becoming more proficient in this innovative approach.  Relationally based, CPS views challenging behavior as a learning disability of some very crucial cognitive (thinking) skills  necessary to handle the demands of everyday life and not the result of a child’s willfulness or poor parenting. Through a more empathetic and accurate understanding of what is getting in a child’s way, we (parents, educators, clinicians) are better able intervene to support children through a collaborative process of teaching skills and solving problems.

  • Tier 1 Training- August 5-7, 2019 Lower Columbia College, Laufman Lecture Hall, Health & Science Bldg., 1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632 Think:Kids  Certified Trainers, Randi Cooper M.Ed. & Heather Johnson, LCSW. To register online, please click here For questions, please contact Sara Paul 360-261-6115 
  • Tier 1 Training- August 14-16, 2019 in Medford, Sponsored by SOESD. Think:Kids Certified Trainers: Doris Bowman, M.S. Ed/Special ED & Rick Bowman, M.A. Clinical Psychology NOTE: This Tier 1 offers 2 graduate credits through SPU, 16 NASW. For more information contact Doris Bowman 503-896-6780 To register online, please click here. Visit Bowman Consult Group website to view all upcoming trainings.
  • Tier 1 Training - August 19-21, 2019 Sherwood School District, Sherwood, Oregon (exact building location to be determined - LIMITED SEATS OPEN TO PUBLIC). Think:Kids Certified Trainers: Doris Bowman, M.S. Ed/Special ED & Rick Bowman, M.A. Clinical Psychology NOTE: This Tier 1 offers 2 graduate credits through SPU, 16 NASW CEU's, and 18 hours on the Oregon Registry (ORO). For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact Doris Bowman 503-896-6780 To register online, please click here. Visit Bowman Consulting Group website to view all upcoming trainings. 
  • Tier 1 Training - October 2-4, 2019 Old School Conference & Event Center, 4455 NE Highway 20, Corvallis, OR 97330 Limited Seating. Think:Kids Certified Trainers Elizabeth McMahan, LCSW & Alicia Myers. Note: this Tier 1 offers 16.75 CEUs available through NASW.  To register online, please click here. For questions contact Elizabeth McMahan 
  • Tier 1 Training- October 28-30, 2019 Portland, Oregon. Think:Kids Certified Trainers: Doris Bowman, M.S. Ed/Special ED & Rick Bowman, M.A. Clinical Psychology NOTE: This Tier 1 offers 2 graduate credits through SPU, 16 NASW. For more information or to reserve a seat contact Doris Bowman  503-896-6780 To register online, please click here. Visit Bowman Consulting Group website to view all upcoming trainings.  

Tier 2 Advanced Training

Participants who have successfully completed Tier 1 may be eligible to attend this advanced training. Tier 2 training focuses on advancing skills in applying the model through a combination of didactic lectures, role-playing, videotape examples, case presentations, and breakout groups with topics of specific interest to clinicians and educators. Participants receive personal attention and individualized feedback during breakout sessions from Think:Kids Certified Trainers while also benefiting from opportunities for networking. *Tier 1 and Tier 2 cannot be taken during the same summer or winter. A minimum of six months is required between Tier 1 and Tier 2 training so that participants have an opportunity to apply and practice what they learn.

  • Please contact Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital to inquire about Collaborative Problem Solving Tier 2 Advanced Training, 617-643-6030 thinkkidsinfo@partners.org

CPS Oregon outpatient provider learning community

This learning community is designed for those who have attended a Tier 1 Training in Collaborative Problem Solving and are now attempting to use CPS in your work with children and families. As mental health therapists, social workers, and nurse practitioners using this model, we may sometimes find ourselves stuck. The intention of this group is to pull together like-minded professionals to brainstorm, discuss, and troubleshoot areas that tend to get messy when using this model in individual and/or family outpatient therapy. We are hoping to create a format for learning and offer support to each other while also ensuring that we practice the model to fidelity. Class meets the second Wednesday of every month from 8:00am-9:00am PST, in person, teleconference or video conference. Please download a flyer for more information. Email cps@ohsu.edu for questions.

Interested in becoming a certified Think:Kids trainer?

For information on the Think:Kids Certification Program please visit Think:Kids website