Upcoming CPS Think:Kids Certified Trainings

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 June 21, 2019 8:30am-4:30pmS. Wasco County School District - Maupin, OR (LIMITED SEATS OPEN TOPUBLIC). Think:Kids Certified Trainers: Rick Bowman, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Certified Trauma Practitioner - Clinical (CTP-C®) & Doris Bowman, M.S. Ed/Spec. Ed, Certified Trauma Practitioner of Education (CTP-E®). For questions, please contact Doris at doris@bowmanconsultgroup.com. Online registrationis open HERE. Watch their website for updates and a list of their current trainings.

  • CPS Introductory Training July 19, 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   571-758-5924 Please click here to register


 Tier 1 Intensive 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- June 18-20th, 2019 Cascade High School 10226 Marion Road SE, Turner, Oregon 97392 Think:Kids Certified Trainers; Hallie Carpenter, EdS, NCSP, Behavior Specialist & Heather Johnson, LCSW, Behavior Specialist, To Register please contact Margaret Anderson 503-749-8010 Ext. 1803 16 Professional Development units $250 with lunch included on Days 1 and 2.
  • Tier 1 Training - June 24-26, 2019
  • Tier 1 Training - June 25-27, 2019 Samara Learning Center 230 NE 9th St., Bend, OR Think:Kids Certified Trainers, Jake Slodki & Shannon Pugerude Cost $175 per seat. Pre-registration required www.samaralearningcenter.org/events-1

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 Trainings, 617-643-6030

  • CPS Tier 2 Training May 29-31, 2019 Northwest Regional ESD 5825 NE Ray Circle Hillsboro, OR 97124 Think:Kids Certified Trainer: Randi Cooper, see flyer  $300 per attendee please click here to register Registration Contact or more information: Paul Thompson 503-614-1724
  • CPS Tier 2 Training June 17-19, 2019 Robertson Life Science Building, 1st floor Auditorium, 2730 SW Moody Ave., Portland, OR 97201 Think:Kids Certified Trainers; Erik Kola, RN, QMHP & Beth Holliman, LPC. Registration for this conference is limited to 50 participants. Due to the advanced training level, attendees will be individually selected. In an effort to continue to advance the CPS model across the state, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will be offering a limited number of scholarship to participants who serve children and families as well as interested parents and caregivers. This scholarship waives the $350 registration fee. Travel, lodging, parking, and meals are not included. Please complete the following application to be considered for a scholarship. Send completed application to CPS Administrative Coordinator; Elisa Ross email



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 email for questions. Please download a flyer for more information


Interested in becoming a Certified Think:Kids Trainer?

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