Collaborative Problem Solving | Tier 2 | Think:Kids | CEU / PDP | June 2023

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Collaborative Problem Solving | Tier 2 | Think:Kids | CEU / PDP | June 2023

Tier 2 Advanced Concepts in Collaborative Problem Solving® Online Training

By Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

When and where

Date and time

Monday, June 5 · 7 - 11:30am PDT



Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

Advanced Concepts in Collaborative Problem Solving® (Tier 2)

This course is designed for individuals who have attended Essential Foundation (Tier 1) or a Parent Class and are interested in deepening their understanding and use of Collaborative Problem Solving®.

Think:Kids invites educators, residential program staff, mental health clinicians, parents, and anyone who is living with or helping kids to learn more about Collaborative Problem Solving, a trauma-informed and evidence-based approach that helps kids meet expectations, reduces concerning behavior, builds skills, and strengthens relationships with adults.

This course is conducted online, over 4-sessions:

  • Monday, June 5: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET / 7:00 am - 11:30 am PT
  • Thursday, June 8: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET / 7:00 am - 11:30 am PT
  • Monday, June 12: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET / 7:00 am - 11:30 am PT
  • Thursday, June 15: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET / 7:00 am - 11:30 am PT

The Advanced Concepts course deepens skills in all phases of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach and enhances implementation in the real world. Through engaging lecture, role play, video examples, case presentation, and breakout groups, participants will advance their skills and learn how to apply the approach in the most challenging situations. Upon completion of this course, graduates are eligible to apply to the Certification Course.

Join us and learn to:

  • Confidently assess and plan interventions for all youth in your care.
  • Expand your use of the approach to include using it with groups, spontaneously, in complex situations, and when you are not directly involved.
  • Develop and deploy strategies when things get tough, including a lack of trust or language skills.
  • Support others using the approach and address common issues, including lack of “buy-in.”
  • Engage in productive dialogue to share the values of the approach of Collaborative Problem Solving focusing on skill not will.
  • Use Collaborative Problem Solving to address the negative impact of implicit bias and combat inequitable discipline practices.


  • Individuals: $515 USD for all 4 sessions
  • Groups of 3 or 4: $495 USD each for all 4 sessions
  • Groups of 5 or more: $445 USD each for all for sessions

Payment Policy: Credit/debit card is preferred for registration payment. Please email us at if you need to pay by check/invoice.

Financial Assistance: If you require financial assistance, please apply for assistance by completing this form. Funds are limited, and the application does not guarantee an award. The application is due 2 weeks before the training starts.

Training Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.

Course Requirements

  • Prerequisite: Essential Foundation (Tier 1)or Parent class in Collaborative Problem Solving. *Please note: We recommend a minimum of 3 months between attending Tier 1 and Tier 2 to allow for more understanding and practice of the model.
  • Attendance: When registering, you are signing up for all four sessions. Attendance is required for each day as the learning builds upon the previous session's content.
  • All participants must join via their own devices. If joining as a group, each person should be on an individual device.

Think: Kids/MGH is an Accredited Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Professional Development Points (PDP)

  • Educators: We are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 16 PDPs.
  • Psychologists: The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 16 Continuing Education (CE) credit(s) for psychologists. Please contact us at for the status of psychologist CE credits.
  • Social Workers: This training is approved by the NASW Collaborative of Boston College and Simmons College for 16 continuing education credits.
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This training is approved by MMCEP for 16 continuing education credits.
  • Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Other: A certificate of attendance will be provided for 16 units which can be submitted to the corresponding professional organization for consideration.

About Your Instructors

Hallie Carpenter, EdS, NCSP is the Manager of Implementation and a Certified Trainer and Consultant for Think:Kids. She provides training and coaching to individuals and organizations seeking to learn and implement Collaborative Problem Solving within their systems. Hallie has worked for over a decade in educational settings as a behavior specialist, school psychologist, consultant, and adjunct instructor. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with individuals serving in various roles in schools and other agencies to work towards the common goal of improving outcomes for youth and families.

Hallie received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Linfield College and an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She has been using CPS in her professional work and personal life for the past 10 years. In this time, she has observed firsthand the transformative power that comes from teaching others about the CPS approach. Specifically, how it encourages a more compassionate view of behavioral challenges and gives youth voice and ownership in their personal growth.

Larry Lam, LCSW, MPH provides a range of services at Think:Kids to those who are learning to utilize Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) in their personal and/or professional lives. He facilitates training and coaching sessions, teaches advanced concepts as an instructor in our Certification Program, and consults with organizations who are working towards implementation and sustainability of CPS. Prior to working full-time at Think:Kids, Larry spent many years working with youth, families, and staff in foster care in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. He spent over 9 years leading CPS implementation efforts in child welfare that included training and coaching of staff and parents. He has been using CPS in his work since first learning the model in 2013. He has been dedicated to spreading the philosophy in his professional life and grounding himself in the philosophy at home as he raises children of his own. Larry received his BS in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He also holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

About the organizer

Think:Kids teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges. Through training, support, and implementation services, we promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem-solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, our Collaborative Problem Solving® approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed. #KidsDoWellifTheyCan