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Think:Kids Intro. Training: A Revolutionary Approach to Helping Kids

Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual   more info Jun 6, 2018 $189.00 $0.00
Group Rate (2+)   more info Jun 6, 2018 $179.00 $0.00
Group Rate (5+)   more info Jun 6, 2018 $169.00 $0.00

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 2018 Introductory Training

Collaborative Problem Solving®:

An Innovative Approach for Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior

35 Congress Street

3rd Floor (Harborpoint Room)

Salem, MA 01970
Friday, June 15, 2018  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), is pleased to offer a one-day training program featuring Think:Kids Director of Certification, Ben Stich, LICSW, M.Ed.


We invite parents, teachers, clinicians, and all adults working with youth to a day of training in how to shift your thinking about challenging kids and how to understand their challenging behavior. 


At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why challenging kids struggle.

Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal-oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using rewards and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you.


Our Introductory training provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges called Collaborative Problem Solving®. This  Intro. training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training seminars (Tier 1 Training & Tier 2 Training).


Research over the past 30 years demonstrates that for the majority of these kids, their challenges result from a lack of crucial thinking skills when it comes to things like problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility.


Collaborative Problem Solving focuses on helping adults teach the skills these children lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior. Through lecture, videos, case examples and role plays, this one-day training will introduce how to help foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.


Root Inc, a non-profit organization that helps youth through their culinary workforce development social enterprise and programs, is hosting this training in their headquarters.


Ben Stich, LICSW, M.Ed is the Director of Certification for Think:Kids.  Ben provides strategic and administrative leadership to the Think:Kids certification team. Together, the team uses a mixture of training, group supervision, recording reviews and individual coaching to create experts in applying the Collaborative Problem Solving model, as well as certified trainers of the model.

Ben has extensive experience in working with young people with challenging behavior, and currently provides CPS family counseling and Family and Divorce Mediation in his private practice in Natick, MA. Previously, Ben worked for eight years as a Program Director at Germaine Lawrence, a residential treatment program for adolescent girls, and six years as an Adjustment Counselor at a Massachusetts high school where he introduced and helped the district adopt CPS.  He earned an MSW from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and an M.Ed in Organizational Development from Endicott College.



Philosophy and the Power of Conventional Wisdom




Pathways to Challenging Behavior: Identifying Triggers and
Lagging Thinking Skills


Lunch (on your own)


The Plans: Your Three Options for Responding to Problems




Plan B: Solving Problems and Teaching Skills Collaboratively


Question and Answer / Further Resources 




Individual Rate, $189. Group Rate: $179 for 2+ and $169 for 5+

If you would like to pay by check, or be invoiced: Select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase, then select "Show other payment methods" located under group rate and then "pay offline". Amefika Desir will email you an invoice to process your Purchase Order or check. Please note: in order to participate in the training, your check must have been processed in advance or presented at the registration table.


35 Congress

3rd Floor (Harborpoint Room)

Salem, MA 01970


Free parking is available in the parking lot.


No walk-ins accepted, please register early!


Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.


For questions regarding the training or assistance with your registration or payment please contact Amefika Desir at (617) 643-6030 or




Psychologists: An application for psychologist continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of psychologist CE credits.
Teachers: A certificate of attendance will be issued for 5.5 contact hours that can be submitted to the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval with another training (4.5 hours or greater). (PDPs can only be issued for a single or multiple trainings that are a minimum of 10 contact hours). 
Social Workers: This program has been approved for 5.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This training has been approved by MMCEP for 5.5 continuing education hours.
Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Other: A Certificate of Attendance will be provided which can be submitted to the corresponding professional organization for consideration.
Have questions about Think:Kids Intro. Training: A Revolutionary Approach to Helping Kids? Contact Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

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ROOT, Inc.

35 Congress Street, Shetland Park
Salem, MA 01970

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

Think:Kids teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges. Through training, support and clinical 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


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