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Think:Kids - Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving® Training: January 14-16, 2019

Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual   more info Jan 4, 2019 $675.00 $0.00
Group Rate (3 or 4 registrants) Jan 4, 2019 $625.00 $0.00
Group Rate (5 or more) Jan 4, 2019 $575.00 $0.00
Student (w/current student ID) Jan 4, 2019 $575.00 $0.00

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Winter 2019
Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving® Training

January 14-16, 2019
Somerville, MA

Think:Kids and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are offerings its Tier 1 Training as a 2 ½ day symposium focused on the assessment, planning and intervention components of this evidence-based model for helping adults with children who have challenging behaviors.

Think:Kids teaches adults around the world about our revolutionary approach to helping children struggling with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.This intensive training is intended for parents and professionals interested in becoming more proficient in this innovative approach to understanding and helping children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral challenges, called Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS).

Participants with some prior CPS exposure will learn to advance their skills in applying the approach through a combination of didatic lectures, role playing, videotape examples, case presentations, and breakout groups.

Training Content:

  • Identify the specific cognitive skill deficits contributing to challenging behavior.
  • Practice prioritizing, planning and achieving a consensus using the three Plans.
  • Learn how to solve problems and train skills using the Collaborative Problem Solving process.
  • Receive an in-depth exposure to the assessment, planning and intervention components of the CPS model.
  • Practice drilling down to identify specific triggers / unmet expectations.
  • Distinguishing between relational and didactic skills training.

Additional Topics Include:

  • Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/ her concern
  • Dealing with common resistances to the approach.
  • What neuroscience tells us about the advantages of relational, experiential skills training.
  • Understanding how CPS operationalizes trauma-informed care.
  • Troubleshooting barriers to implementation such as integrating with other school disciplinary or clinical models.
  • The process and challenges of implementation in entire systems.
  • Opportunities for continued learning and networking.

Prerequisite:A one-day Think:Kids Introductory Training - or - the online Think:Kids Introductory Training: If you are a parent, attendance in a 4-week parent overview group led by a member of the Think:Kids Certified community will qualify as your prerequiste!

About Your Tier 1 Instructor

J. Stuart Ablon, Phd, Founder & Director of Think:Kids

Dr. Ablon is an expert in helping children and adolescents with challenging behaviors learn the skills they need to regulate their responses and manage their own behavior.  He is an engaging and widely sought-after speaker who trains parents, educators, clinicians and first responders in the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach.  Through his leadership, Think:Kids has developed communities of care across North America, most notably with the state of Oregon, the City of Ottawa, Canada, and Youth Villages, a U.S.-based non-profit that provides residential and in-home services to children and families in crisis.

In addition to his role as Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dr. Ablon is the Director of the MGH Psychotherapy Research Program and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He also co-founded and served as co-director of the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving.

Dr. Ablon is the author of the books Changeable: The Surprising Science Behind Helping Anyone ChangeTreating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach, and The School Discipline Fix. He is also the author of numerous articles and research papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed pre- and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Schedule Details:

  • Monday, January 14th: 8:30am registration/breakfast, 9:00am-5:00pm training
  • Tuesday, January 15th: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 16th: 9:00am-1:00pm

Breaks & Lunch: There will be two fifteen minute breaks on Day 1 and Day 2 in addition to a one hour lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm on both days (lunch will be on your own). On Day 3 there will be a fifteen minute break from 10:30am-10:45am. Breakfast will be served all three days.

CEUs Accreditations:

Educators: We are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 16 PDPs.

Psychologists: An application for psychologist continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of psychologist CE credits.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: An application has been submitted to the MMCEP for 16 continuing education credits.

Social Workers: This training has been approved by the NASW Collaborative of Boston College and Simmons College for 16 continuing education credits.

Parents, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Educators Outside of Mass./Social Workers/Clinicians & Other Professionals Outside the US: A general certificate of attendance for 16 unites can be provided to which you can submi to the corresponding professional organization for consideration.

Location Details

Training Address: Partners Healthcare Administrative Campus - Assembly Room B - 399 Revolution Drive Somerville, MA

Room Block/Hotel Options:

We have a room block under "ThinkKids"at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Somerville for the convenience of those who want to stay close to the training center.

La Quinta Boston/Somerville is within walking distance to our training, provides free parking, and is offering a discounted rate of $95/per night. Call (617) 625-5300 and identify yourself as a member of the Think:Kids reservation block to receive this discount.

You can reserve rooms at other area hotels, including: The new Row Hotel at Assembly Row. The Row Hotel at Assembly is another great alernative to La Quinta that is in walking-distance to our training and offers more modern accomodations. Other options include: Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (Somerville), Kendall Hotel, the Boston Marriott Cambridge, and the Courtyard Boston Cambridge.

Reserve rooms early to ensure availability.
Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.


Have questions about Think:Kids - Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving® Training: January 14-16, 2019? Contact Think:Kids at MGH: Collaborative Problem Solving®

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Partners HealthCare Building
399 Assembly Drive
1st Floor
Somerville, MA 02145

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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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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