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Think:Kids Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training - July 2017

Think:Kids at MGH

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Individual   more info Jul 11, 2017 $675.00 $0.00
Group Rate (3 or 4 registrants)   more info Jul 11, 2017 $625.00 $0.00
Group Rate (5 or more)   more info Jul 11, 2017 $575.00 $0.00

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Tier 1 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training with

Think: Kids Founder & Director,

Dr. Stuart Ablon

July 17- July 19, 2017 

We invite you to a special opportunity to learn about Collaborative Problem Solving directly from Think:Kids Founder and Director, Dr. Stuart Ablon.

Think:Kids and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are pleased to offer our Tier 1 Training as a 2 ½ day symposium focused on the assessment, planning and intervention components of the Collaborative Problem Solving model.

This intensive training is intended for parents and professionals interested in becoming more proficient in this innovative and evidence-based 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.

Think:Kids teaches trainers around the world about our revolutionary approach to helping children with behavioral challenges. Come learn the latest advancements in the CPS approach directly from the expert source during this Summer Tier 1 training.

*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.

Tier 1 Conference Content

Focusing on:

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

Additional Topics Include:

  • Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/ her concerns.
  • Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/ her concerns.
  • 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.
  • Implementation in classrooms and groups, including the use of group Plan B.
  • 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:

About our Featured Speaker - J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Dr Ablon  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 Founder and 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 co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and 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.


Event Details


Day 1: 8:30 am registration and breakfast, 9:00am-5:00 pm training

Day 2: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Day 3: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

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.


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.

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.

Location: Microsoft NERD Center - Horace Mann Room - 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 

Location website:

Microsoft New England (MSNE) is a major center for technical innovation and research. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the MSNE campus includes two buildings—One Memorial Drive and the recently renovated One Cambridge Center. At the core of MSNE is the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD). NERD is a world-renowned research and software development center, and is home to teams working on critical products and services like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SQL. NERD also serves as a center of gravity for the local tech community, having hosted more than 1,000 events and welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since opening in 2008.


Travel by T: On the T, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop. Walk straight up Main Street toward the Longfellow Bridge (past the Post Office, Bank of America). You will see the Parking Garage on your right, Take a right and you can enter the building from the side. Approximately a 5 minute walk.
Parking: We recommend that you take advantage of public transportation ( if possible, as parking in the area can be costly ($18-$40 per day). To check the rates of nearby lots/garages, go to: Boston Best Parking/Cambridge. The building is located on Memorial Drive near the intersection with Main Street. Click here for directions to the conference center.

Room Reservations: 

Rooms can be reserved at area hotels, including: theKendall Hotel, the Liberty HotelBoston Marriott Cambridge, the Courtyard Boston Cambridge, the Residence Inn and The Boxer Hotel (617-624-0202). Be sure to let them know that you are attending a Mass General Training and ask if they offer MGH discounted rates! Reserve early to ensure availability.

Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.

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Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
1st floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Think:Kids at MGH

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 approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed.

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