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Think:Kids Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training - Summer 2017

Think:Kids at MGH

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Individual   more info Jul 25, 2017 $675.00 $0.00
Group Rate (3 or 4 registrants)   more info Jul 25, 2017 $625.00 $0.00
Group Rate (5 or more)   more info Jul 25, 2017 $575.00 $0.00

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Summer 2017
Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training
Implementing Collaborative Problem Solving
July 31 - August 2, 2017
Cambridge, MA

Think:Kids invites psychiatric program staff, mental health clinicians, clinicians, parents and educators who live or work with kids with challenging behavior to learn more about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), the revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children develop the skills they need to manage their behavior.   

The Tier II training focuses on the assessment, planning and intervention components of the CPS model.  The 2 ½ day symposium also provides CPS practitioners a community and a sounding board to troubleshoot issues and plan dynamic initiatives to address challenging behavior in students. 

Led by Director of Training & Implementation Dr. Larry Epstein, this intensive training is the next step in the pathway to fully integrating the CPS model. Professional development credits and group discounts are available. 

Please note: participants must have completed the Tier I training more than six months prior to the start of Tier II.


During this interactive training you will:

  • Practice strategies for implementing the CPS approach in the most challenging situations
  • Learn how to teach the model to others
  • Address common resistances and a lack of "buy-in"
  • Understand when and how to use relational vs. didactic skills training

Additional topics include:

  • The neurobiology underlying the
    Plan B approach
  • Fostering self-regulation through the relational process Plan B
  • Addressing systemic issues such as leadership during culture change
  • Enhancing communication structures
  • Integrating behavioral approaches and therapeutic models
  • Opportunities for continued learning and networking

Prerequisite: A 1-day Think:Kids  Introductory Training or the online Think:Kids Introductory Training, and the 2 1/2 day Think:Kids Intensive Tier 1 Training.


About Our Presenter

Larry Epstein, PhD
Director of Training & Implementation

Larry Epstein, Ph.D., is Director of Training and Implementation at Think:Kids, Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching the Collaborative Problem Solving method across a variety of settings, including education and clinical programs, and in outpatient practice.

During a 17-year career in the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Epstein helped develop the district's intensive treatment program for students with significant behavioral challenges.  He is also a nationally certified bullying prevention trainer and helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities.

Dr. Epstein earned his Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and completed his internship at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado.



*Please note: 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. 



Day 1 (Mon. Feb. 27th): 8:30 AM registration and breakfast, 9 AM - 5 PM training

Day 2 (Tue.  Feb 28th): 9 AM - 5 PM

Day 3 (Wed. March 1st): 9 AM - 1 PM

Lunch will be on your own on Day 1 and Day 2.

A Continental Breakfast will be served each day.

Breaks: There will be two 15-minute breaks on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 there will be one 15-minute break. 


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.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This training has been approved by 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

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: the Kendall 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, Horace Mann Room
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, August 2, 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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