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Think:Kids Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training - Winter 2018

Think:Kids at MGH

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual   more info Feb 2, 2018 $675.00 $0.00
Group Rate (3 or 4 registrants)   more info Feb 2, 2018 $625.00 $0.00
Group Rate (5 or more)   more info Feb 2, 2018 $575.00 $0.00

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Winter 2018
Tier 2 Collaborative Problem Solving™ Training

Implementing Collaborative Problem Solving
February 7 - February 9, 2018
Sommerville, MA

Think:Kids invites psychiatric program staff, mental health 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.   

This intensive training is the next step in the pathway to fully integrating the CPS model! Professional development credits and group discounts are available.

The Tier II training focuses on the assessment, planning and intervention components of the CPS approach.

This 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 the children we seek to support.

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.

*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.


About Your Think:Kids Tier 1 Trainer:


J. Stuart Ablon, Phd, 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 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.


Day 1 (Wed. Feb. 7th): 8:30 AM registration and breakfast, 9 AM - 5 PM training

Day 2 (Thurs.  Feb 8th): 9 AM - 5 PM

Day 3 (Fri.  Feb 9th): 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.

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

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: This training has been 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.

Additional Details

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

Room Reservations: Rooms can be reserved at area hotels, including: Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (Somerville), Kendall Hotel, the Liberty Hotel, Boston 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 (for CEUs) and ask if they offer MGH/Partners discounted rates! Reserve rooms early to ensure availability.
Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.



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Partners Healthcare - Assembly Row Campus
399 Revolution Drive
Sommerville, MA 02145

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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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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