How to Deal with Teenagers and Children who are Challenging – CPS Tier 1 Training – August 2014 –

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Collaborative Problem Solving

Tier 1 Intensive Training

Canton Public Schools

August 4-6, 2014

Learn How To Deal With Teenagers and Their Challenging Behavior

In the same way that kids with learning disabilities struggle with thinking skills in areas like reading, writing or math, research has shown that behaviorally challenging kids lack thinking skills related to flexibility, frustration tolerance and problem solving. Not long ago, kids who had trouble reading were thought of as lazy or dumb. Today, people recognize that these kids have a learning disability that simply requires a different method of teaching.

Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) innovative and evidence-based approach aims to accomplish a similar shift in perspective and practice with behaviorally challenging kids. Rather than try to motivate these kids to behave better, CPS builds helping relationships and teaches skills through a process of helping adults and kids learn how to resolve problems collaboratively. Teachers in Massachusetts and across the country have learned and applied CPS to help students better meet their expectations, strengthen relationships, and teach important thinking skills.

This two and a half day intensive training is intended for teachers who are interested in becoming proficient in the CPS approach

Conference Content

Focusing on:

  • Providing an in-depth exposure to both the assessment and intervention components of the model.
  • Practicing drilling down to identify specific triggers.
  • Practicing identifying the specific cognitive skill deficits contributing to challenging behavior.
  • Learning how to solve problems and train skills using the Collaborative Problem Solving process.
  • Learning the neurobiology of CPS and how the replicable process with practical guideposts facilitates brain development.
  • Understanding how CPS operationalizes the latest research on trauma-informed care.
  • Learning how CPS teaches skills naturalistically and experientially through a relational process

Additional Topics Include:

  • Troubleshooting Plan B.
  • Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/her concerns.
  • Dealing with common resistances to the approach
  • Troubleshooting other barriers to implementation such as integrating with other models in schools
  • Implementation in entire classrooms
  • Opportunities for continued learning and connecting with colleagues


Monday, August 4, 8:15-4:30

Tuesday, August 5, 8:30-4:30

Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 – 12:00