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What is Collaborative Problem Solving?®

Research and development of CPS is ongoing through Think:Kids.  Some research highlights include:

  • Significant decrease in stress for both parents and teachers

  • Increased executive functioning skills in the child

  • Improved parent-child relationship

  • 25% reduction in school office referrals

  • 71% reduction in school oppositional behaviours.

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The Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS) approach, developed by Think:Kids of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, starts with the philosophy that people want to do well and will do well if they can.  

This evidence-based method to managing challenging behaviour promotes the understanding that, in certain situations, kids/teens/adults lack the skill –not the will– to behave; specifically, skills related to problem-solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.

Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures, and instead focuses on collaborating with the child/teen/adult to solve the problems leading to challenging behaviour and build the skills they need to succeed.  

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