The Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
The Collaborative Problem Solving parenting model is a strength-based, neurologically-grounded approach based in Massachusetts General Hospital's Think:Kids program that provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their children (ages 3+) and adolescents in the face of ordinary, day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, screen time, homework, bedtime – and more serious challenges. It’s based on the understanding that many 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, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivators and focuses instead on helping parents to:
- Shift their thinking and approach to foster a positive relationship with their child
- Reduce challenging behavior
- Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
- Teach skills related to self-regulation, communication and problem-solving
Parents can learn CPS through individual/couples coaching, an introductory workshop that is open to the public, or a privately scheduled workshop with friends at a time and place convenient to the group. For an overview of CPS, contact Karen to schedule a 60-90 minute presentation.
To learn more about the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach, please click here. To read the views of parents who have participated in coaching or the introductory workshop, please click here. To read common questions and answers, please click here.