The CPS approach focuses on building helping relationships and teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed across a variety of different settings. It is a strengths-based, neurobiologically grounded approach that provides concrete guideposts so as to operationalize trauma-informed care and empower youth and family voice.
In Tier 2 Advanced Concepts, participants will learn how best to facilitate skills development using the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach relying heavily on using real examples from participants’ experiences. We recommend at minimum, a 3-month gap after you complete the Tier 1 Training, before attending The Tier 2 Advanced Training, so you’ve had an opportunity to apply and practice the CPS model.
Participants will begin to learn how to integrate CPS with other approaches and therapeutic models and how to support others using the approach and address common questions and misconceptions. The training focuses on deepening your skills at all phases of the collaborative approach and enhances your implementation in the real world. This will be done through various strategies including lecture, case studies, role-plays, videotape examples, and breakout groups.
- Prerequisite: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Intensive Tier 1 Training.
- Attendance: When registering, you are signing up for all four sessions. Attendance is required for each day as the learning builds upon the previous session’s content.
- All participants must join via their own devices. If joining as a group, each person should be on an individual device.
- Troubleshoot all aspects of CPS, even in the most challenging situations.
- Utilize CPS in group settings, emergency, and spontaneous situations.
- Apply CPS in a neuro-biologically informed manner.
- Work with other adults rooted in conventional wisdom.
- Use CPS to enhance cultural responsiveness.
- Identify strategies for ongoing learning and application at home, work, and in larger systems.
Who Should Attend
Tier 2 training is intended for mental health front-line staff, clinicians and educators that have already taken Tier 1 training and have had an opportunity to apply and practice the CPS model.
Course Dates & Format
There are no scheduled dates for this course at this time, however in-service is available.
This is a 14-hour training. This course is delivered virtually over 4 half days. Attendance is required each day.
Since 1988, Michael Hone has worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, youth justice, education and child and youth mental health. Currently he is the Executive Director of a Children’s Mental Health Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Michael is one of 2 Master trainers in Canada for Collaborative Problem Solving and is involved with the Advisory Council of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. Michael has been committed to implementing the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach across Ontario, and to date has trained approximately 8,000 people in Ontario.
Natasha has worked in child and adolescent services since 1991 in a variety of settings including residential services, secure treatment, youth justice, education, substance abuse, child and youth mental health, as well as in the private sector. She is a bilingual Certified Master Trainer and Consultant for Think:Kids and completed her fellowship for her Master’s in Social Work at Think:Kids in the department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is committed to implementing the CPS approach in Canada and the United States and has trained and provided implementation support to numerous sites. She has also reviewed child and youth mental health systems internationally using the SOCPR and presented on the topic at numerous conferences.
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Continuing Education Information
14 CECs with OAMHP
Continuing education credits are offered at no extra cost through Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
Licensing boards and professional organizations will grant Continuing Education credits for attendance at their discretion when participants submit the course outline and certificate.
This is available as an in-person or virtual in-service training and customized to suit your needs.