Course DescriptionIn this course, participants with some previous exposure to this approach will develop and advance their skills in applying the model through a combination of didactic instruction, role-plays, video and audio examples, case presentations, and breakout groups with topics of specific interest to clinicians and educators.
This is an opportunity to not only learn about this model, but to network with others who desire to promote a compassionate and neurodevelopmentally supportive approach, and to receive individual attention and feedback during breakout sessions from Think:Kids Certified CPS Trainers.
Participants should expect to learn:
- How to assess lagging neurocognitive skills in children/youth with challenging behavior
- How to determine what problems (expectations/triggers) are leading to challenging behavior
- How to better predict and prevent chronic challenging behaviors using proactive assessment
- How to better predict and prevent chronic challenging behaviors using proactive planning
- How to better predict and prevent chronic challenging behaviors using proactive prioritizing
- How to better predict and prevent chronic challenging behaviors using proactive intervention
- How to intervene in ways that help the child gain skills for more adaptive ways of behaving in challenging situations in the future
- Practical application of concepts for settings where children are being educated or receiving treatment
This Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) course is intended for educators, parents, mental health clinicians, and community partners. Participants should have some introductory exposure to the model, and have interest in becoming more proficient in this innovative approach. Relationally based, CPS views challenging behavior as a learning disability of some very crucial cognitive (thinking) skills necessary to handle the demands of everyday life, and not the result of a child's willfulness or poor parenting. Through a more empathetic and accurate understanding of what is getting in a child's way, we (parents, educators, clinicians) are better able to intervene to
support children through a collaborative process of teaching skills and solving problems.
This course qualifies as a Think:Kids approved Collaborative Problem Solving Tier 1 Intensive for those individuals who may want to pursue Think:Kids CPS certification at a later date.