An Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving

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Presented by Dr. Lawrence Epstein, Ph. D., Director of Training and Implementation

Friday, March 10, 2017

Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC)

Bedford NH 03110

(603) 206-6800,

Who Should Attend:

Professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges.

About the Workshop:

Our one-day introductory training provides a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with behavioral challenges called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). This training serves as the prerequisite for our professional intensive training and advanced parent training.

The CPS approach provides a new way of understanding and helping kids who struggle with behavioral challenges. Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal oriented which has led to approaches that focus on motivating better behavior using reward and punishment programs. If you’ve tried these strategies and they haven’t worked, this workshop is for you! At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why these kids struggle. Research over the past 30 years demonstrates that for the majority of these kids their challenges result from a lack of crucial thinking skills when it comes to things like problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility. The CPS approach, therefore, focuses on helping adults teach the skills these children lack while resolving the chronic problems that tend to precipitate challenging behavior.

Through lecture, videos, case examples and role plays this one-day training will help you shift your thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with these children and encourage growth in areas of self-regulation, communication and problem solving.


8:30-9:00 Check-In

9:00-10:30 Philosophy and the Power of Conventional Wisdom

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Pathways to Challenging Behavior : Identifying Problems to be Solved and Skills to be Taught

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 The Plans: Your Three Options for Responding to Problems

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Plan B: Solving Problems and Teaching Skills Collaboratively

3:30-4:00 Question and Answer / Further Resources

About the Presenter

Larry Epstein, Ph.D., is Director of Training and Implementation at Think:Kids, Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Psychology the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Epstein has extensive experience utilizing and teaching the Collaborative Problem Solving across a variety of settings including educational and clinical programs and outpatient practice. For 17 years before joining Think:Kids, Dr. Epstein worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, Colorado during which time he helped develop the district’s intensive treatment program for students with significant behavioral challenges. He is also a nationally certified bullying prevention trainer and helped found the non-profit organization Creating Caring Communities.

Dr. Epstein received his Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and completed his internship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:30 am

Presentation starts at 9:00 am

Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 4:00 pm

Cost: $250.00

Registration ends March 3, 2017

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**Refunds will not be given for “no shows”.

**SERESC accepts substitution of another person. 24 hour advanced notice is appreciated.

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**SERESC reserves the right to postpone or cancel events.


SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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