Collaborative Problem Solving Training

The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPST) Model is a model created by Dr. James Ablon. This training has been implemented on the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program’s Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Unit (CATU) Hospital unit. All staff have received tier I training in the CPST model. The training model can also be used for residential units throughout the state.


Focusing on:

  • Providing an in-depth exposure to both the assessment and intervention components of the model.
  • Practicing drilling down to identify specific triggers.
  • Practicing identifying the specific cognitive skill deficits contributing to challenging behavior.
  • Learning how to solve problems and train skills using the collaborative problem solving process.
  • Distinguishing between direct (explicit) and indirect (implicit) skills training and knowing when each approach is required.

Additional Topics Include:

  • Troubleshooting Plan B.
  • Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/her concerns.
  • Dealing with common resistances to the approach.
  • Troubleshooting other barriers to implementation such as integrating with other models in schools such as Positive Behavioral Supports.
  • Opportunities for continued learning and networking. 

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