Collaborative Problem Solving
The Collaborative Problem Solving approach by Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital is a tried and true parenting method that calms behavior challenges, opens up new pathways of thinking, and builds the skills to meet more and more of your expectations. Helping your child improve areas like frustration tolerance, flexibility and problem solving can be a game changer for your relationship and restore the peace and sanity in your home.
Ted Layman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified CPS Trainer and Think:Kids staff member. He is part of an international team of leading specialists in Collaborative Problem Solving and provides training, consultation and psychotherapy for parents and families utilizing CPS.
- Children and teens who struggle with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms.
- Children and teens that are chronically inflexible, easily frustrated or irritable, and struggle with solving problems adaptively.
- For families that have used many other types of discipline approaches that they aren’t working.
- With children starting as young as 3 year-old to teens and young adults.
Being firmly rooted in both a philosophy and neuroscience, CPS starts with changing our understanding of the problem followed by research based techniques to build the skills that children (and parents) need to think more flexibly, tolerate their frustration better, and solve problems more effectively.
After an initial assessment, the first few sessions are focused on teaching the parents the approach. Following this the family therapy starts with Ted facilitating and supporting the collaborative problem solving process between the parents and child. Over the next several sessions, the parents take over the main role of facilitating the CPS discussions with support from Ted. Average length of treatment is 8-14 sessions which is largely dependent on the parent's’ progress with adopting the CPS philosophy.
Based on published research conducted by Think:Kids:
In Family Therapy:
- Statistically and clinically significant reductions in symptoms and severity of Oppositional Defiance Disorder as well as parenting stress
- Significant improvements in parental competence, child’s autonomy and parent-child interactions
In Parent Groups:
- Significant improvements in child behavior reported by both mothers and fathers at the end of treatment and follow-up
- Significant reductions in mothers’ stress
- Equivalent outcomes to individual family treatment