Our next 6-week CPS class is available online, starting February 25, 2021. Please call Divinna at 860 876 0236 with questions. For this class, priority is given to East Haddam residents. Call or email to be on the waiting list if you live outside East Haddam.
Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood. It’s time for a more compassionate and effective approach.
CPS is a strengths-based, neurobiologically-grounded approach that brings new ideas and new hope for helping those with behavioral challenges. The CPS approach is based on more than 30 years of research in the neurosciences that demonstrates that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance. Therefore, unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching skills largely through a process of teaching parents and loved ones how to resolve chronic problems collaboratively.
NAMI Shoreline’s president, Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed., CPS Certified through Think:Kids, runs many CPS Classes (6 week sessions) throughout the year. Free of charge.
Who Should Attend? Parents, Caregivers: Foster, Adoptive, Step-Parents, Grandparents. All adults living with family with behavioral challenges who seek a new approach.
More information about CPS
Director of Think:Kids, Dr. Stuart Ablon, explains the philosophy of Collaborative Problem Solving:
Listen to this The Point interview– “Exploring the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning”–with several guests: Dr. J. Stuart Ablon, director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Jacqueline Lane, Executive Director of NAMI for Cape Cod and the Islands, Melissa Maguire, Director of Student Services for Monomy Regional School District, and Gina Hurley, Executive Director of Social Emotional Learning and Student Services at Barnstable Public Schools. The host is Mindy Todd. Discussion of Collaborative Problem Solving and how it’s helping in schools, homes, and across many settings. Click HERE to listen.
Check out FACEBOOK page for relevant articles and notices of upcoming classes: @Challenging Kids: Enlightened Parents
Or go to www.thinkkids.org for more information.