Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS):
How to Recognize and Solve Problems
That Cause Challenging Behavior

Divinna Schmitt, MEd

Tuesday
April 2, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton

Our kids with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments sometimes make things worse. Helping our kids requires understanding why and when they struggle in the first place.

The Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach is based on the understanding that kids do well if they can. Unlike traditional models of discipline, CPS avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures. It targets reducing challenging behavior by teaching at-risk kids, from toddlers through young adults, the skills they lack and building relationships with the adults in their lives.

CPS was developed by Think:Kids, an internationally recognized program led by Dr. Stuart Ablon (Mass General Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry). Divinna Schmitt, MEd, received her CPS Certification with Ablon. Since then, she has taught parents and caregivers how to apply this life-changing approach at home.

In this presentation, Divinna will guide parents through the principles and skills-building of CPS, including:
1. Understanding why a child sometimes struggles to meet day-to-day expectations;
2. Identifying triggers to a child’s challenging behaviors as well as identifying skills that a child needs help developing;
3. Addressing conflicts in a way that reduces challenging behaviors, improves relationships, and teaches critical skills;
4. Dealing with problems before a behavior situation becomes escalated; and
5. Building skills such as flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving.

Materials:
CPS Overview (PDF format)
CPS Assessment Planning Tool (PDF format)

More About Divinna Schmitt

Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with
Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Library and
Newtown Sped PTA

SPED*NET does not provide medical or psychological
advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material in this
presentation is provided for educational purposes only.

Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS):
How to Recognize and Solve Problems
That Cause Challenging Behavior

Divinna Schmitt, MEd

Tuesday
April 2, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton

Our kids with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments sometimes make things worse. Helping our kids requires understanding why and when they struggle in the first place.

The Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach is based on the understanding that kids do well if they can. Unlike traditional models of discipline, CPS avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures. It targets reducing challenging behavior by teaching at-risk kids, from toddlers through young adults, the skills they lack and building relationships with the adults in their lives.

CPS was developed by Think:Kids, an internationally recognized program led by Dr. Stuart Ablon (Mass General Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry). Divinna Schmitt, MEd, received her CPS Certification with Ablon. Since then, she has taught parents and caregivers how to apply this life-changing approach at home.

In this presentation, Divinna will guide parents through the principles and skills-building of CPS, including:
1. Understanding why a child sometimes struggles to meet day-to-day expectations;
2. Identifying triggers to a child’s challenging behaviors as well as identifying skills that a child needs help developing;
3. Addressing conflicts in a way that reduces challenging behaviors, improves relationships, and teaches critical skills;
4. Dealing with problems before a behavior situation becomes escalated; and
5. Building skills such as flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving.

Materials:
CPS Overview (PDF format)
CPS Assessment Planning Tool (PDF format)

More About Divinna Schmitt

Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with
Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Library
and Newtown Sped PTA

SPED*NET does not provide medical or psychological advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. The material in this presentation
is provided for educational purposes only.

Collaborative Problem Solving®
(CPS): How to Recognize and
Solve Problems That Cause
Challenging Behavior

Divinna Schmitt, MEd

Tuesday
April 2, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton

Our kids with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood and mistreated. Rewards and punishments sometimes make things worse. Helping our kids requires understanding why and when they struggle in the first place.

The Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) approach is based on the understanding that kids do well if they can. Unlike traditional models of discipline, CPS avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures. It targets reducing challenging behavior by teaching at-risk kids, from toddlers through young adults, the skills they lack and building relationships with the adults in their lives.

CPS was developed by Think:Kids, an internationally recognized program led by Dr. Stuart Ablon (Mass General Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry). Divinna Schmitt, MEd, received her CPS Certification with Ablon. Since then, she has taught parents and caregivers how to apply this life-changing approach at home.

In this presentation, Divinna will guide parents through the principles and skills-building of CPS, including:
1. Understanding why a child sometimes struggles to meet day-to-day expectations;
2. Identifying triggers to a child’s challenging behaviors as well as identifying skills that a child needs help developing;
3. Addressing conflicts in a way that reduces challenging behaviors, improves relationships, and teaches critical skills;
4. Dealing with problems before a behavior situation becomes escalated; and
5. Building skills such as flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving.

Materials:
CPS Overview (PDF format)
CPS Assessment Planning Tool (PDF format)

More About Divinna Schmitt

Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with
Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Library and Newtown Sped PTA

SPED*NET does not provide medical or
psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
The material in this presentation is provided
for educational purposes only.