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Collaborative Problem Solving Training: Tier 1 - An Innovative Approach for Teaching, Treating and Parenting Children with Challenging Behavior
Newberg School District - Chehalem Valley Middle School
Newberg, OR
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Collaborative Problem Solving Training: Tier 1 - An Innovative Approach for Teaching, Treating and Parenting Children with Challenging Behavior
January 10 - 12, 2018

Wednesday  -  8:30a - 4:30p
Thursday  -  8:30a - 4:30p
Friday  -  8:30a - 3:30p

LOCATION: Chehalem Valley Middle School (403 W Foothills Dr., Newberg, OR 97132)

- Graduate credit available through Portland State University - 1 credit for $60 plus $10 processing fee
- Certificates will be given for 16 PDU's to all attendees from Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard, signed by Dr. Stuart Ablon, Director of Think:Kids and both certified trainers
- NASW CEU's have been approved through NASW-CA, and 16 CEU's will be awarded (Registration is discounted for NASW members. Contact Doris for password to this discounted registration option)

BREAKS: Mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, as well as lunch break, will be scheduled.
Snacks and coffee will be provided. Lunch one hour, and is on your own with a variety of options in the area including those that meet varying dietary needs.


This 2-1/2 day intensive Collaborative Problem Solving training is intended for educators, parents, mental health clinicians, and community partners.  Participants should have some introductory exposure to the model, and have interest in becoming more proficient in this innovative approach.  Relationally based,  CPS views challenging behavior as a learning disability of some very crucial cognitive(thinking) skills necessary to handle the demands of everyday life and not the result of a child's willfulness or poor parenting.  

Through a more empathetic and accurate understanding of what is getting in a child's way, we (parents, educators, clinicians) are better able to intervene to support children through a collaborative process of teaching skills and solving problems.  In this training, participants with some previous exposure to this approach will advance their skills in applying the model through a combination of didactic instruction, role-plays, video and audio examples, case presentations, and breakout groups with topics of specific interest to clinicians and educators.

This is an opportunity to not only learn about this model, but to network with others who desire to promote a compassionate and neurodevelopmentally supportive approach, and to receive individual attention and feedback during breakout sessions from Think:Kids Certified CPS Trainers.  For more information about the Collaborative Problem Solving model visit:  or


Rick Bowman, M.A., Clinical Psychology is a Certified CPS Trainer, and holds an Oregon K-12 Administrative license. His training and consultation background has included mental health and human service agencies, non-profits, and corporations, as well as speaking/consulting internationally in Russia, Cuba, and Jamaica. Rick has been employed as a Clinical Psychologist, Community College Professor, Assistant Principal, Alternative School Director, Student Services Director, and non-profit Assistant Executive Director. His recent implementations of CPS have been:
-- With children in a non-profit alternative middle school and high school setting in the David Douglas School District in Southeast Portland where students face significant barriers to their social, emotional and educational progress such as homelessness, severe poverty, drug & gang involvement, and disengagement from school.
-- With teens in a Long Term Care and Treatment school for students in Level 5 residential foster care who have experienced significant trauma.


Doris Bowman, M.S.Ed., Elementary Education/Special Education is a certified special educator, a Think:Kids Certified CPS Trainer, a Parent Coaching Institute Certified Parent Coach, and holds an Oregon PreK-12 administrative license.  She has also recently co-authored Going to Bed is Easy Now and Going to School is Easy Now, the first two in a series of children's books designed to support young children with challenging behavior.  She has a broad background in special education with over 18 years' experience working with and supporting children with challenging behaviors as well as their families.  Doris has been using CPS in her work since 2007, and has been a certified CPS trainer and professional since January 2015.


- Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours in advance (midnight Jan. 6) for full refund.
- Substitution may be made for someone from the same agency to take the place of another on a registration.


Newberg School District - Chehalem Valley Middle School (View)
403 W. Foothills Dr.
Newberg, OR 97132
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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