Learning Opportunity

Collaborative Problem Solving® Tier 1 Training: Essential Foundation

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Matt Sticksl

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1May 01, 2023 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
Day 2May 02, 2023 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
Day 3May 03, 2023 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MDT)
$450.00 (Entire series)
Location: Ponoka (CARC)
4900 54 St. Ponoka AB T4J 1N8
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Session Code: 23-IE-190-CARC
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

All teachers, educational assistants, administrators, guidance counsellors, and partners are encouraged to attend.

About this Learning Opportunity

Collaborative Problem Solving®(CPS), developed by Think:Kids of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, starts with the philosophy that all kids want to do well and will do well if they can.  This evidence-based approach to managing challenging behaviour promotes the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill –not the will– to behave; specifically, skills related to problem-solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.

Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures, and instead focuses on collaborating with the child/youth/young adult to solve the problems leading to challenging behaviour and building the skills they need to succeed.  Additional information and resources can be found at: www.thinkkids.org

Tier 1 Training is designed for educators, clinicians, and other professionals who want to apply the CPS approach with the kids in their lives. Participants will learn all three components of the approach – assessment, planning, and intervention. Attendees are also exposed to the neurobiology behind CPS and how CPS operationalizes the latest research on trauma-informed care.

Tier 1 incorporates lectures, case studies, interactive role-play, video examples, and breakout groups. The training also provides practical guideposts and materials to help participants use the model in their daily lives.

Adapted from www.thinkkids.org

When registering, you are signing up for all three days. Attendance is required for each day as the learning builds upon the previous session's content. 

Participants with full attendance will receive a certificate of completion for 16 hours of training.


This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Matt Sticksl

Matt Sticksl is a Think:Kids CPS Certified Trainer in the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach and receives ongoing supervision from Think:Kids. He is also a teacher and parent living in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7). Matt is currently teaching in a Student Services role in a K-9 school. Prior to this, he taught for eight years in adolescent mental health and addiction treatment programs in Calgary.

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