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Lane County Programs

Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Groups

The Child Center is proud to offer training in Collaborative Problem-Solving for parents, caregivers, and professionals! 

Through parent and family education, our CPS groups provide learning and support for parents to decrease behaviors which pose a problem at home and in family relationships, develop positive communication between parent and child, and help parents teach needed life skills to their children in the areas of problem solving, emotional regulation, and frustration tolerance. These skills allow children to better handle the demands and stresses placed on them by school, siblings, peers, and parents. 

Our FREE CPS classes are offered as an eight week course split into two sections. Classes are currently offered via Zoom, so you can participate from anywhere! We hope to hold in-person classes again in the coming months. Our teachers are certified in the model by ThinkKids of Massachusetts General Hospital where CPS was developed. 

Level 1 (First 4 weeks):  This 4 week introduction to CPS covers the basics of Collaborative Problem Solving, an exciting, research based approach to parenting. Participants learn through a lively combination of instruction, discussion, small group activities and supplemental reading. 

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Level 2 (Second 4 weeks):  The next 4 weeks build on the basics and focuses on applying CPS principles to everyday family situations. Participants learn through interaction with the presenters and other group members as they bring real-life situations to the group for review and fine-tuning. 

Build a Better Plan B (Wednesday):  Offered most Wednesday afternoons.

An ongoing, drop-in time from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on Wednesdays. This time is for parents wanting to learn more about Collaborative Problem Solving and applying it to everyday parent-child interactions. Participants should have some experience at using CPS. Parents can attend to begin the process of change at home, as a refresher, to make up a missed class or for a reminder of CPS principles.  

Kids Skills Group:  Offered, when possible and in-person, for kids while their parents learn about CPS in Level 1 or Level 2. 

The Kid’s Group explores CPS by learning about some kids named Raymond, Mike and Michelle who have struggles in their own lives and figure out some creative ways to problem-solve!  The group focuses on expressing what’s bugging them, listening, and brainstorming. Just the sorts of things that will help them through Plan B!

Information about the CPS program and related materials can be found at

Register electronically for the next class: Click here to register!