Think:Kids Presents From Conflict to Collaboration

Nashoba Brooks School hosted Dr. Stuart Ablon and Ben Stich from Think:Kids, a program based in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), for a professional development session with employees followed by an evening presentation for parents and the broader community.
Participants in both sessions explored the power and potential of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model, designed to help address challenging (and common) child and adolescent behaviors in a way that empowers individuals, builds important interpersonal skills, and enhances healthy relationships. 

The CPS Institute was established in 2002 by Dr. Ross Greene and Dr. Stuart Ablon to disseminate the CPS approach to understanding and helping challenging children and adolescents, outlined in Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach co-authored by Dr. Greene and Dr. Ablon. 

Building from the founding principle that “if they can, they will,” collaborative problem solving focuses on the idea that kids “lack skill, not will.” As a result, attempts to address motivation through traditional external rewards and punishments have limited success because they fail to help children build the essential skills that they need to feel confident and engage constructively. Collaborative Problem Solving is designed to help identify lagging skills–the most common being flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving–and begin to teach them in increments kids can manage. As a result, children build essential, transferable skills that will bolster their ability to solve problems, learn, and engage productively in a variety of educational, personal, and professional settings they will encounter throughout their lives. 

To learn more about the CPS approach and Think:Kids, visit

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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.