During February 2014, Oregon Outreach staff was fully trained in the use of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). CPS is an approach for responding to challenging behaviors in ways that preserve the integrity of the child while simultaneously building the skills that are lagging that cause the behaviors to be present in the first place.
Relationally based and supported by research, 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, staff are better able intervene to support children through a collaborative process.
The CPS approach is now in place and being used by educational, treatment, and state organizations and agencies throughout Oregon, and our state is considered to be one on the forefront of implementing this effective and research-based model.
Some of the many organizations that currently use CPS are:
- Maple Star Oregon
- Morrison Child and Family
- Oregon Youth Authority – Correctional services division for youth involved in juvenile crime activities
- Kairos – Day treatment, therapeutic foster homes, school-based day treatment, intensive outpatient services, and parent groups
- Newberg Public Schools
- Bend-La Pine School District
- Northwest Regional ESD
- Willamette ESD
- McMinnville School District
- Southern Oregon Adolescent Study and Treatment Center
- Marion County Community Mental Health
- Morrow County Community mental health and behavioral residential treatment provider
- Pioneer Special School, Portland Public School District: day treatment and parent groups
- Legacy Emanuel Hospital: Inpatient Adolescent Treatment Services Acute care treatment, parent groups, in-service education sessions
For a basic overview of the CPS approach: YouTube Video
For more information on some of the use of CPS in Oregon in particular, an overview video is available at: Video by DHS