Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)

Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as listed below:

A CPS Organizational Readiness Assessment measure has been developed that is available for systems interested in implementing the model. It can be obtained by contacting the Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Alisha Pollastri, at apollastri@mgh.harvard.edu.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as listed below:

Think:Kids provides implementation support in the form of ongoing coaching and fidelity and outcome monitoring. There is a Director of Implementation who oversees these activities.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as listed below:

Site-wide Fidelity Self Study, Updated 01/2014: A guide for systems to assess the degree to which they are have put the structures in place to implement CPS with fidelity. Available to be downloaded free online at: http://www.thinkkids.org/train/materials/

CPS Treatment Integrity Manual, Rating Form, and Rating Form-Short: Fidelity tools to help measure the degree to which CPS is being practiced with fidelity in a specific encounter. Can be obtained by contacting the Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Alisha Pollastri, at apollastri@mgh.harvard.edu.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as listed below:

Treatment Manual: Greene, R. W., & Ablon, J. S. (2005). Treating explosive kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving approach. New York: Guilford Press.

Clinician Session Guide: Guides the clinician in all aspects of the treatment, from initial assessment to ongoing work. Can be downloaded free online at: http://www.thinkkids.org/train/materials/

CPS Coaching Guide: A guide specifically geared towards trainer individuals who are helping caregivers to implement the model over time. Available to certified trainers.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as listed below:

Ercole‐Fricke, E., Fritz, P., Hill, L. E., & Snelders, J. (2016). Effects of a Collaborative Problem‐Solving approach on an Inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 29(3), 127–134. doi:10.1111/jcap.12149

Pollastri, A. R., Boldt, S., Lieberman, R., & Ablon, J. S. (2016). Minimizing seclusion and restraint in youth residential and day treatment through site-wide implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 33(3-4), 186-205.