DIFFERENT LENSES, DIFFERENT PRACTICES, AND DIFFERENT OUTCOMES

Help kids solve the problems that are causing their concerning behavior…without shame, blame, or conflict.

WHERE COMPASSION AND SCIENCE INTERSECT

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the evidence-based model of care that helps caregivers focus on identifying the problems that are causing concerning behaviors in kids and solving those problems collaboratively and proactively. The model is a departure from approaches emphasizing the use of consequences to modify concerning behaviors. In families, general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, the CPS model has a track record of dramatically improving behavior and dramatically reducing or eliminating discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, restraints, and seclusions. The CPS model is non-punitive, non-adversarial, non-exclusionary, and trauma-responsive.

And this website is the hub of free resources on the CPS model.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO GIVE KIDS WHAT THEY NEED

PARENTS &
FAMILIES

PARENTS &
FAMILIES

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EDUCATORS &
SCHOOLS

EDUCATORS &
SCHOOLS

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PEDIATRICIANS
& FAMILY
PHYSICIANS

PEDIATRICIANS
& FAMILY
PHYSICIANS

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CPS MATERIALS

Here are all the resources, instruments, and research related to the CPS model.

Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)

The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) is used to identify lagging skills and unsolved problems, and it’s printable/editable/fillable. You can also find the ALSUP as a Google Doc here.

ALSUP Guide

The ALSUP Guide provides helpful guidelines for completing the ALSUP.

Drilling Cheat Sheet

The Drilling Cheat Sheet provides an overview of the drilling strategies that can be used to gather information in the Empathy step of Plan B.

PLAN B CHEAT SHEET

The Plan B Cheat Sheet provides a graphic overview of the key components you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re doing Plan B.

PROBLEM SOLVING PLAN

The Problem Solving Plan helps you keep track of the high-priority unsolved problems you’re currently working on and the progress you’re making in solving them, and it’s printable/editable/fillable too.

PLAN B TRAINING SKILLS INFOGRAPHIC

Want to know what skills are being built by Plan B? Check out this graphic (with thanks to certified provider Linda Oberg for creating).

FIVE FINGERS METHOD

If you’re trying to solve a problem with a child or adolescent who’s having difficulty providing you with information in the Empathy step, you may find that five fingers can help you get the information you’re seeking (with thanks to certified provider Jodell Allinger for creating). If you’re working with or parenting a child with significant language processing and communication delays, words may not be the ideal method for communicating about unsolved problems and solutions. Fortunately, problems and solutions can be depicted in pictures. You’ll find a sampling here.

CPS-DRIVEN IEP & FBA SAMPLES

You can find a CPS-flavored sample IEP for the US here, and one for Canada here. And here’s a CPS-flavored Functional Behavior Assessment.

CPS MODEL ONE-PAGER

And here’s a one-page description of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach.

RESEARCH

The Collaborative & Proactive Solutions* model is recognized as an empirically-supported, evidence-based treatment by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). The research base supporting the effectiveness of the CPS model continues to grow, and this page is updated continuously. Learn more.

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CPS MATERIALS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Many of these materials have been translated into other languages, and we’re in the midst of updating them so they reflect the most current renditions: