Collaborative Problem Solving

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) has also been shown to be effective for children with ADHD and ODD. (Green et al., 2004)

CPS is a cognitive-behavioral model of intervention. The CPS model proposes that challenging behavior should be understood and handled in the same manner as other recognized learning disabilities.

In other words, difficult children and adolescents lack some crucial cognitive skills essential to handling frustration and mastering situations requiring flexibility and adaptability. The goal of intervention is to teach these skills.

In the CPS model, this is accomplished by helping adults and challenging children work toward mutually satisfactory solutions to the problems underlying behavioral difficulties.

In my opinion, the The Total Transformation Program incorporates both aspects of these psychosocial treatments and does it in a way that educates and supports parents as they learn to understand and deal with their child’s behaviors. The materials are also reinforcing and available for parents to review as necessary, as opposed to a session that may provide few written materials and concrete examples for the parent.

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