Youth Haven first in Florida to implement new program | Youth Haven News

Youth Haven is excited to announce the implementation of “Collaborative Problem Solving,” an advanced approach that focuses on relationship-building with children. Youth Haven is the first institution in Florida to take on the CPS model. Director of Think:Kids and Massachusetts General Hospital Associate Professor Dr. J. Stuart Ablon traveled to Youth Haven’s campus to begin first-hand training Youth Haven staff in January.

“Being the first organization in Florida to implement CPS is very exciting. We feel that CPS is a very good fit for our organization and for what we’re hoping to accomplish with our clients,” says Youth Haven’s Clinical Supervisor Libby Badillo.

The CPS philosophy states that if a child “could do well, they would do well.” Dr. Ablon asserts children who exhibit difficult behaviors want to do better, but something is blocking their ability. Youth Haven staff is undergoing rigorous training to learn the methods and techniques to help children overcome these blockages. This includes learning to identify missing skills in some children, such as problem solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.

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