CPS as a Neurodevelopmentally Sensitive and Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Bruce D. PerryEmail author
  • J. Stuart Ablon
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


This chapter examines the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach from a neurodevelopmental perspective and highlights the neurobiological mechanisms that are hypothesized to mediate and influence the various stages of the Plan B process. This chapter concludes that CPS adheres to the major principles known to be optimal for intentional change in the neural networks that mediate the motor, social, emotional, and cognitive functions in the brain and that CPS should be considered a trauma-sensitive and trauma-focused intervention.


Collaborative Problem Solving Brain Biological Children Neurodevelopmental Trauma-sensitive Trauma-focused Trauma Toxic stress 

Supplementary material

Video 2.1

In this video, noted trauma researcher and clinician, Dr. Bruce D. Perry, discusses with Dr. J. Stuart Ablon the fit between Dr. Perry’s work and the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. He explains how CPS provides the developmentally appropriate doses of challenge necessary to facilitate change (MP4 182456 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesFeinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Think:Kids ProgramMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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