The Philosophy

Dr. Ablon has spent last 25 years trying to help people change some of the most challenging behavior in the most challenging settings, places like prisons, psychiatric hospitals, treatment facilities, and some of the toughest schools in the toughest neighborhoods in the US.

And here's what he and his colleagues have learned: that we are all able to change ... as long as we recognize that behavior is a matter of skill not will.

When someone is behaving in a challenging way, it’s not because they aren’t trying hard enough to behave better. It’s because they lack the skills to do so - skills like flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem solving. That’s good news because skills can be practiced and built!


the model

Dr. Ablon helps promote this simple but powerful philosophy of skill not will and teaches a proven approach to building skills, called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). CPS provides a psychometrically validated framework for assessing people’s skills, a roadmap for deciding how to handle challenging behavior, and a clear process for solving problems while building skills and relationships. Want to learn more? Listen to Dr. Ablon explain the model in more detail.


the data

CPS is considered an evidence-based practice, with data providing good support for its effectiveness across all kinds of tough settings. So the approach should work in your home, school, office or organization too!