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CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING (CPS)  Skill development is a critical aspect of building capabilities to drive creativity, innovation, and change.

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Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Courses are taken in the following order:
   Springboard into CPS 
*Springboard is a pre-requisite for all advanced CPS Courses
We may waive the prerequisite for some participants and move them directly into the advanced courses, based on experience and fluency in creative problem solving.
Things to Consider:
The Pre-Conference, "One-Day Jump into CPS," does NOT "replace" Springboard or act as a one-day condensed version of Springboard. It is taught as a refresher or "taste of" Springboard.
To check your CPS skill level, complete the brief self-assessment questionnaire. If you do not grade yourself as a 3 or better for each of the 5 questions, we strongly encourage you to take Springboard.

Springboard to Creative Problem Solving 

Missy Carvin, Greg Sonbuchner, Susan Robertson
Brian Kalina, Amy Climer, Elizabeth Huggins 
Clay Bunyard, Sharon DeKorte, David Lunken 
Pablo Alcazar, Ana Castelan Valles, Ian Rosenfedlt

If you’re new to CPSI, Springboard is your fast track to a deliberate creativity process for solving problems and capitalizing on opportunities. You’ll learn the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Process, the research-based gold standard of creativity methods, and be exposed to the Foursight framework which can help you understand how you and your teammates approach challenges.
Your team of experienced facilitators will use hands-on activities, real-world examples, and a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools to give you the skills you need to advance your personal and professional goals.
In this course, you will:
Recognize and overcome blocks to creativity.
Identify attitudes and behaviors conducive to creative thinking.
Apply core concepts of creative thinking.
Utilize a variety of divergent and convergent thinking tools.
Apply the CPS method to many simulated or real situations.
Consciously be creative when facing problems and opportunities.
CPS Tools & Techniques
Prerequisite: Springboard
Leaders: Dan Bigonesse, Glen Fayolle, Katie Tagye
This is a natural stepping stone if you took Springboard last year. Our program allows beginner to intermediate facilitators to deep-dive into the CPS process, adding more facilitation tools to your repertoire. You will gain a clear understanding of which tools to use at each stage of the CPS process, as well as how to modify them to fit your session objectives or add a bit of creative flair. You will also learn a variety of energizers and fun grouping games to keep your sessions engaging and interactive.In this fast-paced course, you will learn through small- and large-group work, including round robin sharing and show-and-tell exercises.
In this course, you will:
– Explore a variety of divergent and convergent techniques for individual and group problem solving.
Learn how and where to apply different tools within the CPS process.
Practice facilitating tools.
Discover how to create and adapt tools.
Prerequisite: Springboard and Tools & Techniques
Leaders: Thom Gonyeau, Karen Lynch, Susan Newhouse

Facilitation skills are central to the effective use of CPS, whether in formal meetings or informal brainstorming sessions. This course is designed for those who already know the CPS process in theory and are ready to put it into action as a facilitator. This course utilizes peer-group practices to prepare participants for working with actual clients. Characteristics of successful facilitation will be identified and practiced, and participants will develop an awareness of their own strengths and areas of opportunity.

In this course, you will:
– Review and start to internalize the CPS process through the lens of the facilitator.
– Experience CPS from several points of view: as a facilitator, as the problem-owner, and as part of the
   resource group.
– Understand how to facilitate each step of the CPS process.
– Receive general facilitation tips that enhance any meeting.
– Receive individual and group feedback on facilitation skills.
– Explore and develop your facilitation style.

This program is designed to provide you with the modules, framework and practice to allow you to train individuals and groups in Creative Problem Solving. In this highly interactive course you will experience the modules of the CPSI Springboard program, have the opportunity to train back modules and receive feedback and coaching from your peers and experienced facilitators. Come prepared to work hard and have fun. Please note that both pre-work and on-site preparation will be required in order to  “teach back” the course

In this course, you will:
-Explain each step of the CPS process.
-Explain the supporting principles of the CPS process.
-Apply adult learning and thinking styles for effective instruction.
-Demonstrate the skills needed to teach the CPS process, principles and tools, including effective presentation.
-Deliver the core CPSI Springboard program that introduces participants to a layered approach to learning CPS.