I Can Problem Solve [ICPS]
I Can Problem Solve [ICPS]
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The award-winning, evidence-based violence prevention and intervention program for children . . .
I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a universal school-based program designed to enhance the interpersonal cognitive processes and problem-solving skills of children in preschool through grade 6.
Developed by Dr. Myrna B. Shure for three age groups and supported by 25 years of meticulous research, ICPS is proven to prevent and reduce early high-risk behaviors such as impulsivity and social withdrawal and to promote prosocial behaviors such as concern for others and positive peer relationships.
ICPS for Preschool
- Structured Lessons: A total of 59 lessons, each with an easy-to-follow teacher script, guide children’s learning of essential ICPS vocabulary and concepts and problem-solving skills (alternative solutions, consequences, solution-consequence pairs).
- Interaction in the Classroom: Teachers and students learn a whole new way to communicate, using ICPS dialoging, a special technique of problem-solving talk. The result is an improved classroom climate with less conflict and more cooperation.
- Integration into the Curriculum: Children practice ICPS problem-solving concepts as they work on math, reading, science, social studies, and other academic subjects.
- Parent Pages: Parents learn to use ICPS skills to improve family interaction and generalize children’s learning.
Lessons speak to children on their own level, using games, stories, puppets, illustrations, and role-plays. A key program principle is that the child, not the teacher, must solve the problem at hand. In other words, ICPS teaches children how to think, not what to think.
Praise for ICPS
"These books can become a teacher's best friend in promoting children's critical social-thinking skills and in boosting a peace-making climate in the classroom."
—Dr. Alice Sterling Honig, Professor Emerita of Child Development at Syracuse University
“The lessons are clearly laid out, specifying purpose of activities, recommended materials, and teacher scripts
—Dr. Gloria C. Maccow, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
"I highly recommend this book for any educator who has ever been frustrated by behavior problems in the classroom
—Lou Ann Warren, East Texas School Study Council Newsletter
I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) has been recognized as:
- A SELect Program by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning—highest award)
- A Promising Program, OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)
- A Lela Rowland Prevention Award Winner, Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association)
- An effective research-based discipline and violence prevention program, AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
- An Exemplary Mental Health Program by NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Among the top six violence prevention programs in a five-state area, Department of Health and Human Services, Mid-Atlantic Region
- A character education program of merit, New Jersey Department of Education
- Research with valuable applications that make a difference in people's lives, APA (AmericanPsychological Association) Psychology Matters Initiative
ICPS is also included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a searchable online registry that identifies scientifically based approaches to prevention and treatment of mental illness and/or substance abuse.
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