I Can Problem Solve (ICPS)

Formally called Interpersonal Cognitive Problem Solving (also ICPS), is an evidence-based, universal primary prevention program that helps children, as early as age four, learn:

Perspective-taking – awareness and sensitivity to people’s feelings

Alternative solution thinking – ability to generate a variety of solutions
to interpersonal problems

Consequential thinking – ability to recognize the impact of one’s behavior
upon others, in light of what might happen next

In addition, beginning at age eight, ICPS helps children learn more sophisticated thinking skills such as:

Recognizing mixed emotions – ability to feel opposite ways about
the same thing

Understanding motives – recognition of various possible reasons people
act the way they do

Means-end thinking – ability to plan sequenced steps toward a goal,
recognizing obstacles that might interfere with reaching that goal
and that it takes time to reach a goal

By teaching children how to think, not what to think, the program changes thinking styles and, as a result, enhances children’s social adjustment, promotes pro-social behaviors and prevents negative, impulsive and withdrawn behaviors.

Program Targets

ICPS has been successfully implemented with children in preschool through grade six – African-American/Black, American Indian, Asian-American/Pacific-Islander, Hispanic/Latino and White/European American children in the U.S., and children in Brazil, Chile, Greece, India, Israel and Korea.


Congratulations Dr. Myrna B. Shure!

Join us in congratulating ICPS co-founder and social and emotional learning pioneer, Dr. Myrna B. Shure, for winning the Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning Lifetime of Achievement Award!

In loving memory of Dr. Roger P. Weissberg, 1951-2021. Dr. Roger Weissberg played a key role in making SEL what it is today. His work continues to benefit the lives of fellow SEL practitioners, administrators, teachers, parents, and of course, the children.