Creative Problem Solving

Educators need practical activities to implement SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) and 21CL (21st Century Learning). A creative problem model that can be taught within a single class period called PIP (Problems – Ideas – Plans) is available to develop related skills of emotional health and wellness. To receive the PIP worksheet, presentation, and lesson, please email

iGROW teens teaching PIP

Research indicates that problem solving is an important strategy used in treatment of mental illness and as a coping skill to promote wellness. The PIP is a fun, creative tool for teaching problem solving skills.  It is brief, engaging, and can be used by both children and adults.  The PIP promotes decision making skills of SEL, along with creative (divergent) and critical (convergent) thinking skills of 21st century learning.

Practicing PIP in Nigeria

There is a direct link between the skills taught through the PIP and the emotional health skills needed to promote wellness in children and adolescents.  These include:

  • Importance of developing and examining multiple perspectives
  • Withholding judgment and criticism in evaluating one’s and others’ ideas
  • Promoting cognitive flexibility – generating many ideas and ways of thinking
  • Promoting collaboration
  • Use of creativity as it is defined by the individual

(Reference: Cognitive Therapy and Research 2008 Volume 32, Pages 227-245, Efficacy of a Problem-Solving Therapy for Depression and Suicide Potential in Adolescents and Young Adults.)


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