The 15th Annual TCOM Conference is around the corner, and we have some exciting news! For the first time ever, our Pre-Conference Day will feature a series of round tables and master lectures covering a wide range of topics. Attendees will be given the chance to have more in-depth discussions with presenters and each other on topics such as data sharing, Families First legislation, and learning collaboratives–just to name a few! In the upcoming weeks we will be highlighting some of these sessions here on the blog. Check out a few of our featured round tables below!

Family First and TCOM Workshop

Facilitators: Mark Lardner and Miranda Lynch

In this workshop, attendees will hear a structured presentation that outlines the provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and provides an overview of program and jurisdiction specific opportunities for alignment within a TCOM framework.  The interactive workshop will create conversation around the key opportunities for system transformation at the program and jurisdictional level. 

Using small group activities, participants will be invited to share examples of strategies, barriers and lessons learned from their program or jurisdictions. Additionally, each participant can strategize on how they can contribute to Family First planning or implementation from a provider, field staff, management or leadership perspective. Pre-registration is ideal so that workshop activities can be tailored to best meet the participant’s needs and interests in improving their ability to leverage Family First in support of furthering a transformational approach to their work with children and families.

New Immigrant TCOM Tool Development

Facilitators: Stephanie Gilchrist and John Lyons

In Canada and the United States there is an increasing number of immigrants and newcomers. Social service agencies support these individuals with the settlement and integration into their new communities. In order to effectively do this, a plan is developed to outline their strengths and needs. The CANS assessment is used among many agencies to identify client strengths and needs. There is a necessity to develop a version of the CANS that is sensitive to the unique needs of newcomers.

We will provide a brief presentation outlining the requirement for the development of this CANS. Following the presentation, we will facilitate a workshop of experts and professionals in this area to identify appropriate CANS items and begin building a CANS that can be used with newcomer clients.

We hope to see you in Palm Springs! If you have any questions, please reach out to

Check out our conference page for registration info, sponsorship opportunities, and the draft agenda!

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