Speaker Spotlight: Alessandro Chinello & Francoise Peronace

TCOM and the CANS not only is used all over the United States, but there are many countries that have worked with Dr. John Lyons in adapting the TCOM tools to meet their needs. This year at the TCOM Conference, we have the unique opportunity to hear from our colleagues in Italy on how the … Continue reading Speaker Spotlight: Alessandro Chinello & Francoise Peronace

Equality vs. Equity

By: Dr. John S. Lyons   There are two basic doctrines that have been used to define fairness—equality and equity.   Equality approaches attempt to achieve fairness by treating everyone exactly the same.   In equality doctrine fairness is defined as giving everyone identical opportunities.   Equality doctrine underlies the core constructs of a democratic society.   The Declaration … Continue reading Equality vs. Equity

Speaker Spotlight: Betty Walton & Wendy Harrold

  This year, we have a record number of presenters at this conference. This opens up the door for a wide array of topics. We are lucky to have such great partners with a wealth of experience to share. The following two speakers will lead a breakout session entitled "Possible Roles of TCOM in Helping … Continue reading Speaker Spotlight: Betty Walton & Wendy Harrold

The TCOM Team in Chicago

The entire TCOM Team is together in Chicago at Chapin Hall for our monthly TCOM Team meeting. Important items on our agenda today include the TCOM Conference, TCOM Implementations in various states, and how to share our principles and goals in a more clear way. Below you will see our CORE PRINCIPLES and GUIDING VALUES. None … Continue reading The TCOM Team in Chicago

ANSA and Community Integration Services-Suzie in Maine! (updated)

Dr. Suzanne Button has made it to Maine! [11/3/2016 Day 2 of Suzie in Maine] More than 120 case managers and supervisors are practicing at the second day of ANSA General Training. There is a lot of great discussion about trauma informed language and TCOM this week! Maine has a passionate group of case managers … Continue reading ANSA and Community Integration Services-Suzie in Maine! (updated)

CANS in Schools-John in California

John continues his trip on the west coast with two stops in California. This past Friday, John was at the West San Gabriel SELPA in Alhambra and today he is at the Southwest SELPA in Rondo Beach, California. He is training on the new version of the CANS specifically designed for use in schools! This version was … Continue reading CANS in Schools-John in California

Cultural Responsibility-April in Kent, WA

April rounds off her Washington whirlwind adventure with one last stop in Kent, WA (just an hour or so away from Seattle). Here she is working with a supervisor group focusing on how to provide culturally responsive care and work from a culturally humble approach. In our combined efforts to do so, the CANS Core … Continue reading Cultural Responsibility-April in Kent, WA

Speaker Spotlight: Elizabeth Manley and David Channer

The TCOM conference seems like it is just around the corner (November 16-18)! The conference is 3 days, and all participants have the option to attend all 3 days or register for just one day. We encourage attendance at all 3 days of the conference, but if you can only go for 1, then take a look … Continue reading Speaker Spotlight: Elizabeth Manley and David Channer

A CANS-F Refresher: Mark in Towson, MD

Mark was in Towson, MD today as part of the implementation of Maryland’s family version of the CANS, the CANS-F.   Frontline staff and supervisors from the county child welfare agency met to discuss their existing implementation, review their CANS-F data from the past quarter, and work on strategies to simplify the re-certification process.  (As it … Continue reading A CANS-F Refresher: Mark in Towson, MD

Speaker Spotlight: Kenneth McGill and Dan Warner

With the 2016 TCOM Conference a month away we want to highlight some of our fantastic speakers and presenters to give you a glimpse of what to expect for the conference. Each presenter at the conference has been an integral part in successful implementations of the TCOM framework and a trusted partner in practice.   Kenneth … Continue reading Speaker Spotlight: Kenneth McGill and Dan Warner

What to Expect from TCOM2016

ATTN: T-30 days until the 2016 TCOM Conference! For those of you who have yet to register for the TCOM Conference, Register here. The TCOM Conference is a 3 day conference full of great speakers and a variety of sessions presented by members of the TCOM Team and our partners around the world. Not sure … Continue reading What to Expect from TCOM2016

Supervisor Training-April in Arlington, WA

From Yakima to Spokane to Arlington,  April continues her Washington adventure with another stop in Arlington, WA. April is conducting treatment planning and supervisor trainings to another great group at the WA State Department of Social and Health Services. The team here is using the CANS to support families and children involved in the child … Continue reading Supervisor Training-April in Arlington, WA

Conference Sponsors 2016

We have a great team here at the Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall, but we can't forget our fantastic partners and sponsors! Thank you for all of the great work you do and your on-going support of the TCOM practice. TCOM 2016 Conference Partner: TCOM 2016 Conference Sponsors:   Want to get involved in the … Continue reading Conference Sponsors 2016

The Impact of Identity: The New Jersey Story

Today the New Jersey Department of Children and Families are hosting their annual conference. This conference includes opening remarks from Allison Blake, Commissioner of NJ Department of Children & Families, Elizabeth Manley, NJ DCF Assistnat Commissioner Children's System of Care, Andrew Solomon,  author and professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and many more workshop presenters. The … Continue reading The Impact of Identity: The New Jersey Story

Rethinking the Concept of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice

The current popular trend in juvenile justice is to assess risk.   Developing predictive analytics about which young people are likely to repeat criminal or delinquent behavior is important when thinking in this context. MAIN IDEA: If we can prevent who is at risk of being or staying delinquent, than we can more effectively work to … Continue reading Rethinking the Concept of Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice

Using the Data

Complete a test, Do your research, Collect the data... There is no doubt that we live in a world with a wealth of information about the people, place, and entire environment around us. Aside from the thrilling celebrity gossip and election 2016 madness, what are we doing with all of this information? With great RESEARCH … Continue reading Using the Data

CANS Training Days-April in Spokane

From Yakima, April headed straight for Spokane. Washington State is ok, not bad, pretty, GORGEOUS in the fall! Now we know where April is, but why is she there??? One of more widely known tools of TCOM is the CANS. The Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs. It (like the other tools) focuses on identifying … Continue reading CANS Training Days-April in Spokane

ANSA Implementation in Alameda County-John in San Leandro

ANSA - Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment The ANSA is another TCOM Tool that was developed for adult's behavioral health services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The ANSA is currently used in a number … Continue reading ANSA Implementation in Alameda County-John in San Leandro

Collaborative Treatment Planning and Supervision-April in Yakima, WA

"Greetings from Yakima, WA where I am in the midst of doing a 1.5 day CANS Collaborative Treatment Planning and Supervision training with the team from the Children's Administration at the DSHS Regional Office. Discussions on cultural humility and culturally responsive care have been lively, and folks are engaged in learning the TCOM treatment planning … Continue reading Collaborative Treatment Planning and Supervision-April in Yakima, WA

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian Colleagues-John in Ottawa

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! There are CANS implementations in most provinces in Canada with a province-wide implementation in the autism sector in Ontario. First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities have created a cultural reflections application of the CANS. Thank you for all your hard work and Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! -John Lyons

Using the ANSA in a Recovery Model-John in Georgia

Holding onto the remnants of summer 2016, John is in the historical town of Buford, Georgia, attending the Behavioral Health Symposium hosted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This is a two day conference aimed at informing professionals of best practices in delivering services and supports. Missed the conference??? The team … Continue reading Using the ANSA in a Recovery Model-John in Georgia

12th Annual TCOM Conference

The 12th Annual TCOM Conference is coming up soon Register now  and join the TCOM Team at Princeton, New Jersey! For questions in registering for the event, contact: Adriel Jones, MA, CMP Event Planner 530-237-4350 (voicemail) events@adrieljonesllc.com View/Download our Conference Agenda: tcom_2016-agenda

Defining a NEED and a STRENGTH

Anyone who is certified in the CANS, ANSA, FAST, or any of the Communimetric tools has taken the time to become certified. Those of you who certify online at TCOMTraining.com have probably received an email from one of us stating something along the lines of... "Unfortunately you have not yet received sufficient reliability. Your most … Continue reading Defining a NEED and a STRENGTH


***11/18/2016 UPDATE*** Currently at Closing Plenary in Princeton, NJ for the 2016 TCOM Conference. Below you will see our updated CANS Core Items available. If you have any additional questions on how to implement the CORE items to your own agency/jurisdiction/state, contact April Fernando at afernando@chapinhall.org cans-6-17-core-50-2016 Every agency, jurisdiction, and, most importantly, child, is … Continue reading CANS Core

Working with the Chamarro Culture-John in Guam

Last week Dr. John Lyons headed to Guam to meet with folks to discuss the reliability and validity of the CANS and ANSA.  It's not just about having the tools, it's about how we use the framework of TCOM to implement and support all the work done with children and families. Here's the whole crew … Continue reading Working with the Chamarro Culture-John in Guam

Welcome to TCOM Conversations

Welcome to the TCOM Conversations blog.  The purpose of this blog is to create an open forum for us all to share our experiences with the TCOM approach and…converse! With this, we can share in our goals and provide guidance to others J So, lets start with a simple WHO, WHAT, WHY, AND HOW WHO: … Continue reading Welcome to TCOM Conversations