15th annual TCOM Conference

Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative

TCOM is an approach based on storytelling. People seeking help share their experiences (i.e., tell their stories). Sometimes, parts of their stories are retold by multiple professionals based on their skills and focus. In order to effectively help, these stories must be combined into a single story, and then, common themes from these stories are identified to decide how exactly to help. We do not help based on how people are different but on common themes they share.  

The storytelling aspects of helping do not stop at the client level.   Supervisees tell their stories to their supervisor who should help the supervisees integrate their own story with the stories of the people they serve. Program administrators combine the changing stories of clients across their experience in care to help tell the story of the program. And systems can tell their story by combining all the measured stories across programs, agencies, and communities. Within the international TCOM collaborative, we also share our stories so that others might learn from our experiences.

Culture and community are two almost inseparable factors that have a significant impact on both how our stories unfold and how others can understand us. As the only comprehensive management approach that fully integrates culture into its fabric, the TCOM approach calls on us to be increasingly aware of the role of culture and community in how we decide how to help. The TCOM community is in a unique position to help bring people together while still respecting our differences. This is the theme of the 15th annual TCOM Conference-Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative. This conference will take place in Palm Springs, California on October 2-4, 2019.

Strategies associated with TCOM are now used across the world to create a common language in such diverse places as Italy, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Singapore. This year approximately 80% of all children and youth served by the public sector in the United States will participate in a CANS assessment process. Given this widespread use, it is incumbent upon us to understand, to the best of our abilities the impact of cultural and community factors on the applications of our common language and shared approaches.

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4 Comments on “15th annual TCOM Conference

  1. Well said, Dan. Framing the TCOM methodology as “storytelling” is exciting to me, and fits particularly well with the ethnographic data collection using TCOM tools and quantitative analysis my sister, Eve, and I will be presenting this year. But it’s also a very nice way to conceptualize use of the FAST and CANS among my client population in New York. A hearty cheer to whoever wrote this.

  2. I think it’s funny to leave a comment on a post that announces a conference call, but I gotta say that I thought this was a very nicely written and thoughtful exposition on the theme for this year’s conference, and its relevance to not only the work we do (social services), but also the tools we use: TCOM tools. The ability for TCOM tools to help elicit narratives, as well to provide a means to (partially) quantify certain parts of them is very powerful, and what makes them so helpful in the work we do. Attending to the role culture plays in all of this can only help us do better work, no matter what part of the TCOM practice we are on: front lines, researchers, administrators, or consumers.

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