TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Antonella Di Troia

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My Introduction to TCOM

Rebekka Schaffer, Project Assistant at Chapin Hall I joined the TCOM Team here at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago at the start of July 2018. When I was first introduced to the team, I was worried I wouldn’t even remember what TCOM stood for, let alone understand what they really do. My fears were eased, however, as soon as I began my online training on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Comprehensive tool (CANS-Comprehensive). I am by no means an expert in this, but I was able to quickly… Read More

Registration is Open! #TCOM2018

Registration is Open! Each year we look forward to hosting the Annual TCOM Conference because it gives us the opportunity to bring together leaders and innovators in the fields of behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and more. This year’s conference theme is Evidence and Transformation: Taking Person-Centered Care to Scale. Person centered care is a central tenant of the TCOM philosophy—keeping the child/youth, adult, and family at the CENTER of everything we do. If the person is an equal partner in the use of the TCOM tools and the care… Read More

CANS in NY-Establishing the Institute

CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute: Providing training, coaching, and technical assistance in effective use of the CANS-NY New York State is using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as the primary eligibility tool for Children’s Health Home access and as an outcomes management tool within this system. In order to support effective use of the CANS-NY by care managers and supervisors, the CANS-NY Institute will provide a system of training, coaching, and technical assistance. The Institute is supported by the NYS Department of Health and facilitated by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Executive leadership… Read More

Gender: A salient variable

by: Marrianne McMullen, Director of Communication and Dissemination Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Before last year’s women’s marches across the country, I felt like the country had turned its back on me and my experiences. Then I joined a 250,000-strong march where no back was turned. From the hundreds of blunt and funny signs, to the inspirational speakers and performers, to the presence of thousands of women and men all smiling at each other – everyone was facing toward women’s experiences. In the year since, that collection of individual motivations… Read More

WISe Symposium

In late July Nate and Danijela headed to Yakima, Washington for the Wrap with Intensive Services (WISe) Symposium.  The WISe Symposium:  Networking to Build Strenghts was hosted by the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  It was the state’s first coordinated event that brought together WISe stakeholders from across the state.  Over the past few years, our team has been working to support the use of CANS and TCOM in the statewide implementation of WISe, and had the honor of being invited to present on the CANS in WISe…. Read More

Managing the Business of Helping: Overcoming the Myths of Outcomes Management

*5/3/2017 UPDATE:  Hope you enjoyed the Webinar! Click HERE to view slides used in today’s presentation. by Tristan Keelan, TenEleven Group TenEleven Group is pleased to sponsor a FREE webinar featuring Dr. John S. Lyons titled Managing the Business of Helping: Overcoming the Myths of Outcomes Management.  Dr. Lyons has 35 years of experience in the pursuit, approach and implementation of outcomes management. Over the course of these experiences he has learned that many of the ideas about the nature of behavioral health intervention outcomes, though widely seen as truths, are incorrect. These… Read More

The Growing TCOM Team

Happy Presidents’ Day! In the United States, the third Monday of February is known as Presidents’ Day, which historically honors the first President of the United States, George Washington. Today, Presidents’ Day is commonly viewed as a day to celebrate all presidents – past, present and future.  Today at the Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago we choose to honor our Team members. When we use the term “Team,” we think in broad and inclusive terms, starting with Dr. John S. Lyons, spearheading the Communimetric Theory, to TCOM… Read More

TCOM’s Targeted Tools

The TCOM Team met in Chicago in January to kick off the New Year and review the work being done across the collaborative. As a result of this meeting we’ve produced our very first TCOM newsletter that highlights these efforts! *Keep an eye out for the release of our newsletter next week!* One important discussion at our team meeting was the use of the TCOM Tools and the targeted audience.  While all derived from Communimetrics, there are clear distinctions in the focus of our tools as noted in their titles:  Child and Adolescent… Read More

The Women’s March-January 21, 2017

by Suzanne Button Two women meet at their child’s school. Mothers and daughters become and stay friends, even though one family moves far away– from Alaska to Virginia. This longstanding social connection leads, through a series of other social connections, to 21 women, ranging in age from 9 to 93, spending the weekend marching in Washington, D.C., along with many others who stood up and marched for unity, connection and caring. The march itself sprung up out of a longing for social and interpersonal connection and their potential to ameliorate societal fracturing. … Read More

Integration Training-Mark in Phoenix

Mark was in Phoenix, Arizona, conducting a two day CANS Integration training for supervisors and staff from Casey Family Program’s Tucson and Phoenix field offices.  He was joined by Neil Mallon from the University of Maryland. The training focused on integrating the CANS into Multidisciplinary Team Meetings, Developing Strength Based Action Plans based on the completed CANS assessment, and enhancing supervision around assessment and planning using the CANS.  Staff worked in teams to develop skills around quick and accurate completion of the tool, engagement of the child and family team, developing effective… Read More

Western Michigan Implements the ANSA-John in Muskegon

Dr. John Lyons was in Muskegon, Michigan conducting a training for Lakeshore Regional Entity. They are planning to implement the ANSA across all 5 agencies in western Michigan. Thanks to Paul Duff, we are able to learn more about what is going on in the world of TCOM!   Lakeshore Regional Entity first heard about TCOM and the tools (CANS and ANSA) in the summer of 2015 from the work done in Indiana. At the start of 2016, they were able to refocus their resources on finding ways to revamp their adult care… Read More

3rd Annual International Resilience Summit-John in Chicago

Chicago was recently home to the Third Annual International Resilience Summit, hosted by the National Resilience Institute at the Chicago Cultural Center. This was a two day conference from November 2-3, 2016 where people came to learn from resilience pioneers who are actively working to help students, families, institutions, and communities become stronger, healthier, and happier. #HumanResilienceMovement Dr. John Lyons was invited to speak at the conference. Here are some highlights from his presentation: The system (of behavioral health) has been traditionally designed to focus on the negative. Although people do not practice this way, the behavioral… Read More

CANS/FAST use in Singapore

Thank you to our partners at the Rehabilitation and Protection Group in Singapore for joining our conversation: — In 2010, the Rehabilitation and Protection Group in Singapore was in need of a way to communicate the needs and outcomes for children in care. After reviewing the different frameworks in the literature, we decided that the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) captured what we needed. Having an outcome management framework (TCOM) so elegantly designed to support person-centered planning at all levels of the system through the use of a collaborative focus… Read More

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 of this information is new, but we continually strive to make the work we do, work for you. CORE PRINCIPLES Human serving systems and enterprises have a primary mandate of facilitating and supporting personal change (transformation). Human… Read More

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 across the state. With that in mind consider this: What does transformation look like in adults with persistent struggles? [11/1/2016 Suzie in Maine updates] Training has begun for Maine’s Community Support Services’ ANSA Implementation. 4 days-2 Basic Certification… Read More

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 developed in collaboration with Rebecca Cole and the school psychologists from both SELPA locations under a grant from the California Board of Education. The CANS-EI focuses on 5 core domains to best reflect the strengths and needs of… Read More

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 has shifted items and domains to align with SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression). Items in the Strengths and Cultural Factors Domain, specifically, aim to be inclusive and relevant of all cultural/personal experiences and needs. A… Read More

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 turns out, people’s anxiety about testing is often the biggest barrier.  Several people stayed after the meeting to take the re-certification exam on their laptops; 100% pass rate!) The supervisors in attendance are interested in continuing to… Read More

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 welfare system in WA. The purpose of becoming a trainer/SuperUser is to be able to train their staff and others on all of the TCOM tools. After you have completed your own training, you are now the… Read More

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 focus of this years conference is to learn and discuss current trends in serving children and adolescents. Todays conference will feature their growth over the years and highlight all of the great work and collaboration done. Thank… Read More

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 actionalbe needs and useful strengths. There are 6 essential Domains of the CANS called the CANS CORE. In these domains, there are various items that are completed together. It identifies your current strengths and needs. The scoring system… Read More

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 of states and Canada in applications hospitals, emergency departments, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, and ACT programs. BUT, today Dr. John Lyons is out in San Leandro, California working with ANSA Trainers. We have great partners in Alameda County…. Read More

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 framework.” -April It’s hard to beat the views of fall in the NW! For everyone in the NW, we will be conducting trainings in WA for the next week. Want more information? Email us! Stay tuned for April’s… Read More

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 at Community Friendship Incorporated has shared a snip of their presentation with us!  mh-symposium_ansa-presentation_10-7-16

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 after a long day of training! Glad to have great partners overseas with Guam Public Schools, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, and Guam System of Care!