Mapping it out with CANS-Y-LAND

Of the TCOM suite of tools, the most widely used tool is the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS). The CANS is a communimetric measurement tool that utilizes direct feedback from the youth, family & other team members to identify the actionable needs & strengths of the youth & family in developing and informing the treatment plan. While the tool is proven to be successful and helpful to many people, we always want to make sure that clinicians, case workers, and children find the CANS to be engaging and accessible. This desire is what led Lisa,… Read More

Just a Parent

By Jennifer Griffis, author of “Parenting with Hope” blog series August 2017  Join us as Jen shares her experience at the 13th annual TCOM Conference in San Antonio, TX this past fall. — As I walked up to the conference registration table, a feeling of inadequacy began tugging at the corners of my mind. “I don’t belong here.”  I thought. “Everyone else has so much more knowledge and experience. I’m just a parent.” This wasn’t an unfamiliar feeling. I’d felt it at most of our intake appointments and treatment planning meetings for… Read More

Rethinking Engagement in a High Staff Turnover Environment

By: Dr. John S Lyons Engagement is the second key decision point in the TCOM conceptual framework.  Historically in most helping professions we have thought of engagement as primarily personal and often between two people.   A therapist engages a client in mental health treatment.    A substance treatment provider engages a person in their recovery process.   A case worker engages a child in child welfare.   While these personal relationships are clearly powerful and important in creating transformational experiences, we also work in environments in which the professionals change frequently.   It is not uncommon… Read More