Wraparound and CANS Strengths: How to Rate CANS Strengths Effectively and Authentically with Youth and Families
By: Stephanie East, MS, MSW/CSWA, En Route, LLC One of the unique aspects of the CANS assessment is the ability to focus on the whole picture: one that highlights both current strengths and needs as a decision support tool within the Wraparound planning process. A strengths perspective highlights the skills and abilities, attributes and features, attitudes and values, culture, and preferences of youth and families and encourages us to utilize those strengths in planning. How those strengths are categorized and rated is important; if we do not as practitioners fully understand that… Read More
RISEmploy Each TCOM tool is a combination of items inside of a domain meant to reflect the emerging needs and strengths of its population of use. It is adaptable. One of these adaptations is the “Readiness Inventory for Successful Employment (RISEmploy), also known as the Strengths at Work (SAW), can be implemented as its own tool or included as a module in the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). This tool focuses on skills and strengths that can ensure success in obtaining and maintaining a job.
The day before Thanksgiving, I was in an elevator with a man, who said, “I love Thanksgiving. It’s the only holiday of the year that no one feels discriminated against or lonely.” As we continued to talk, he told me that he was Jewish, and that he frequently felt lonely and stressed during the Christmas holidays. That same day, The New York Times ran an article featuring the powerful perspectives of four Native American writers on the holiday. As Sherman Alexie, one of the writers, said in that article, for many Native… Read More
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that effectively put civil rights on the top of the agenda and preceded the passage of the Civil Rights act of 1964. It is on this day that we take a moment as an entire nation to reflect upon the work of Dr. King, and so many others who worked tirelessly to ensure values of equality and tolerance. This is a holiday that celebrates Dr. King’s DREAM of a world that can triumph over race, religion, status,… Read More