Changing Student Outcomes with Restorative Practices, Part 2

By: Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW Associate Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago In Part One of this piece, I outlined some of the impacts that the criminalization of students has on youth outcomes—lower high school graduation rates, higher chances of getting arrested, and increased likelihood of entering the adult criminal justice system. Here I’d like to offer restorative justice as a different approach for improving student behavior in school.   Considerations   Research does not indicate that students who experience traditional disciplinary actions such as suspensions or expulsions are less likely to violate school policies in the future, or that the punitive actions create safety… Read More

Changing Student Outcomes with Restorative Practices, Part 1

By: Amber Joiner-Hill, MSSW Associate Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago I started developing a vocabulary around the criminalization of students—particularly those in elementary and middle school—about four years ago when I participated in my city’s “Citizen’s Academy”. The program exposed residents to various government services, functions, and challenges. The intent was to show what it took to keep the city going and hopefully generate a sense of ownership and connectedness to our community. One of our sessions was with a school resource officer from the local police department…. Read More

Sandtrays, Fables, and Expressive Arts: Story-telling Adventures with the CANS

By: Ritchie Rubio, PhD We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Rubio present at the 15th Annual TCOM Conference earlier this month. In his post below he shares more on using the CANS and story-telling to promote client wellness. Listening to, reading, or sharing a good story is something most if not all of us enjoy. One of the check-in activities I love to use when facilitating CANS training workshops is to ask participants to share the kinds of stories they are drawn to. What I notice is an immediate spark of… Read More

What Will it Take to Reverse the Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic?

By: Melinda J. Ickes, PhD Associate Professor, Health Promotion; Faculty Associate, Center for Innovation and Population Health, University of Kentucky When we send young people to school, we think about what they are learning, how they are being prepared for a future career path, if they are building friendships, and hope they engage in positive social emotional learning. However, we are now worried about youth using and becoming dependent on e-cigarettes, which just might derail all of those other efforts. You might be curious to find that many of the products that… Read More

TCOM Conference Recap: Stories Worth Telling

Check out what happened at the 15th Annual TCOM Conference and get access to the presentations!

A Message from Dr. John Lyons

Dr. Lyons announces a big and exciting change for the TCOM Team!

TCOM Conference: Presentation Spotlight

With the 15th Annual TCOM Conference around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peek look at some of this year’s presentations! Casey Family Programs took time to answer some questions about their upcoming presentation, Engaging Staff in Improving and Advancing the CANS in Practice: Integrating TCOM Principles into Casey’s Continuous Quality Improvement. Q: What should individuals look forward to gaining from your presentation? Our workshop is really two workshops packed into one session! At Casey, we are committed to becoming a trauma-and healing informed learning organization. Data-driven decision-making and… Read More

TCOM Conference: Presentation Sneak Peek!

With the 15th Annual TCOM Conference around the corner, we wanted to give you a sneak peek look at some of this year’s presentations! Conference presenters Celeste Seibel and Danielle Phillips took some time to answer some questions about their upcoming presentation, Utilizing CANS Within the Wraparound Process. Q: What should individuals look forward to gaining from your presentation? A: In our presentation we will be talking about how  to integrate the CANS tool into the fidelity-based process of Wraparound. When it comes to fidelity, we must stick to the defined process,… Read More

TCOM Conference: Data Sharing Workshop

The 15th Annual TCOM Conference is around the corner, and we have some exciting news! For the first time ever, our Pre-Conference Day will feature a series of round tables and master lectures covering a wide range of topics. Attendees will be given the chance to have more in-depth discussions with presenters and each other on topics such as data sharing, Families First legislation, and learning collaboratives–just to name a few! In the upcoming weeks we will be highlighting some of these sessions here on the blog. Check out our first featured… Read More

Transformative Culture: The Call for Psychological Safety

By: Tiffany Lindsey, EdD, LPC-MHSP Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Have you ever made a mistake at work—maybe even one that could have affected you, your teammate, or a client’s safety? If you’re a human who helps other humans for a living, the answer is a prevailing yes. None of us do the work perfectly. Mistakes aren’t intentional, but it’s hard to get it right every time. Clinicians and human service professionals, in general, are tasked with making high-consequence choices at alarmingly fast rates. So I have another question: Did… Read More

Registration is Open! #TCOM2019

We are so excited to announce registration for our 15th Annual TCOM Conference in Palm Springs is now open! Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative Every year the TCOM Conference provides an opportunity to collaborate with and learn from leaders and innovators in behavioral health, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, and more. While we all have a shared passion for serving youth and families, we each bring a unique perspective to the table. This year’s theme, “Culture and Community: Sharing Stories from the Collaborative” reminds us that it is incumbent… Read More

TCOM and Systems Safety: My Journey

By: Tiffany Lindsey, Policy Analyst Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago My journey towards Safety Culture began in a group home. I was 24-years-old and had just started a new job as program manager—my first supervisory role. I was the only clinician on-site. All but one of my staff were older than I was, and the group home appeared on the verge of closure. Per state auditors, no new admissions were allowed in the facility until we had things “cleaned up.” From what I could tell, it was going to be… Read More

TA Network Webinar: Effectively Integrating the CANS into the Wraparound Process

Date/Time: April 30, 2019, 11am – 12:30pm PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET The Wraparound process is the most common care coordination model for youth with complex needs and their families. Meanwhile, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is now the most widely used assessment tool in public child-serving systems. While some states, systems, and organizations have determined how the Wraparound and CANS philosophies can co-exist and enhance each other, others have struggled, undermining the potential for positive impact of both efforts. This webinar is based on shared work of… Read More

A community gathers to learn how to prevent the trauma of high homicide rates

By: Marrianne McMullen, Director of Communication and Dissemination Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago Audrey Wright, a senior at North Lawndale College Prep High School in Chicago, described the unthinkable to an auditorium packed with 1,500 people. She lost her mother and brother to gun violence within three days. The following year, she lost her father. “I was introduced to Peace Warriors at my school, and I now serve as its president,” she told those gathered to learn more about combating gun violence. The Peace Warriors support other students affected by… Read More

How to do a Quality Assessment, TCOM Style

Presented and written by Lynda Killoran (Centerstone), Lynn Steiner (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago), and Deborah Thomas (Centerstone) In our work as trainer, supervisor or clinician, we often hear a variation on THIS theme from assessors who were recently trained on a version of the CANS: “It’s SOOOO long and there are too many questions for me to ask. I have no idea how to use this during the assessment process (or, I already know how to do an assessment, so I don’t need anyone to tell me how to… Read More

Wrapping up the 14th Annual TCOM Conference-Evidence and Transformation: Taking Person-Centered Care to Scale

Here’s What Happened About 300 people gathered at the Drake Hotel in Chicago last week to attend the 14th annual Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management conference. Person-centered care was the theme of this our conference this year, and we were excited to collaborate with domestic and international participants. Workshops focused on how to make best use of TCOM tools in practice, implementations, and supervision. Participants learned how to make meaningful use of CANS data, including using it for effective planning and for measuring well-being. This year also featured a learning track on safety… Read More

TCOM Tools (CANS/ANSA) Certified Trainer

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a tool that is collaboratively completed to measure a child and family’s strengths and needs. Along with the other TCOM Tools (ANSA, FAST, SSIT, and more), they are evidence-based assessments to support decision-making, including level of care and intervention planning, facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and allows for the monitoring of clinical and functional outcomes. As a communication tool, they facilitate the linkage between the assessment process and design of individualized service plans.

Building a System of Addiction Treatment, One Addiction at a Time

By: Robert Shearer, MD Doctor, Middle Tennessee Addiction Center Incorporating TCOM into Addiction Treatment I discovered the work of Dr Lyons somewhat by accident when I began working with a case management group that belongs to the Tennessee HealthLink program. This program utilizes the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment. To best communicate with the case workers, I thought I should get certified in ANSA. I used the training videos of the TCOM team and instantly found the utility of the core concepts of Communimetrics and TCOM. These concepts have opened the door… Read More

The Value of Vignettes

Mention a case vignette to anyone who has gone through the certification process for the CANS, ANSA, CAT/CSPI or FAST and you will likely hear groans, and see eye rolls. Very few people are big fans of testing and vignettes are never as clear or easy as a trainee wishes. So, if test vignettes bring up such emotions, why do we still use them for testing?

Submit NOW to Present at TCOM2018

Planning for the 14th Annual TCOM Conference is underway! Hosted by The Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, we invite you to share your work this October in Chicago, IL.

Safe Systems Improvement Tool

Safe Systems Improvement Tool Tennessee’s Communimetric Assessment for Understanding Critical Incidents The 1st annual Safety Culture Summit gave attendees and their larger audience a glimpse of the work being done around safety culture. Along with the tools shared during the poster session at the summit, Michael Cull, Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Tiffany Goodpasture, Director of Organizational Culture and Workforce Safety at TN Department of Children’s Services, had the opportunity to locally share the Safe Systems Improvement Tool (SSIT). 

Using the TCOM Tools in Practice

Using TCOM in your own practice. Post 2 by @mcgill_ken

TCOM Conference Day 1-The First Workshop!

The first day of the conference is exactly one week from today! Here is everything you need to know when you get there: Registration begins at 10am at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, do so ASAP so we can get you signed up for each topical info session. Somce of the sessions require advance sign-ups (which can be completed from your initial registration). Forgot to register in advance for some workshops?  Contact Adriel Jones at  events@adrieljonesllc.com for any questions about the conference, how… Read More

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 of Independence reads in part “all men are created equal…” which is a formal statement of the equality doctrine (provided we take “men” as meaning humans and ignore the original exclusion of all other groups). An alternative… 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

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 recent exam has been reviewed and I noticed you are struggling in the _____ Domain.” Well, the CANS is a multiple choice test, assessment, TOOL to help identify a child and family’s strengths and needs across all the… Read More

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: We are the Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.   Founded in 1998, the Praed Foundation’s mission is to support effective human serving systems through the use of collaborative outcomes management approaches.  Founded in… Read More

Communimetrics

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