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

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

15th Annual TCOM Conference Roundtables

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 a few of… 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

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

The Joy of Saying Goodbye

This is a farewell blog post about our teammate and friend who is leaving Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for an exciting new opportunity. Katherine “Katie” Sun joined the TCOM Team in the summer of 2016. Since then, she launched communications platforms, including this blog, to expand the work and voices of the entire TCOM Collaborative. Katie has been a key member of the TCOM team for almost three years. With her big heart and good humor she has been the social glue of both the team at Chapin Hall… Read More

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… Read More

Reflections from the conference-TCOM2018

2018 was a big year for the TCOM Collaborative. Based on your conference feedback from years before, we work tirelessly to make sure YOU get the most out of the event. From planning, to producing, to posting materials after the conference ends, we depend on your voice.

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 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Betty Walton, Gina Doyle & Wendy Harrold

Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Betty Walton, Gina Doyle, and Wendy Harrold

TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Antonella Di Troia

Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Antonella Di Troia

TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight-Kyla Clark & Tanya Albornoz

Meet some of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Kyla Clark & Tanya Albornoz

TCOM 2018 Speaker Spotlight- Vida K. Khavar

Meet one of your #TCOM2018 Presenters! Featured in this post: Vida Khavar Vida Khavar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has 25 years’ experience in child welfare. Vida began her career as a clinician in various agencies throughout Los Angeles. She developed expertise in all areas of child welfare while striving to bring Permanency to center stage. Vida became a consultant in 2012 and since then, has assisted a multitude of organizations in developing new or enhancing existing child welfare programs. One of Vida’s priority is to transform the platform on which… Read More

Conference Collaboration

by: Evelyn Kintner and Max Kintner, Northern Rivers The October 2017 TCOM Conference provided an incredible opportunity for Max and I to present with Stephen Shimshock and Yvonne Humenay Roberts from Casey Family Programs. Although first intimidated by our illustrious co-presenters, it took all of 20 minutes over lunch before Max and I quickly formed a bond with Stephen and Yvonne.   Combining our presentations was an easy affair since we shared a common focus on the two individuals in the therapeutic exchange arena: the practitioner who oversees care provision and serves as… Read More

Wrapping up #TCOM2017

November 2017 Update: Presentations from the conference are now available here!   Thank you to those who attended the 13th annual TCOM Conference. It was another great year and YOU are the biggest part of what made this conference a success! Make sure to fill out your post conference surveys. Your feedback will be used to help plan next year’s conference! General Conference Survey: https://redcap.uchicago.edu/surveys/?s=T4KPN3TKCL Individual Session Surveys (repeat to reflect all sessions): https://redcap.uchicago.edu/surveys/?s=WAJRWJNXTM  All conferences have key note speakers, a variety of presentations, and even good food J, but what makes the… Read More

Lean Management and TCOM

We shared a video recently on our Facebook and Twitter from the New York Times called “We Trust You” from the series, The Art of Better. This video, created by Charles Duhigg, examines issues of innovation, motivation, and productivity through the lens of the automobile industry in the U.S. The parallels between how one factory was transformed by stakeholder empowerment and innovation and the potential for TCOM to transform systems of care and build trust among system stakeholders, were striking to our team. General Motors opened their Fremont factory doors in 1980…. Read More

Wrapping Up: 2016 TCOM Conference

This year’s TCOM Conference was a success! We had a record number of presentations,  36 States in the USA, and 4 different countries represented. Every presentation was well attended and we are happy to say that there was something for everyone at every session 🙂 Some of those topics included the CANS, FAST, ANSA, CAT, Communimetrics, Data Use, Wrap Around, Learning Collaboratives, Certification, and more! To pedal backwards a bit, this conference used to be called the CANS Conference. The shift of CANS to TCOM is an important distinction to make as the number… Read More

Speaker Spotlight-Nathaniel Israel and Mark Lardner

Nathaniel Israel, PhD and MA in Clinical/Community Psychology Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall Nathaniel Israel is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Based in San Francisco, Dr. Israel facilitates the further uptake and full implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) on the West coast. He is currently working with Washington State on their implementations both in mental health and child welfare. Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Dr. Israel was the Director of the Evidence-based Training Academy for San Francisco County’s Department… Read More

Speaker Spotlight-Nicholas Mader, Jennifer O’Brien, Richard Epstein

Nicholas Mader, PhD Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall Nicholas Mader is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on improving outcomes for at-risk youth by guiding policy development and evaluating youth service programs in partnership with city agencies and non-profit providers. His methodological interests are in using rigorous quantitative methods applied to administrative data sets—the same data used by policy makers—that are augmented with data from other agencies, and data actively collected for applied questions. At Chapin Hall, this work focuses on merging student educational performance… Read More

Speaker Spotlight-April Fernando & Suzanne Button

  By now you should all know what TCOM is. If not, Check out one of the many posts under the category, What is TCOM! With the first day of the conference less than a week away, let’s introduce you to the TCOM team lead here at Chapin Hall and Policy Fellow based out of New York. They will even be conducting a workshop together at the Conference! You don’t want to miss them April Fernando, MA and PhD Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall Child & Adolescent Psychologist April D. Fernando is… Read More

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

Speaker Spotlight: Alessandro Chinello & Francoise Peronace

TCOM and the CANS not only is used all over the United States, but there are many countries that have worked with Dr. John Lyons in adapting the TCOM tools to meet their needs. This year at the TCOM Conference, we have the unique opportunity to hear from our colleagues in Italy on how the CANS and CAT have been adapted for their use. Here are a couple of names to know: Dr. Alessandro Chinello, PhD Research Project Manager, Psychologist in Cognitive Neuroscience CANS Project Coordinator at (IRCCS) Ca’ Granda Foundation Maggiore… Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Betty Walton & Wendy Harrold

  This year, we have a record number of presenters at this conference. This opens up the door for a wide array of topics. We are lucky to have such great partners with a wealth of experience to share. The following two speakers will lead a breakout session entitled “Possible Roles of TCOM in Helping to Address Disparities.” This breakout session addresses the disparities that exist in accessing appropriate services. While America is rapidly becoming more diverse, the human service workforce is slower to change. Can TCOM strategies be leveraged to more… Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Elizabeth Manley and David Channer

The TCOM conference seems like it is just around the corner (November 16-18)! The conference is 3 days, and all participants have the option to attend all 3 days or register for just one day. We encourage attendance at all 3 days of the conference, but if you can only go for 1, then take a look at the agenda to see which days will be the most beneficial to you and your practice! Thursday (November 17) will begin with an opening plenary. The morning’s plenary will start with a lovely continental breakfast and end… Read More

Speaker Spotlight: Kenneth McGill and Dan Warner

With the 2016 TCOM Conference a month away we want to highlight some of our fantastic speakers and presenters to give you a glimpse of what to expect for the conference. Each presenter at the conference has been an integral part in successful implementations of the TCOM framework and a trusted partner in practice.   Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT Senior Training & Consultation Specialist, Children’s System of Care Training Program Rutgers-UBHC Behavioral Research and Training Institute Kenneth McGill is the statewide trainer on all of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tools… Read More

What to Expect from TCOM2016

ATTN: T-30 days until the 2016 TCOM Conference! For those of you who have yet to register for the TCOM Conference, Register here. The TCOM Conference is a 3 day conference full of great speakers and a variety of sessions presented by members of the TCOM Team and our partners around the world. Not sure if you want to attend? View the agenda to find out who is speaking and plan your own conference calendar. This years conference will be held in Princeton, NJ. Just a short train ride from NYC. The Westin Princeton… Read More

Conference Sponsors 2016

We have a great team here at the Praed Foundation and Chapin Hall, but we can’t forget our fantastic partners and sponsors! Thank you for all of the great work you do and your on-going support of the TCOM practice. TCOM 2016 Conference Partner: TCOM 2016 Conference Sponsors:   Want to get involved in the conference? Contact Adriel Jones events@adrieljonesllc.com Register for the Conference here.

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