During the TCOM 2020 Virtual Cloud Gathering Conference, Community Data Roundtable (CDR) hosted a conference-wide virtual scavenger hunt for all of our attendees.
Attached, you will find a video that Community Data Roundtable put together which highlights the winner, Lydia Shaw, receiving her gift basket, and features CDR, members of the TCOM Team, and Dr. John Lyons.
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
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
As we talked about in our last few posts, the holidays are a complicated time. Strengths, like natural supports and spiritual/religious worldview and community, are evident. Cultural stressors can be exacerbated. In addition, individuals who have experienced loss or those who do not have adequate natural supports can experience the holidays as a lonely time. Many situations might contribute to this experience: the recent loss of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, or the contraction of one’s circle of friends might precipitate feelings of distress during the holidays. Individuals… Read More
“‘Tis the season,” as they say. For some, it is the season of celebration and strengths, but for others, the holidays can represent heightened experiences of cultural stress. In 2015, a controversy about Starbucks’ holiday cups reflected the cultural tension evident in a season that can be perceived as Christian-centric. Starbucks routinely changes its coffee cup design each November. In 2015, the company decided to remove “traditional holiday symbols” in favor of what it called a “more inclusive” blank canvas of red. Protests began immediately, claiming overzealous political correctness along with a… Read More
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
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
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
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
One of the more compelling stories from the 12th annual TCOM Conference was the KEYNOTE provided by Liz Manley, the Assistant Commissioner of New Jersey’s System of Care. Having been involved with this project since its inception more than a decade ago, Liz provided both a personal description and a description based on the data collected, of the role of the CANS and TCOM in New Jersey. Since 2008 when full statewide implementation of the system of care was completed, the number of children and families served in case management programs in New Jersey has… Read More
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
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
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
Below you will see our GUIDING VALUES and CORE PRINCIPLES. None of this information is new, but we continually strive to make the work we do, work for you. GUIDING VALUES Human serving systems and enterprises have a primary mandate of facilitating and supporting personal change (transformation). Human serving systems and enterprises are inherently complex as a result of the number of humans involved. This diversity of aims and perspectives can only be managed through meaningful integration. Integration among people is best managed through collaborative processes. All partners in human serving systems… Read More
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
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) firstname.lastname@example.org View/Download our Conference Agenda: tcom_2016-agenda
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!