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The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Workshop
Tuesday, November 01, 2022, 9:00 AM to Wednesday, November 02, 2022, 12:30 PM CST
Category: Statewide

November 1-2 (2-day workshop/training) -Live Synchronous Virtual Event
Host:  TOTA Mental/Behavioral Health Adhoc Committee
Speaker: Ari Acosta MSc.
Mental health and equity specialist known for providing deep expertise and authenticity to the work, helping organizations and mental health professionals on delivering effective, culturally responsive and quality services for their communities.  Senior Policy Analyst Center for Innovation in Population Health at the University of Kentucky.

Course Description:  The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a collaboratively completed measure of child, youth and family’s strengths and needs. This evidence-based, standardized assessment was developed to support decision-making and action planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of clinical and functional outcomes. As a communication tool, it facilitates the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans.

This workshop provides an orientation to the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) approach and an overview to the CANS and TCOM’s overall framework, key concepts and how its multilevel approach directly benefits children, youth and families will be discussed. The principles and best practices in using the CANS as a TCOM assessment strategy, a communication framework, and tools to monitor outcomes and inform care plans for families and young people will also be addressed. Using vignettes and small group activities, the interactive 2-session workshop will prepare users for certification and use of the CANS.

Learning Objectives:
• Articulate the TCOM philosophy and how it guides the development of a shared vision for children, youth and families, providers and systems.
• Understand the role of structured assessments in the child welfare system as demonstrated by the ability to identify the linkage between the assessment and the planning         process.
• Describe the purpose of the CANS.
• Understand how the CANS will be used to support system of care philosophy through identifying a shared vision for the treatment team.

Registration open (Limited to 25 participants) - click here to register
cost: $99 for all Occupational therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants 
Registration Deadline October 19

Day 1 -TCOM Orientation November 1 9:00am-12:30pm
Day 2 -CANS Domains and Items November 2 9:00am-12:30pm

Training of Trainers - $60 (Training of Trainers November 29-30 9am-4pm)

TOTA Mental/Behavioral Health Adhoc committee members:
Claudette Fette, OTR, Ph.D.
Sharon Hennigan, OTR, MA, CCM, CHT
Ricky Joseph, OTR, Ph.D.
John Luna, OTR, OTD
Paul Martinez, OTR, MOT
Clarissa Medrano, OTR, MOT
Anjali Parti, OTR, OTD
Kathlyn Reed, OTR, Ph.D., MLIS, FAOTA
Sandra Whisner, OTR, Ph.D.
Lauro A. Munoz,  OTR, MOT, QAP, FAOTA