The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a communimetric measure created by John Lyons, PhD. The CANS organizes information and improves communication among the entire team: parents, caregivers, youth, natural supports and professionals; supports and informs decision making during service planning; tracks changing strengths and needs over time, and is used in child-serving systems in more than 30 states across the country. Certification is required in order to complete the CANS with a youth and family; passing this course and the test are the required elements of certification.

Learning Objectives include: increase understanding of CANS and how it is a good fit for children and families; be able to name and give examples of each of the 6 Key Characteristics of the CANS; rate the CANS accurately; list and give examples of the CANS as aligned with children’s system of care principles; practice engaging the team in completing the CANS; integrate CANS information to drive treatment planning.

Additional Information

Eligible Participants

Santa Clara County Title IV-E Collaborative training events are free for all who qualify. Eligible participants include:

  • Staff of residential treatment facilities in Santa Clara County
  • Foster and adoptive parents
  • Prospective foster and adoptive parents
  • Santa Clara County social workers
  • Santa Clara County children’s mental health providers
  • Staff of community based organizations that serve children and families in Santa Clara County
  • College and university students in academic preparation to work with families and children.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to assure registration for the course. Attendees arriving after the start of the training time may lose registration position, and may not be allowed in due to wait list and need for prompt start time. Please cancel in advance if you cannot attend as frequent "no shows" may result in an inability to register for future training.

Please Note:

If you are seeking CEU's for this training, you must be present for the entirety of the training. You must sign in and sign out on the designated CEU sign-in sheet. 


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Bundlie 12/18 - 12/18 Tu 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM $0.00 View