CANS: Overview, Case Planning and Preparation for Certification (Virtual Training)

This two-day training gives participants an understanding of how California will use the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as a strategy to meet the Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM) vision for creating behavioral objectives with families and teams. The ICPM articulates the shared values, core components, and standards of practice reflecting findings of current research that demonstrate how collaborative and integrated family services work best in meeting the complex needs of children, youth, nonminor dependents, and families involved with multiple, government- funded organizations.

After this two-day, interactive session, participants will:

  • Be prepared for certification and use of the CANS in Child and Family Team (CFT) meetings, care coordination and case planning
  • Understand principles and best practices in using the CANS as an assessment strategy and tool to monitor outcomes and inform plans


This workshop is required for social workers who will be completing the CANS, Child Welfare Supervisors who oversee case planning, and CFT facilitators.

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Online class