Comprehensive, Culturally Approriate, and Competency-Based Workforce Development.

CWDS Curriculum


Level:           CANS Overview (Lineworker, Supervisors, ER)

Credits:        6 hours

Intended Audience:  This is a state mandate for PCW staff. All staff working in PCW (i.e., Lineworkers, ER staff, Adoption staff, Supervisors, etc)

Description of Course: This one-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 CANS is a multi-purpose tool designed to be the output of a collaborative assessment process. It supports care planning and decision-making, including level of care 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.

Intended Objectives:


  • Describe how the CANS supports the ICPM and the practice of child and family teaming (CFT)


  • Articulate the purpose of the CANS as a collaborative, transport, team-based process
  • Identify how the Six Key Principles of CANS are used in determining action levels on needs and strengths items


  • Demonstrate ability to complete the CANS domains and items

Topics Include:

  • Background and Context
  • Six Key Principles of a Communication Tool
  • CANS Domain and Items
  • Practice Vignette (small groups)
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