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The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Trauma Comprehensive is a unique trauma-focused assessment strategy and multi-purpose tool that is comprehensive yet flexible. It is designed to integrate all the information gathered about the child and family in one place, (i.e., other measures, interviews, observations, etc.). The CANS can be used to track client progress over time and it also acts as a helpful “translational” tool for service and treatment planning and family engagement.
The following resources have been created to help service and treatment providers in translating a child’s CANS scores into meaningful applications for caregivers, youth, and providers. The resources were designed to highlight information about a child and family’s needs and strengths, service planning recommendations and even concrete treatment goals.
Instructions: Please check the box to the left of the resources that you wish to download. Upon submitting, you will be asked to complete a brief survey that helps us track the location and types of providers/service systems that are requesting our resources. Once complete, the list of clickable resources that you chose will appear at the bottom of the screen for you to download.
Please note that while the CANS-Trauma is a free access tool, training and certification on the CANS are required for its reliable and valid use in practice. Several versions of the CANS are currently in existence; certification on the CANS-Trauma may not fulfill specific state-mandated training requirements, which can vary across states and jurisdictions. Training and certification may be obtained via our CANS-Trauma Training website (click on the icon to the right) or can be scheduled in-person upon request.
The Praed Foundation’s collaborative training website is for certification on the CANS. To access the CANS-Trauma training certification for FREE, fill out the brief survey below:
CANS-Trauma Training on the NCTSN Learning Center Site
- Overview and Use of the CANS-Trauma: A Functional Assessment Strategy for Use Across Service Settings
- Strategies and Innovations in using CANS-Trauma and FANS-Trauma in Practice
CANS Trauma Presentations/Videos
- Use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) in Trauma-Informed Practice: Applications to Treatment Planning, Family Engagement, and Psychoeducation on Child Trauma
- CANS Trauma Background and Usage
- CANS Trauma Engagement Video Presentation
(Warning: Large File Size – 215MB Power Point File)