CANS RATING WINDOWPANE-SCORING GUIDE The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool is intended to be administered collaboratively with children and families. The collaborative approach relies on clear communication and a commitment to building consensus among team members.
FAMILY HANDOUT: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT NEEDS AND STRENGTHS The CANS and ANSA are a part of our assessment process that is aimed at clarifying your story, allowing for easier communication and providing us with a transparent way to talk about what’s going well and what you’d like to be better.
USING THE CANS/ANSA WITH CAREGIVERS & FAMILIES (RATING SCALE) What is the CANS/ANSA? This is a tool to gather information about your child’s needs and strengths. How is the CANS/ANSA used? A rating scale is used for each question/item which will determine the action level for each item.
USING THE CANS AND ANSA WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES You may be unsure about when and how to introduce the CANS or ANSA measure to an individual and/or the family and how to engage them in the process of completing the tool. Likewise, there are often questions about how the CANS/ANSA may be used to discuss their clinical conceptualization and engage in treatment planning with the individual/family.