The following are a list of the in-person workshops available through the Centralized Training Infrastructure Evidenced Based Practice (CTI-EBP) Project.  In-person workshops are conducted at different locations.  Please refer to the Calendar for additional details including location, cost and any pre-requisites.  


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The Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) are communimetric tools that are used by providers to help structure the treatment planning and review process. The ANSA is a multi-purpose tool developed for an adult's behavioral health services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The CANS Comprehensive version of Texas is an open domain assessment tool for the use in service delivery systems that address the mental health of children, adolescents and their families. It was developed to support care planning and level of care decision making, to facilitate quality improvement efforts and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. It facilitates the linkage between the assessment process of identifying the needs and strength of the child and the caregiver and the creation of individualized service plans and the selection of evidence based practices used.

For additional information on the ANSA, please see: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/trr/cans/

For additional information on the CANS, please see: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/trr/cans/

To become trained/certified on the CANS or ANSA, please go to: http://www.TCOMtraining.com

For any questions regarding online certification, TCOMtraining.com site access, coupons, or problems registering for TCOMTraining.com, please email: support@tcomtraining.com

NOTE: Centralized Training does NOT oversee TCOMtraining.com. For questions or concerns regarding ANSA or CANS online only certification available on TCOMtraining.com please contact the Praed Foundation via email: support@tcomtraining.com

To become certified as a ANSA or CANS SuperUser you must attend a face to face training. For SuperUser (face to face) training, please see the training calendar available on this website for any upcoming workshops.


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This in-person workshop is available by invitation only to designated Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) clinics.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centers on motivational processes within the individual that facilitate change. This method differs from other externally-driven methods for motivating change as it does not impose changing, but rather supports change in a manner congruent with the person’s own values and concerns.

While this practice is not explicitly required in your performance contracts, the tools learned from this workshop help therapists and case managers in elevating therapeutic skills and helping clients attain recovery goals. We highly recommend this workshop for all therapists, case managers and supervisors. There are no prerequisites for this training. Special thanks to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Initiative for sponsoring these training.

Upon completion of the training you will be:

·         Familiar with the fundamental spirit and principles of MI

·         Acquainted with relevant evidence of efficacy

·         Directly experience the MI approach and contrast it with others



The tertiary prevention-treatment programs of Nurturing parenting are skills training protocols for the parent or caregiver of children and youth exposed to abuse neglect or that experience family dysfunction that impacts the child's mental health. It treats abusive or neglecting parent-child dysfunctional interactions and develops caregiver's pro-social skills that will help the functioning of the child and caregiver. It also increases the parents/caregiver's understanding of abuse, neglect they experienced and how this impact their beliefs and the patterns that are passed to the child. It address increasing the parent ability to address the child/youth's needs. If a child grows up believing that its needs will be met, it will be more confident when facing challenges.

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Person Centered Recovery Planning (PCRP) is, "A highly individualized comprehensive approach to assessment and services that is founded on an understanding of the person's history, strengths, needs, and vision of his or her own recovery and includes attention to issues of culture, spirituality, trauma, and other factors"; (Institute of Medicine). The shift to a PCRP process requires essential, fundamental shifts in system, culture, and practice transformation and is mutually reinforcing with other changes in the field, such as the ANSA and CANS, Illness Management and Recovery, and required outcomes related to such factors as reduced hospital re-admissions.  

Prerequisites:  You must complete the following two PCRP online modules. 

Please go to www.centralizedtraining.com and click on the CTI-EBP Online Courses and enroll in each of the courses below.  You will receive 2.5 hours of Continuing Education Credits are provided for the following two modules:

o   Module 1: “Introduction to Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Practices"

o   Module 2: “Introduction to Peer Support"


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