Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths-CANS is a collaboratively completed measure of youth strengths and needs. This evidence-based, standardized assessment was developed to support decision-making, including level of care and intervention 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. This training provides an overview of the CANS overall framework, key concepts and how its multilevel approach directly benefits children and families. The principles and best practices in using the CANS as an assessment strategy, a communication framework, and tools to monitor outcomes and inform care plans will also be addressed. Using mock vignettes and small group activities, this 6-hour, interactive session will prepare users for certification and use of the CANS.