The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative (PTTC) - Community of Practice Training
The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative is designed to enhance the skills of service providers working with young people with serious mental health conditions and to provide information and tools to young people and their family members, researchers, and policy makers involved in developing and implementing transition-focused interventions, policies, and research.
The project has initiated the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative, a nation-wide advisory group made up of young adults, family members, and interdisciplinary representatives of universities, organizations and agencies that serve young people with serious mental health conditions and their families.
Quarterly conference calls, individual meetings, and small workgroups have been implemented to gain input from these advisors. We have developed a set of competencies for service providers working with youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions.
We developed an interdisciplinary graduate level course that was taught for the first time in Fall 2010 and will be taught again in Fall 2011. This course, titled "Improving Youth Transitions," was co-taught by a faculty instructor, a young adult, and a parent. Students evaluated the course using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and the majority of feedback was positive. The PTTC will revise the course syllabus to reflect student feedback.
We are also in the process of developing training modules focused on specific topics relevant to service providers. The first two modules will be on the use of medication and the roles of families in supporting young people with serious mental health conditions.
The PTTC presented a paper at the Council on Social Work Education Conference on October 15, 2010. The title of the presentation was, Improving youth transitions: Course development with a community of practice. The PTTC presented the competency document and the community of practice model, and both were well received.
Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Online Training to Support Young People with Mental Health Needs. Presented at the 26th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 5, 2013.
Supporting youth with mental health difficulties to be the agents in their own life. Presented at the Oregon Youth Transition Program Statewide Conference, Hood River, OR, February 21, 2013; and at the Oregon Association of Vocational Special Needs Personnel Conference, Hood River, OR, February 22, 2013.
Employed Family Caregivers: Workplace Supports, Work-family Conflict and Health. Presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 29, 2012.
On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adult Life. Webinar presented November 4, 2011.
Reference list is available here.
Transition Age Mental Health Services in the Portland Area. Poster presented at Bridges to Baccalaureate Annual Meeting and Poster Symposium, Portland, OR, September 16, 2011.
Work-Life Integration Issues for Parents Raising Children with ADHD. Presented at Community, Work, & Family IV, Tampere, Finland, May 2011. Reference list is available here.
Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Young People with Mental Health Needs: Youth Experiences and Recommendations. Presented at the First European Conference on Social Work Research, Oxford, U.K., March 2011.
Navigating the Transition to Adulthood: Self-assessment of Service Provider Competencies. Presented at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, University of South Florida, March 2011.
Abstract: Working with a community of practice including young people with mental health difficulties, family members, researchers, and service providers, we developed a set of competencies, and a curriculum designed to prepare providers to deliver services to young people with mental health difficulties. A self-assessment of competencies was developed and tested as an evaluation tool for transition preparation. Results are discussed in light of the training needs of service providers working across complex systems.
Resolving Work-Family Issues of Parents Raising Children with Disabilities: A Human Resource Training Intervention. Presented at Society for Social Work and Research in Tampa, FL, January 15, 2011
Bridging the Gap: What Service Providers Need to Know, Believe, and Do. Webinar presented November 16, 2010
Improving Youth Transitions: Course Development with a Community of Practice. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Conference on October 15, 2010
Previous Work 2004-2009:Presentations from the project Voices of Youth and Families—Community Integration of Transition-Age Youth:
Involving Young People with Mental Health Needs and Parents in Qualitative Research. Presented at the 10th Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 2009.
Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Youth with Mental Health Needs: Youth and Parents' Experiences and Recommendation for Improving Transition Supports. Presented at the 2009 Building on Family Strengths Conference: Putting Youth & Families First in Portland, OR, June 2009.
What Makes a Difference for Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs? A Comparison of European American and African American Perspectives on Community Integration. Presented at the Washington State Adolescent Health Conference Partnership for Healthy Youth Conference in SeaTac, WA, August 2007.
Community Integration of Young Adults with Mental Health Difficulties: Family Perspectives and Comparison of African American and European American Youth Perspectives. Presented at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health's Building on Family Strengths Conference in Portland, OR, June 2007.
School and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Transition-Age Youth with Mental Health Difficulties: Comparing Experiences of European American and African American Youth. Presented at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health's Building on Family Strengths Conference in Portland, OR, June 2007.
Young Adults with Mental Health Needs Transitioning to Adulthood: European American and African American Perspectives. Presented at the 2006 National State of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities in Philadelphia, PA, September 2006.
Young Adults with Mental Health Needs Transitioning to Adulthood: Family Perspectives on Community Integration. Presented at the 2006 National State of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities in Philadelphia, PA, September 2006. Note: Earlier presentations were titled “Voices of Youth and Families on Transitions and Community Integration” at the Federation of Families Conference in Washington, DC, November 2005.
Community Integration of Transition-Age Youth: Voices of Youth and Young Adults. presented at the 19th Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base in Tampa, FL, February 2006.Presentations and publications from the project Transition to Independence—Outcomes of School-Based Support for Youth with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities:
Serving transition-aged youth with dual diagnoses. Presented at the 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference in Tampa, FL, March 2010.
What to do when you have two (diagnoses). Presented at the Building on Family Strengths Conference: Putting Youth & Families First in Portland, OR, June 2009.