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Tip Booklet: Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation PDF

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2014


"Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues"

"A Guide to Inform Local Efforts to Support and Affirm LGBTQI2–S Children, Youth, and Families"

"Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition"

2013


"Promoting Positive Development among Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions: Results from Pathways' State of the Science Conference"

"Recovery on Campus: Supporting Young Adults with Mental Health Difficulties in Post-secondary Education Settings"

"This Place Helps You Figure Out Who You Want to Be": A Photovoice Experience with Urban Native Youth

"Better Futures: Increasing Postsecondary Preparation and Engagement of Youth with Mental Health Conditions in Foster Care"

"Reclaiming Futures: A Model for Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime"

"NeuroLeadership in Systems of Care"

2012


"Unfinished Business: Brain Development & Traumatic Stress in Transition-age Youth"

"Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults"

"What's Normal? The Value of the Developmental Lens in Working with Transition-Aged Youth with Mental Health Challenges"

"Youth Voice in Advocacy: A Guide to Strategic Sharing"

"Connections that Work: Pathways to Employment for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions"

"More than a Nice Thing to Do: Using Practice-Based Evidence for Outcome Evaluation in Native Youth Programs"

2011


"On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adult Life"

"Engaging Youth in Organizations and Systems: Small Steps to Successful Implementation"

"Creating Inclusive Programming and Practice for LGBTQ Youth Through Awareness"

"Family Involvement in Transitions to Adulthood"

"A Tool of Hope: The Building Bridges Tip Sheets"

"Supporting Self-Determination and Enhancing Career Development for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses"

2010


"Bridging the Gap: What Service Providers Need to Know, Believe, and Do"

"Achieve My Plan (AMP!): Increasing Youth Participation in Planning Teams"

"How Young Adults Use the Internet to Access Mental Health Information and Support"

"Whose Life is it? Supporting Self-Determination & Transition of Youth with Disabilities Aging-Out of the Child Welfare System"

"Strategies for Running a Successful Youth-Driven Event: Experiences from the Portland National Youth Summit"


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"Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10am - 11pm Pacific / 1pm - 2pm Eastern

This webinar addresses strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of young people with mental health conditions in the transition years. We will begin with a brief review of the challenges resulting from service fragmentation and varied eligibility criteria. Then we will share innovative collaborative and service integration strategies developed by staff at the Early Assessment and Support Alliance, a statewide initiative in Oregon with the EASA Center for Excellence (technical assistance) located in Portland and Thresholds Youth Programs in Chicago. The webinar will also feature a young adult perspective on involvement in services and will conclude with recommendations for bridging service gaps.

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"A Guide to Inform Local Efforts to Support and Affirm LGBTQI2–S Children, Youth, and Families"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12pm - 1pm Pacific / 3pm - 4pm Eastern

Are you a service provider, educator, community member, or other individual who wants to support the health and well-being of children and youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and/or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and their families? Then this webinar is for you! The presenters shared information including tips from a just-released guide to promote full and affirming inclusion of LGBTQI2–S youth and families in system of care communities. Online, you can access this guide, which the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has endorsed.

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"Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10am - 11am Pacific / 1pm - 2pm Eastern

Transition happens for all young adults, and youth entering the field of advocacy are no exception. Young adults utilizing personal experiences need additional support in learning to apply these in a professional setting as they transition from being a "youth advocate" into an "advocate for youth." This webinar identified stages of development in this process and research related to each stage, as well as guidance and tip sheets both for the young advocate in transition and the adults who provide professional development support.

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"Promoting Positive Development among Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions: Results from Pathways' State of the Science Conference"

Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 10am - 11am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

This webinar outlined the Pathways model, which describes how providers can work productively and effectively with young people who experience serious mental health conditions. This model is based on research showing "what works," and uses a positive developmental approach, focusing on promoting wellbeing and flourishing. This webinar began with an overview of the model, and continued on to discuss how providers can work with young people to "activate change" in their lives.

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"Recovery on Campus: Supporting Young Adults with Mental Health Difficulties in Post-secondary Education Settings"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10am - 11am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

This webinar focused on supporting young people with mental health difficulties, including co-occurring substance abuse, who are engaged in post-secondary education. Presenters provided an overview of trends in college attendance of young adults with mental health difficulties and the challenges of living away from home while working toward recovery. Presenters covered strategies to facilitate a positive transition to college, legal protections, issues surrounding disclosure, and accommodations. The webinar provides information on campus resources and the roles of peer, family, and mental health supports. A young adult college graduate who leads an advocacy organization shared his experiences, lessons learned, and recommendations with webinar participants.

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"This Place Helps You Figure Out Who You Want to Be": A Photovoice Experience with Urban Native Youth

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10am - 11am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

Photovoice is a research methodology that allows participants to take pictures that tell their stories in order to enhance their communities. This webinar presented the process and findings of a Photovoice project with a small group of Urban Native youth receiving culturally-embedded services at a community-based agency.

Youth documented how these services support their cultural identity and self-efficacy. The process of implementing Photovoice within this agency, research findings, and how youth will use these findings to engage in youth advocacy efforts were presented. A youth participant/co-researcher presented about her experience of engaging in Photovoice.

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"Better Futures: Increasing Postsecondary Preparation and Engagement of Youth with Mental Health Conditions in Foster Care"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 10am - 11am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

This webinar shared some of the barriers youth with mental health conditions in foster care face while preparing for and accessing higher education, and how the Better Futures Project is attempting to address these challenges through 1) near-peer coaching, 2) a summer Postsecondary Leadership Institute, and 3) group mentoring workshops. We shared preliminary findings from the project and discussed the advantages and factors to consider when implementing a near-peer model, where coaches and youth have shared life experiences in areas such as foster care and mental health. Presenters included youth who have recently completed the Better Futures Project, coaches and other project staff. As such, Participants had the opportunity to hear first-hand from young people about the challenges they encountered while pursuing their educational goals, and what services, supports and resources were most helpful.

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"Reclaiming Futures: A Model for Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime"

Tuesday April 30, 2013 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

This webinar was designed for those wanting to learn more about the Reclaiming Futures model and how the model has been adopted as a cost-effective juvenile justice reform initiative. The webinar (1) provided an overview the compelling need, (2) described Reclaiming Futures, (3) described how the framework of Reclaiming Futures is pointing to better outcomes for youth.

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"NeuroLeadership in Systems of Care"

Tuesday January 29, 2013 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

This webinar explored recent advances in contemporary neuroscience as they relate to effective youth and adult leadership practices and organizational change in systems of care. The developing field of NeuroLeadership was introduced, with a focus on what the "hard science" tells us about effectively engaging others in positive change from a brain science perspective. There was an opportunity to brainstorm on key insights and takeaways elicited by the findings in neuroscience and the role system of care leaders play in supporting best practices and innovative reform.

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"Unfinished Business: Brain Development & Traumatic Stress in Transition-age Youth"

Tuesday November 13, 2012 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Integrating neuroscience research findings into programs for transition-age youth is crucial for designing and delivering effective services. Just as emerging adults are transitioning across systems, their brains and minds are continuing to develop. Indeed, the final stages of the brain’s structural and functional development are not complete until individuals reach their mid-to-late 20s.

Researchers have also recently identified the significant ways that the developing brain and body are shaped by adversity, specifically, the role of traumatic or toxic stress. A substantial number of youth needing, seeking, or receiving services have been affected by traumatic stress.

This webinar gave participants a foundational understanding of brain development and the neurobiology of traumatic stress, as well; a young adult’s personal experience of traumatic stress was shared.

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"Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults"

Tuesday September 18, 2012 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

This webinar reported on how peer support is being provided for youth and young adults around the United States. Our report was based on ~40 interviews conducted with peer support specialists (PSS) and their supervisors/administrators.

We provided a summary of our main findings, including information about how the PSS role is defined; the nature of training, coaching and supervision; what sort of data/feedback is collected for quality assurance; and how the position is financed.

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"What's Normal? The Value of the Developmental Lens in Working with Transition-Aged Youth with Mental Health Challenges"

Tuesday August 7, 2012 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

This webinar introduced the developmental perspective as one way of thinking about transition-aged youth with mental health challenges as a special case of "emerging adults." Developmental psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Arnett introduced the term "emerging adults" in 2000 as a way to make sense of the time young people spend exploring before fully committing to adulthood. This new, normative trend in the way young people become adult redefines what is normal and identifies new criteria for achieving a successful transition to adulthood. What does this mean for transition youth with serious mental health conditions?

Participants were introduced to the latest theory and empirical research on development between ages 18 and 29. The webinar also explored distinctions between developmental vs. mental health challenges during emerging adulthood. Last, we discussed the value of the developmental lens as a framework for designing and implementing services that best fit the distinct needs of in between transition-aged youth with mental health challenges.

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"Youth Voice in Advocacy: A Guide to Strategic Sharing"

Thursday May 15, 2012 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Strategic Sharing is the practice of safely and effectively telling the story of your lived experience(s)in order to achieve a goal. The purpose of this webinar was to inform participants of the main principles of Strategic Sharing to assist them in doing advocacy work:

Training in Strategic Sharing is paramount to creating effective change and protecting ones self from negative triggers to emotional well-being.

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"Connections that Work: Pathways to Employment for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions"

Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

Presenters shared ideas about promoting access to employment opportunities for young people. RISE and Career Visions were featured as two examples of interventions supporting young people to access employment, and a young adult will shared his experience seeking and maintaining employment.

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"More than a Nice Thing to Do: Using Practice-Based Evidence for Outcome Evaluation in Native Youth Programs"

Friday, February 24th, 2012 from 10:00am - 11:00am Pacific, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time

This webinar described the activities and results of a Practice-based Evidence project designed to develop a culturally responsive evaluation framework for agencies serving American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

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"On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adult Life"

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

This webinar explored key issues that affect the use of psychotropic medication by young adults who are experiencing mental illness. The webinar discussed evidence-based use of medication, potential side effects, the influence of stigma, and cultural meaning. The presenters also considered the elements of successful collaborative decision-making processes.

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"Engaging Youth in Organizations and Systems: Small Steps to Successful Implementation"

September 27th, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

In every youth serving organization or system, there is an opportunity at all levels for youth and adults to partner for more effective positive outcomes for youth. Youth Engagement Solutions LLC and the National Resource Center for Youth Development partnered in this webinar to provide experiences and strategies on how to engage and partner with youth at various levels of organizations, systems, and youth advisory boards.

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"Creating Inclusive Programming and Practice for LGBTQ Youth Through Awareness"

July 12th, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

Do you want to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth in your program? Do you want to gain greater awareness of key definitions, research, risk/protective factors, policies, and theories that can improve your work with LGBTQ youth? Are you seeking additional resources to create a safe space?

Join us for a one-hour webinar that will provide you with key definitions, data and research on risk/protective factors, support strategies, and resources that can help to create a more inclusive and responsive approach to youth development for this population.

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"Family Involvement in Transitions to Adulthood"

May 24th, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

Family members, youth, service providers, and researchers will offer perspectives on how to involve families in services in ways that are preferred by youth and young adults. We will discuss the developmental, legal and confidentiality issues that affect young people; the balancing act between families and providers; the role of mentors and adult allies, and; the strengths and needs of diverse families. Participants will come away with ideas on how to help navigate conflicts between youth and families; information about family support organizations; and; a better understanding of the family journey.

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"A Tool of Hope: The Building Bridges Tip Sheets"

March 15th, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

Youth MOVE Oregon and the Building Bridges Initiative presented information on the development and implementation of youth- and family-centered tools designed to help young adults and supportive family members change the way they experience treatment. The Building Bridges Initiative believes that community and residentially-based treatment providers share responsibility to ensure that mental health services and supports are available, and brings their philosophy to this presentation.

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"Supporting Self-Determination and Enhancing Career Development for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses"

January 25th, 2011 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

Young adults with mental health diagnoses have the same job and career hopes and dreams as all young adults. Using current and past research, this webinar addressed how self-determination processes in career development for young adults with mental health diagnoses can enhance the capacity for effective career development activities.

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"Bridging the Gap: What Service Providers Need to Know, Believe, and Do"

November 16th, 2010 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

This webinar addressed the core attitudes, knowledge, and skills that service providers need to effectively serve youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. A young adult, family member, and service provider shared their experiences as we discussed how to best develop and implement effective interventions and policies.

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"Achieve My Plan (AMP!): Increasing Youth Participation in Planning Teams"

September 14th, 2010 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

This webinar addressed youth participation in team planning meetings and why it is important, identified strategies to increase meaningful youth participation, and discussed common pitfalls that can occur in team planning meetings and how to prevent them.

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"How Young Adults Use the Internet to Access Mental Health Information and Support"

July 27th, 2010 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

According to Pew Internet research, every day, more people go online for medical advice than actually visit health care professionals. This may be especially true for young adults, as their access to health care and other supports is more limited than other populations. Using the latest research as well as results from focus groups conducted by Pathways to Positive Futures, this webinar addressed how young adults use the Internet to manage their mental health.

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"Whose Life is it? Supporting Self-Determination & Transition of Youth with Disabilities Aging-Out of the Child Welfare System"

May 11th, 2010 from 10AM - 11AM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

During the presentation, we shared research findings on the efficacy of My Life, an intervention designed to enhance the self determination and adult outcomes of young people in foster care and special education. This presentation also focused on the transition experiences of foster youth with disabilities and reviewed information about current services for supporting their transition, such as Chafee and the Independent Living Program.

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"Strategies for Running a Successful Youth-Driven Event: Experiences from the Portland National Youth Summit"

February 23rd, 2010 from 11AM - 12PM Pacific Time / 1PM – 2PM Eastern Time.

This webinar discussed what it takes to host a youth-driven event, highlighting the experiences of planning, organizing, and running the day-long Portland National Youth Summit held in June 2009. Youth Summit advisory board members and participants shared their experiences and provided webinar attendees with strategies for planning and hosting a successful event that elicits meaningful youth participation.

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