Improving the Lives of Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions Through Research & Training

Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs: Evaluation Report

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Ten 5–7 minute video briefs on identified areas of needed skill development with accompanying discussion questions and online resource lists were developed for transition service providers. A total of 47 peer support and non-peer service providers participated in an online evaluation of the video briefs. Both qualitative and quantitative results are contained in this report.

New Webinar Recording on Approaches to Evaluating Services for Young Adults

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Hosted by Westat as part of the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) training series funded by SAMHSA, this webinar described strategies for assessing services, supports and systems that serve older youth and young adults with significant mental health needs. The webinar focused on assessment tools and strategies that are sustainable and efficient, and that produce data that is useful to stakeholders.

New PPPA Transition Training Toolkit, 2nd Edition: A Self-Study Guide for Service Providers

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The Pathways Transition Training Partnership is launching a new version of the Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood (PPPA) Toolkit in the form of a self-study guide for individuals. Like the original toolkit designed for staff teams, the self-study guide enhances learning from PPPA online training modules.

New Interactive Learning Tool: AMP E-Module

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Pathways has developed an interactive learning tool, the AMP e-module, "Questions in Person-Centered or Youth-Driven Conversations," a skill enhancement tool designed for people who work with youth and young adults. This short online training incorporates video and interactivity to create an effective and engaging learning experience on identifying specific types of open-ended questions used in one-on-one conversations. The accompanying study guide for the AMP e-module provides questions for discussion and reflection, along with links to additional resources.

Webinar Recording: "Drop-in Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy"

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Pathways RTC's 2019 issue of Focal Point focuses on the evaluation of innovative transition programs across the country. This webinar explored two examples of programs featured in the issue that are innovative in their low-barrier approach. Watch the webinar recording to hear more details about how these two state programs have implemented drop-in centers as part of their success.

New Issue of Focal Point on Innovative Transition Programs

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This issue of Focal Point explores the findings from the local evaluations conducted by Healthy Transitions grantees over the past 5 years as well as present evaluation findings from two other innovative programs for transition-aged youth and young adults. Taken together, the articles in this issue supply service providers and planners across the nation with an indication of the successful outcomes generated by a variety of program approaches.

New Journal Article on Training Needs of Peer and Non-Peer Transition Service Providers

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Based on a participatory action research project conducted with Youth MOVE National, this article reports findings of a national survey of 254 peer support and non-peer transition service providers' self-reported training needs to serve young people more effectively, their preferred training modalities and barriers to their participation in training opportunities.

New Interactive Learning Module on Avoiding Common Mistakes in Youth-Driven Conversation

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Pathways' AMP project's new interactive learning tool, "Youth-Driven Conversation – Avoiding Some Common Mistakes," will enhance learners' skills with effective interviewing techniques. This online training leads leaners through various types of conversational patterns and questions to help them examine relationship-building, framing, and methods to enhance self-determination. The accompanying study guide for the AMP e-module provides questions for discussion and reflection, along with links to additional resources.

New Volume of Pathways Comics: "Some Afternoons"

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Pathways Comic Issue 3(2)

Pathways comics are created by and for young adults and the people that care about them. In this set of issues, James' friend gives him an inside tip, while Jarvis engages in benign mischief.

Emerging Strategies for Engaging Young People in Systems of Care

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This tip sheet explores ways in which systems of care are developing new approaches and adaptations to delivery models to increase engagement among older youth and young adults. Developed by Pathways researchers after conducting a series of interviews with system of care providers, the resource outlines three key engagement strategies that others can implement and includes extensive quotes from providers throughout.

New Tip Sheet for Parents and Friends of Young People Experiencing Psychosis

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This tip sheet, created with input from young adult graduates of the EASA program, offers tips for supporting a young person experiencing psychosis. Topics covered include improving communication, promoting recovery, and family self-care.

New Webinar Recording on Training for Mental Health Providers

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In this presentation, which was not aired previously, Janet Walker and Caitlin Baird outline the state of the science on training best practices. It incorporates video (with special celebrity guest appearances) to help illustrate some key training principles.

New Journal Article: Using "Remote" Training and Coaching to Increase Providers' Skills

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This article, published in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, describes a social innovation that aims to provide high-quality training and coaching that is affordable and sustainable in community mental health settings. This approach is designed to train providers to work with young people in ways that increase their engagement and retention in services, as well as their alliance with treatment providers.