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

Research Update on Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults

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This brief report summarizes recently-published research relevant to peer support for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions. The report reviews research published since 2018, when Pathways RTC produced its last report on this topic.

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New Journal Article: Enhancing Skills for Young Adult Peer Support Specialists

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This new article by Pathways authors, published in Psychiatric Services, reports on a study that investigated a skills enhancement and role clarification training intervention for young adult peer support specialists (YPSSs). The results showed gains in YPSSs’ skills and confidence in providing person-centered planning to the young people they worked with, as well as high training satisfaction and reduced job-related anxiety.

New Journal Article on Effects of Early Stigmatization on Pathways to Employment After First Episode of Psychosis

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This article, published online first in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, discusses how young adult study participants experienced self-stigma in response to a psychosis diagnosis in young adulthood and how this delayed their career pathways. Natural peer support was critical in restoring self-identity and career pathways among young people with first-episode psychosis. Study findings have implications for improving Coordinated Specialty Care practice to include peer-based and other anti-stigma interventions for young adults with first-episode psychosis.

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Results from National Survey on Supports that Families Provide to Young Adults During Transition

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This document reports on results from a survey of 221 family members on supports that families provide to young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Supports discussed include financial, housing, transportation, crisis planning, job search, application processes, and other supports.

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Watch Recording of August's Monthly Consultation: "Supporting Culturally Responsive Practice"

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In this consultation, our team covered how to implement culturally responsive practices. This includes appropriate training for youth peers, necessary organizational practices and values, and addressing oppressive language or ideas.