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

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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New Pathways Comics Study Guide for Volume 5, "Moving On"

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This study guide for service providers who work with young people with mental health conditions raises questions for discussion and points for reflection about the events in Volume 5, "Moving On," the final volume in the series of Pathways Comics. This series further explores strategies for engaging young people in services, and the positive outcomes that can result from successful outreach.

Pathways Comics Study Guide Volume 5

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.

New Pathways Comics: Issues 1–4 of Volume 5, "Moving On"

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This series further explores strategies for engaging young people in services, and the positive outcomes that can result from successful outreach.

Pathways Comics Volume 5