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

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 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.

Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs: Trailer

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Pathways Transition Training Partnership presents the newest five of the ten 5-7 minute video briefs that provide overviews of key concepts and skills for service providers working with youth and young adults with mental health needs. Each video brief is accompanied by discussion questions and resources for further learning.

Introducing the Pathways Comic

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Pathways Comic Issue 1(1)

Check out our new Pathways comic, created by and for young adults and the people that care about them.

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 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.

Webinar Recording: "Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations"

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In this Pathways webinar, which took place January 22, 2019, Mandy Davis, Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, discussed how youth- and young adult-serving organizations can implement the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) into their organization and services. Examples and tools were provided with an emphasis on those developed by and with youth and young adults. In addition, ideas for TIC staff self-care were shared.

New Journal Article Compares Outcomes of Online Training for Service Providers

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Written by Pathways researchers and published online first in Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, the article "Is Online Training an Effective Workforce Development Strategy for Transition Service Providers? Results of a Comparative Study" describes outcomes of a longitudinal quasi-experimental study comparing cohorts of service providers receiving either online training only, or online training in conjunction with team-based practice activities.