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

Register for June's Monthly Consultation: "Working with Caregivers and Families"

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Date/Time: June 24, 10am PT / 1pm ET

Region 10 will discuss how youth peer support specialists work with youths' families and caregivers. Topics will include how to engage family members and caregivers, as well as common challenges or misconceptions that youth peer support specialists may face when working with caregivers and families.

Watch Recording of April's Monthly Consultation: "Self-care and Setting Boundaries for Youth Peer Support Specialists"

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In this call, our team of experienced youth peer support supervisors discussed how to support youth peer support specialists in practicing self-care and setting boundaries with their youth clients.

Watch Recording of February's Monthly Consultation: "How Youth Partners Collaborate with Family Partners, Part 2"

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In this call, we continued to review how youth and family partners support youth, families, and Wraparound teams individually and collectively. We presented different principles for how youth and family partners work together, and applied said principles to various scenarios.

New Journal Article: "EASA Connections: Community-Based Participatory Research to Develop a Peer-Based Early Psychosis Web Resource With Young Adults"

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This article describes a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to develop a peer-driven, web-based, recovery resource for young adults who have experienced early psychosis. The researchers used the CBPR process to collaboratively develop the resource and conducted an iterative usability study to test and refine it.

'EASA Connections: Community-Based Participatory Research' journal article

Watch Recording of May's Monthly Consultation: "Strategic Sharing in Different Contexts"

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In this monthly consultation, our team discussed strategic sharing in different contexts. Youth peer support specialists shared their lived experience with youth, parents, fellow professionals and advocacy purposes. We reviewed various scenarios on how youth peer support specialists can safely share their stories in ways that support their youth and their work.

Watch Recording of March's Monthly Consultation: "Youth Peer Support Specialists' Role in Crisis Intervention and Postvention"

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In this call, our team covered youth peer support specialists' roles in crisis intervention and postvention. Learning objectives included how to create crisis and safety plans with youth, appropriate responses from youth peer support specialists while maintaining boundaries, and how youth peer support specialists can support youth after a crisis event.

Watch Recording of January's Monthly Consultation: "How Youth Partners Collaborate with Family Partners, Part 1"

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In this call, we reviewed how youth and family partners support youth, families, and Wraparound teams individually and collectively. We presented different principles for how youth and family partners work together, and applied said principles to various scenarios.

Watch Recording of December's Monthly Consultation: "Self-Care in Youth/Young Adult Peer Support"

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In December's call we discussed the importance of self-care for staff and youth clients. The holidays are often a confusing and challenging time for youth involved in systems, and young people can benefit from having a self-care plan. We covered conversational strategies to approach this topic with youth and how to normalize the process of creating a self-care plan. We also included an open discussion of topics and scenarios submitted by participants.