About Pathways RTC


Since 2009, the Research and Training Center (RTC) for Pathways to Positive Futures has worked to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people, and their families, and based in a positive development framework.

Research Framework

Pathways RTC's work is grounded in the best available research, built on a single conceptual framework that is based on a synthesis of research evidence together with positive development and recovery approaches. This framework guides an intervention approach focused on building young people's assets in four areas: 1) self-determination and positive identity, 2) youth- and young adult-directed decision making, 3) skills needed for adult roles, and 4) supportive relationships with peers and adults. We have developed and tested a variety of interventions designed to improve outcomes for transition-age youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions.

Training, Technical Assistance, and Dissemination Activities

In addition to our research projects, Pathways staff have undertaken a rich array of training and technical assistance activities. For example, our training collaborative developed a series of Online Modules designed for individuals who work with transition-aged youth. Pathways is also recognized for its expertise in dissemination, for the annual review Focal Point, and the development of other valuable resources for the field, young adults and families. These include print resources available for download as well as other innovative formats such as e-learning tools and comics. In addition, Pathways researchers present at national conferences and collaborate with partners in child welfare, mental health, education, vocational rehabilitation and other relevant organizations to further the wide dissemination and application of Pathways RTC's products and findings.