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

New Issue of Focal Point – Community Integration: State of the Science

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The latest issue of Focal Point, Pathways RTC's annual research review, includes a series of research summaries that reflect the state of the science and project descriptions focused on the theme of community integration for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

New Journal Article on the Transition Service Provider Competency Scale

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This paper reports on the identiļ¬cation of a set of core competencies for service providers working with youth with mental health needs in the transition years and the development and psychometric testing of the Transition Service Provider Competency Scale (TSPCS), a 15-item self-report instrument.

Help Test New Tool to Assess Inclusion of Youth Voice at the System Level

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Are you part of a local, regional, state or national-level advisory or governance committee/ council that includes young people as members? If so, we invite you to have your committee/ council participate in our project to develop the Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice on Commitees and Councils (Y-VOC). Committees/ councils participate via an online survey, and can receive a report on their scores. Each participant also has a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Updated Core Competencies for Transition Service Providers

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Building on work first published in 2010, the Pathways Transition Training Partnership (PTTP) has collaborated with partners to update and clarify the core competencies needed by service providers working in mental health services with young adults of transition age. This new resource defines each of the 15 core competencies along with the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate it, and an example of the competency in practice.

New Webinar Recording on College Success for Young Adults with Foster Care Experience

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This webinar focused on programs designed to support young adults with mental health stressors and foster care experience to succeed in college. Representatives from multiple programs shared details of their implementation successes and lessons learned, program sustainability, and what further questions need to be explored with research. This webinar will be of interest for others looking to establish or strengthen resources in their own universities/communities, as well as other researchers, providers and program administrators working in the field, and young adults with lived experiences.

New Journal Article on Caregiver Strain and Work-Life Integration

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This article examined employment engagement (i.e., months of employment, hours worked per week, days of work missed due to the child's challenges) among caregivers of children and youth entering community-based mental health service systems.

State-of-the-Science Research Briefs

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In this collection of briefs, Pathways staff and collaborators explore the State of the Science in young adult mental health and identify future research needs. These briefs and related Pathways research project summaries are focused on peer support, training for providers, supporting community participation and social network enhancement for young adults, as well as youth voice and family involvement.

New Tip Sheet: Understanding Neurobiology of Psychological Trauma

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This tip sheet from the Pathways Transition Training Partnership introduces service providers to scientifically-informed findings about brain development and trauma specific to young adults and the implications for trauma-informed interventions and trauma-informed engagement of young people in services.