Pathways Transition Training Collaborative (PTTC) (2009-2014)

Project Staff

Pauline Jivanjee: Co-Principal Investigator.

Eileen Brennan: Co-Principal Investigator.

Claudia Sellmaier: Graduate Research Assistant.

Goutam Saha: Coordinator of Video Production.

Description

The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative (PTTC): Community of Practice Training

The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative was developed to enhance the skills of service providers working with young people with serious mental health conditions and to provide information and tools for young people and their family members, service providers, researchers, and policy makers involved in developing and implementing effective transition-focused interventions, policies, and research.

A nation-wide advisory group, the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative was made up of young adults, family members, and interdisciplinary representatives of universities, organizations and agencies that serve young people with serious mental health conditions and their families.

With input from these advisors through quarterly conference calls, individual meetings, and small workgroups, we also developed a set of competencies for service providers working with youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. We also developed a Transition Service Provider Competency Scale and two tip sheets.

The core competencies were the basis for the development of an interdisciplinary graduate level course titled "Improving Youth Transitions," that was been co-taught by a faculty instructor, a young adult, and a parent. Students evaluated the course using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and the majority of feedback was positive. Course content was then developed into a series of free one-hour online training modules focused on Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood that address the skills needed by service providers who work with young people with serious mental health conditions. All modules are interactive and feature a young person with mental health needs and service providers who work with young adults.

Publications and Products

Transition Service Provider Competency Scale

The TSPCS is a self-assessment scale for service providers to assess their own level of confidence in a range of competencies for providing effective supports to youth and young adults in the transition years.

Strengthening Family Support for Young People with Mental Health Needs in the Transition to Adulthood: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers

This document instructs service providers in strategies for engaging families in supporting young people with the transition to adulthood.

Tips on Core Competencies for Transition Service Providers

This document describes ten competencies that transition service providers working with young people with mental health difficulties should develop in order to be effective.

Transition Service Provider Competencies

The Pathways Transition Training competencies represent the skills needed to work effectively with diverse youth and young adults with mental health conditions and their families. They were developed by a national collaborative group of young adults, family members, cross-system service providers and interdisciplinary researchers.

Transition Resources in the Portland Area

The Transition Services Directory lists programs available in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Area for young people ages 14-30 who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Training Recruitment Brochure

This brochure was used for recruiting partners in a training evaluation for the Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood online training.

Presentations

Work-Family Fit and Maternal and Child Mental Health

Presented at the Work and Family Researchers Network Conference. New York, NY, June, 2014.

Challenges and Supports for Employed Parents of Children and Youth with Special Needs

Symposium presented at the Work and Family Researchers Network Conference. New York, NY, June, 2014.

Promoting Youth Empowerment, Youth Voice, and Leadership through Training

Paper presented at the 24th Annual Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference. Washington, DC, November, 2013.

Supporting Working Parents of Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges

Paper presented at the 24th Annual Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Conference. Washington, DC, November, 2013.

Promoting Youth Empowerment, Youth Voice, and Leadership through Training

Presented at the Mega Conference, Salem, OR, October 16, 2013.

Participatory Mental Health Research with Young People: Experiences and Lessons Learned

Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Youth Mental Health, Brighton, U.K., October 2, 2013.

Using Research to Improve Practice with Young People with Mental Health Needs: A U.S. Perspective

Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Youth Mental Health, Brighton, U.K., September 30, 2013.

Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood: Online Training to Support Young People with Mental Health Needs

Presented at the 26th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL, March 5, 2013.

Supporting Youth with Mental Health Difficulties to Be the Agents in their Own Life

Presented at the Oregon Youth Transition Program Statewide Conference, Hood River, OR, February 21, 2013; and at the Oregon Association of Vocational Special Needs Personnel Conference, Hood River, OR, February 22, 2013.

Employed Family Caregivers: Workplace Supports, Work-family Conflict and Health

Presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 29, 2012.

On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adult Life

Webinar presented November 4, 2011.

Transition Age Mental Health Services in the Portland Area

Poster presented at Bridges to Baccalaureate Annual Meeting and Poster Symposium, Portland, OR, September 16, 2011.

Family Involvement in Transitions to Adulthood

Webinar presented May 24, 2011.

Work-Life Integration Issues for Parents Raising Children with ADHD

Presented at Community, Work, & Family IV, Tampere, Finland, May 2011.

Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Young People with Mental Health Needs: Youth Experiences and Recommendationsa

Presented at the First European Conference on Social Work Research, Oxford, U.K., March 2011.

Navigating the Transition to Adulthood: Self-assessment of Service Provider Competencies

Presented at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, University of South Florida, March 2011.

Resolving Work-Family Issues of Parents Raising Children with Disabilities: A Human Resource Training Intervention

Presented at Society for Social Work and Research in Tampa, FL, January 15, 2011.

Bridging the Gap: What Service Providers Need to Know, Believe, and Do

Webinar presented November 16, 2010.

Improving Youth Transitions: Course Development with a Community of Practice

Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Conference on October 15, 2010.

Previous Publications (2004 – 2009): from the project "Transition to Independence – Outcomes of School-Based Support for Youth with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities"

Paving the Way: Meeting Transition Needs of Young People with Developmental Disabilities and Serious Mental Health Conditions

This report ncludes eight case studies of programs providing innovative services and six short descriptions of specific best practices.

Starting Points for Communities Developing New Transition Programs for Young People with Mental Health Difficulties

This report presents a synthesis of lessons learned and advice gained from young people, families, and transition service providers.

Previous Presentations (2004 – 2009): from the project "Transition to Independence – Outcomes of School-Based Support for Youth with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities"

Serving Transition-aged Youth with Dual Diagnoses

Presented at the 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference in Tampa, FL, March 2010.

What to do when you have two (diagnoses)

Presented at the Building on Family Strengths Conference: Putting Youth & Families First in Portland, OR, June 2009.

Previous Presentations (2004 – 2009): from the project "Voices of Youth and Families – Community Integration of Transition-Age Youth"

Involving Young People with Mental Health Needs and Parents in Qualitative Research

Presented at the 10th Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 2009.

Improving Transitions to Adulthood for Youth with Mental Health Needs: Youth and Parents' Experiences and Recommendation for Improving Transition Supports

Presented at the 2009 Building on Family Strengths Conference: Putting Youth & Families First in Portland, OR, June 2009.

What Makes a Difference for Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs? A Comparison of European American and African American Perspectives on Community Integration

Presented at the Washington State Adolescent Health Conference Partnership for Healthy Youth Conference in SeaTac, WA, August 2007.

Community Integration of Young Adults with Mental Health Difficulties: Family Perspectives and Comparison of African American and European American Youth Perspectives

Presented at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health's Building on Family Strengths Conference in Portland, OR, June 2007.

School and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Transition-Age Youth with Mental Health Difficulties: Comparing Experiences of European American and African American Youth

Presented at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health's Building on Family Strengths Conference in Portland, OR, June 2007.

Young Adults with Mental Health Needs Transitioning to Adulthood: European American and African American Perspectives

Presented at the 2006 National State of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities in Philadelphia, PA, September 2006.

Young Adults with Mental Health Needs Transitioning to Adulthood: Family Perspectives on Community Integration

Presented at the 2006 National State of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities in Philadelphia, PA, September 2006. Note: Earlier presentations were titled “Voices of Youth and Families on Transitions and Community Integration” at the Federation of Families Conference in Washington, DC, November 2005.

Community Integration of Transition-Age Youth: Voices of Youth and Young Adults

Presented at the 19th Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base in Tampa, FL, February 2006.