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Pathways RTC's newsletter featuring the latest news and research on youth and young adult mental health

August 20, 2019

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News from Pathways RTC

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New Journal Article: Training Needs of Peer and Non-Peer Transition Service Providers: Results of a National Survey

Pathways staff collaborated with Youth MOVE National on a research project designed to identify transition service providers' self-reported training needs to serve young people more effectively. A total of 254 peer support providers and non-peer providers reported their areas of greatest training need, their preferred training modalities, and barriers to their participation in training opportunities. Findings will be of particular interest to trainers, educators, and administrators involved in workforce development.

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New: Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs Evaluation Report

The Pathways Transition Training Partnership announces a new report on an evaluation of the Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs. Peer and non-peer service providers who participated in an online evaluation rated most components of the video briefs as "very helpful." The video briefs may be useful for individual skill development or in team-based workforce development activities. The 5–7 minute video briefs are accompanied by discussion questions and online resources that address topics such as trauma-informed care, promoting family support, and working with LGBTQ youth.

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Watch the video briefs »

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

This Pathways resource, developed by the Career Visions project in 2014, offers guidance for young adults interested in career path exploration. It outlines three career exploration questions for young people to ask themselves, and steps for how to explore their interests further through informational interviews and internet research. It also discusses some common career myths. The Career Visions project focused on the career planning and development of young adults between the ages of 20–25 with mental health issues.

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Stuff We Like

Lessons for Developing Effective Program Curricula that Serve Youth

This Child Trends brief highlights the process they used in developing El Camino, the Child Trends goal-setting and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum designed for Latino youth in the United States. It outlines the key steps they took, and insights and recommendations for other program developers. Links to related research on the El Camino program are also included.

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Hunting for Better Health Outcomes: A Geocaching Toolkit for Individuals with Mental Illnesses

The Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion has created a manual for recreation therapists and other mental health professionals on how to use geocaching as a tool to improve health outcomes of individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI). The manual includes an overview of geocaching and the potential benefits and provides detailed intervention recommendations.

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Webinar: Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive Care Through Training, Referral and Treatment for Youth and Families

Date/Time: September 5, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

This webinar discusses the services and main outcomes of the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) – a statewide project funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) through the NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) with additional funding from the Lookout Foundation and the Department of Mental Health. Presenters will discuss the main goals of CTTC, including: 1) providing training to child serving professionals (within pediatrics, schools, law enforcements, courts) in trauma-informed care and practices; 2) referring children and families to evidence-based trauma treatment through a Centralized Referral System, LINK-KID; and 3) providing training to clinicians in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Project outcomes measuring the impact of TF-CBT on child's and caregiver's symptoms and overall functioning from our first grant cycle (2012-2016) will also be presented.

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Webinar: Housing Learning Community – Housing with Special Populations Part 1

Date/Time: September 11, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

Part of a series of six bi-weekly virtual learning community sessions intended for providers interested in exploring, establishing, or improving housing for their clients with substance use and/or mental health disorders, part 1 of Housing with Special Populations will focus on women with children/families and transition age youth. Hosted by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the Housing Learning Community sessions will run from August 28 to November 6, 2019.

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Transitions ACR Webinar: Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions

Date/Time: September 12, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

In this webinar, presenters Marsha Langer Ellison and Laura Golden will present best practices for transition planning identified through their research with the Learning & Working RRTC. This webinar will describe the content of three manuals from the "Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST)" project created to guide secondary school transition planners to use and adopt these practices. They will discuss the process and outcomes for using an implementation science framework to develop and pilot the guides in two states.

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Call for Proposals: 2020 Training Institutes

Date/Location: June 29 – 30, 2020 (Pre-Institutes) / July 1 – 3, 2020 (Training Institutes), Orlando, FL

The 2020 Training Institutes, #WhatCouldBe: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families, challenge us to build on existing delivery systems for children's services with new ideas and approaches. Proposals welcomed to present knowledge, best-practice strategies, research, results, and ideas from individuals with expertise in integrating systems and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families. The submission deadline is September 16, 2019, 8:59 PT / 11:59 ET.

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Webinar: Project FUTURES: Findings from a Near-Peer Coaching Intervention for College Students with Foster Care Backgrounds and Mental Health Challenges

Date/Time: September 18, 2019, 1pm – 2pm PT, 4pm – 5pm ET

Part of the National Research Collaborative for Foster Alumni and Higher Education (NRC-FAHE)'s webinar series, this webinar will feature presenters from Pathways RTC, Jennifer Blakeslee and Becky Miller. They will present a range of findings and lessons learned from Pathways FUTURES interventions study, which tested evidence-based mentoring strategies for college freshmen with lived experience in foster care and with mental health stressors.

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Call for Proposals: 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Date/Location: March 15 – 18, 2020, Tampa, FL

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals for presentations on research benefitting children, youth and their families. Now in its 33rd year, the "Tampa Conference" encourages researchers, evaluators, and policymakers to become engaged in developing creative solutions for the issues facing the country's most challenged children and their families. The submission deadline is October 11, 2019.

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2019 Online KT Conference: Innovative KT Strategies that Work!

Date/Time: October 28, 30, and November 1, 2019, 10am – 2pm PT, 1pm – 5pm ET

KITDRR, the Center On Knowledge Translation for Disability & Rehabilitation Research, will host a free conference over three days. Designed for grantees and other stakeholders of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the conference will cover setting the stage for KT, research synthesis and planning for impact, and innovative dissemination strategies and tools.

Register for the online conference »

This activity is supported by a grant funded by both the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5030). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL). The content does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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