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

January 22, 2020

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News from Pathways RTC

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New e-Learning Tools: "Improvables" (Parts I and II)

The newest e-learning tools from Pathways each take the viewer through a video of a real interaction between a provider and a young person, allowing them to stop along the way and explore how the provider's responses can either support or impede the goal of having a youth-driven conversation. Like our previous e-modules, these tools are meant to be an engaging learning experience that can be used alone as well as integrated into coaching, training or supervision. It is our goal that youth-service providers use these tools as an opportunity to enhance their skills and to reflect on the "improvables" in their own practice.

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New Pathways Comic Study Guides

There are now study guides available for the first two volumes of the Pathways comics, "Natural Supports" and "Not So Good…". These are guides that can be used individually, in a training, or during one-on-one or group supervision to help think through some of the issues raised in the comics, including how to have genuine conversations with young people about natural supports, supporting young people to ask for help, and things that commonly go wrong with youth engagement.

View study guide for Vol. 1 »

View study guide for Vol. 2 »

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Upcoming Webinar: Retaining and Growing the Youth Peer Support Workforce (Hosted by MHTTC)

Date/Time: February 3, 2020, 10am PT / 1pm ET

More agencies are seeing the benefits of the youth peer support specialist role, and are working hard to integrate this role within their mental health services. One challenge that many agencies have is mitigating the high level of burnout for youth peer support specialists as well as growing the workforce within their organization and/or community. In this webinar, two experienced youth peer support specialists (and youth peer support specialist supervisors) will discuss concrete strategies for retaining and growing the youth peer support workforce.

Register for the webinar »

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What Is Peer Support and What Is Not Peer Support?

There are often misconceptions about the role of a youth peer support specialist. In fact, youth peer support specialists may often find themselves defining their role by what it is not rather than by what it is. This featured product provides concrete guidance around what exactly a youth peer support specialist does and does not do, and may be useful for peers, their supervisors, their colleagues, their employing organizations, and anyone looking to learn more about this emerging workforce.

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Stuff We Like


Webinar: Moving Up the Ladder: Authentic Youth Engagement for Policy and Systems Change

Date/Time: January 28, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET

This TA Network webinar, originally scheduled for November, will ask participants to consider how systems addressing mental health and substance use can move up the engagement ladder from consultation with youth to true partnership, shared decision-making, and youth-led policy improvement. Presenters will share examples of youth engagement at different points on this continuum and push system leaders to move their organizations up the engagement ladder to achieve lasting system transformation.

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

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

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.

Register for the conference »

Transition Researcher Networking: Reception for Researchers and Aspiring Researchers in the Field of Transition Age Youth & Young Adults

Date/Location: March 16, 2020, 6 – 7:30pm, Hilton Tampa Bayshore V (at "Tampa Conference")

Come connect with researchers from around the country at this annual kickoff event hosted by the Pathways RTC and the Learning and Working RRTC. Attendees can share their own research and network with one another. New and aspiring researchers are especially encouraged to attend.

View the event flyer »

Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) 2020 Conference

Date/Time: June 24 – 27, 2020, New York, NY

The WFRN is accepting submissions for its 5th biennial conference. The conference theme is "Advancing Equality at Work and Home: Strengthening Science and Collaboration."

Learn more about the conference »

2020 Training Institutes

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

Registration is now open for the 2020 Training Institutes, #WhatCouldBe: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families. Conference sessions will focus on topic areas that are critical components of effective delivery systems for children, youth, young adults, and families. Presentations address the system of care core values of community-based, family-driven, youth-driven, and culturally and linguistically responsive designs, models, services, and approaches. Presenters and attendees are experts and leaders in the field of children’s services including parents, youth, young adults, policymakers, clinicians, researchers, and evaluators from communities across the nation.

Register for the 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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