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

April 16, 2020

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Upcoming Webinar: Collaboration Between Youth Partners and Family Partners in Wraparound

Date/Time: April 30, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

Youth/Young Adult Peer Support is a relatively new addition to Wraparound. Programs sometimes struggle with understanding how teamwork is best enhanced when there is both a family partner and a youth partner involved. This webinar focuses on optimizing the connection between youth and family peer support partners when they are working together on Wraparound teams. It will cover key strategies on how to collaborate on addressing common challenges with life scenarios.

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Upcoming Webinar: Decision Points in Your Agency: What to Consider when Working with Youth Peers

Date/Time: May 4, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

This webinar focuses on important points to consider when hiring or contracting with youth peer support specialists. This includes the pros and cons of partnering with an outside agency, conducting internal hires, considering full or part-time positions, recommended policies and procedures, etc. The webinar is hosted by Maria Hermsen-Kritz and Caitlin Baird, two experienced youth peer support specialists and supervisors.

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Practice Brief: Supporting the Youth Peer Workforce

Peer support is fast emerging as a promising and widely endorsed addition to the array of mental health services available to young people experiencing serious mental health conditions. This practice brief, prepared in collaboration with the Northwest MHTTC, offers strategies for supporting youth peer support specialists and addressing common challenges they face.

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Understanding Neurobiology of Psychological Trauma: Tips for Working with Transition-Age Youth

This tip sheet, first published in November, 2017, introduces 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.

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Resources and Tips for Covid-19

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Webinar: Recovery LIVE! Peer Support Workers across the Continuum of Crisis Services

Date/Time: April 23, 2020, 11am – 2pm PT / 2pm – 5pm ET

SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) invites you to join national experts in a conversation about approaches to providing peer support across the continuum of crisis response services. This event will focus on peer-run respite programs, warm lines, and peer support services within hospital emergency departments. Presentations by Jeanmarie Perrone, Marie O’Donnell and Val Neff will cover program models and their successes, as well as best and promising practices for implementation.

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NNED Virtual Roundtable: Communities Respond to COVID-19 with Innovative High-impact Strategies

Date/Time: April 23, 2020, 12pm – 1:30pm PT / 3pm – 4:30pm ET

COVID-19 brings new health, economic, and social crises on a daily basis. These crises especially affect lower-income, ethnic minority communities with job loss, food insecurity, and lower access to health care. The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) partner organizations across the country have rapidly pulled together—demonstrating collective strength, innovation, and new partnerships—to address the particular needs of their residents. Their efforts to reduce the anxiety and mental health stressors associated with COVID-19 expand the capacities of local healthcare systems to care for diverse populations. Join this NNED Virtual Roundtable to learn about actionable and accessible strategies that diverse communities are initiating to move through these difficult times.

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Webinar: Peer Delivered Services: A Broad Exploration

Date/Time: May 13, 2020, 1pm PT / 4pm ET

Peer delivered services are increasingly being recognized for their value, and becoming more readily available. Come learn more about this emerging field! In peer support, we believe recovery is possible for all and work to support others to achieve their self-directed recovery. This webinar will be presented by Adrienne Scavera and Janie Gullicksen with Northwest MHTTC, and will provide a broad overview of the history, research, misconceptions, implementation, supervision and benefits of peer delivered services.

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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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