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

May 21, 2020

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Upcoming Webinar – Advanced Skills for Youth- and Young Adult-Driven Practice: Recognizing and Managing the Urge to Lead

Date/Time: June 23, 2020, 11am – 12:30m PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET

Many of the practice models that providers use in their work with youth and young adults contain the expectation that the young people's perspectives and priorities will drive planning, care and treatment. However, providers are often uncertain about exactly what this kind of youth- or young adult-driven approach looks like in practice. This webinar will use videos drawn from real interactions between young people and providers to demonstrate skills and techniques that providers can use to maintain a youth-/young adult-driven approach, particularly in situations where providers are tempted to “lead” the young person to a new perspective, as when the provider fears that the young person is making a bad or risky choice.

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New Issues of Pathways Comics: Parts 3 and 4 of “Dropping In”

Pathways comics are created by and for young adults and the people that care about them. These two new issues of Volume 4, “Dropping In,” continue the visit to a drop-in center and explore the concept of peer support.

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New Webinar Recording Available: Collaboration Between Youth Partners and Family Partners in Wraparound

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, which aired April 30, 2020, focuses on optimizing the connection between youth and family peer support partners when they are working together on Wraparound teams. It covers key strategies on how to collaborate on addressing common challenges through a discussion of real-life scenarios. The Practice Brief and Study Guide (see below) complement the webinar content.

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New Practice Brief and Study Guide: How Youth Partners Can Collaborate with Family Partners in Wraparound

This pair of documents provides guidance on bridging connections between youth partners and family partners on Wraparound teams. The peer practice brief describes methods of collaboration and tips for addressing common challenges, and provides scenarios for practicing the material during staff training or coaching. The accompanying study guide provides answers to questions introduced in the practice brief scenarios.

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New Webinar Recording Available: Decision Points in Your Agency: What to Consider When Working with Youth Peers

This webinar, which aired May 4, 2020, 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 was hosted by Maria Hermsen-Kritz and Caitlin Baird, two experienced youth peer support specialists and supervisors.

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Focal Point Special Compilation Issue: Youth Voice, 2007 – 2019

This special compilation issue of Focal Point, the annual research review for Pathways RTC, featured a selection of contributions by youth and young adults that originally appeared between 2007 and 2019.

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Stuff We Like


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Treatment and Services Research at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC)

OSLC has a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in treatment and services research. The Fellow will work with Drs. Michael McCart and Ashli Sheidow on NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects. NIH projects currently include multiple NIDA and NIMH awards, including a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial, multi-site randomized trials, a task-shifting experimental trial, and an experimental mediation trial. These studies involve a variety of high-risk populations including adolescents, emerging adults with substance use and mental health issues, as well as justice-involved and other high risk youth and adults. This postdoctoral fellow will primarily work on the NIDA-funded stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial (#R01DA050669), which focuses on leveraging evidence to activate parents of justice-involved youth (LEAP). Integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding.

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Webinar: How to Build Trusting Relationships with Teams and Young Adults

Date/Time: May 26, 2020, 10:30am – 12pm PT / 1:30pm – 3pm ET

Building trusting relationships between state, local and academic teams and with youth and young adults is an integral part of nurturing a culture of mutuality and co-creation. This webinar will discuss the strategies implemented by the Transitional Age Youth and Young Adults (TSAI) System of Care initiative in Massachusetts to create a culture that prioritizes the communal co-authoring of narratives in support of services that young adults believe in.

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Webinar: Addressing Suicide Prevention in African American Youth: Risk and Protective Factors

Date/Time: July 16, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

There has been a significant jump in the rate of suicide among African American youth. These latest findings reinforce the need for more extensive research into the contributing factors along with greater investment in suicide prevention and intervention strategies that are tailored to the needs of Black children and teens.

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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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