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

June 17, 2020

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News from Pathways RTC

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Tip Sheet: Telehealth for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Privacy, Emotional Safety and Welfare During Covid-19 and Beyond

Pathways has released a new tip sheet that provides initial guidance for protecting the emotional safety, privacy and welfare of transition-age youth and young adults while they are participating in virtual mental health care. This list, compiled via consultation with youth peer support specialists, clinicians, and supervisors who work with young people, is intended as a starting point as services evolve to meet the challenges of this new era.

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New Pathways Comics Study Guide for Volume 4, “Dropping In”

This new Pathways Comics study guide raises questions for discussion and points for reflection about the events in Volume 4 of the Pathways Comics series, in which protagonist James visited a youth drop-in center and accessed youth peer support. This study guide can be used individually, in one-on-one or group supervision, or as a training tool to help think through the issues raised by the comic, including engaging system-weary youth in services and how to “meet youth where they’re at.”

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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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Youth Efficacy / Empowerment Scale-Mental Health (YES-MH) (Available in English or Spanish)

The Youth Efficacy / Empowerment Scale Mental Health (YES-MH) is an adaptation from the Family Empowerment Scale, and was designed to assess youth perceptions of confidence and efficacy with respect to managing their own mental health condition, managing their own services and supports, and using their experience and knowledge to help peers and improve service systems.

Complete a short survey to access the YES-MH »

Stuff We Like


Webinar: Supporting Youth Vocational Goals with Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Collaboration: Implications for the Present

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

This webinar will present findings from a 3-phase study examining collaboration related to the vocational goals of transition-age youth (ages 14–24) with serious mental health conditions between state vocational rehabilitation services and public mental health systems. Data from qualitative interviews with local vocational rehabilitation and mental health leadership from communities that received SAMHSA grants to improve services for transition-age youth with or at risk of serious mental health conditions, web surveys of key informants from programs in these communities, and the national rehabilitation services administrative database (RSA911) in regards transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions were analyzed. These findings will be presented in the first half, to be followed by a facilitated discussion by attendees about their implications in the current economic climate.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on the Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly altered delivery of clinical services to all in need, but has proven especially challenging for programs that serve youth with co-occurring substance use and mental health needs. Often, youth with co-occurring and multiply-occurring needs are best matched with intensive, home/community-based programs. Home/community-based service delivery to youth and families with high risk and multiple areas of need is challenging under the best of conditions. The physical distancing precautions and associated virtual/telehealth adaptations have only added to these existing challenges. This Learning Community Webinar is designed to support providers with strategies for engaging and maintaining youth with multiple areas of need in our new environment, and to provide a platform for a sharing of ideas regarding “lessons learned.”

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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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