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

July 23, 2020

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Upcoming Webinar: Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19

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

COVID-19 has changed the way mental health professionals and youth peers serve their populations. This can cause stress for providers in addition to struggles they may already be experiencing due to the impact of COVID in their personal lives. In this webinar, we will cover how your organization can support youth peer staff, supervision strategies for supporting youth peers, and recommendations on how youth peer support specialists can support their youth while maintaining boundaries. The webinar is hosted by Maria Hermsen-Kritz and Caitlin Baird, two experienced youth peer support specialists and supervisors.

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New E-Learning Study Guide: Improvables

Pathways has released a new study guide for the "Improvables" e-learning module. This guide can be used for self-guided learning, during a training, or in one-on-one or group supervision. The guide is intended to promote reflection on the issues and ideas raised by the module, which illustrates common mistakes providers make in attempting to have youth- and young adult-driven conversations.

Check out " Improvables" tool and study guide »

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Webinar Recording: Using Text and Email with Clients – Guidance and Resources for Providers

This webinar from October 2019 was co-hosted by Pathways, Oregon Health & Science University / Portland State University School of Public Health, and the EASA Center for Excellence, and discussed the technical and administrative requirements for the ethical, HIPAA-compliant use of text and email.

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Stuff We Like


The 14th Annual Peer Support Conference is Going Virtual

Date/Location: October 13 – 17, 2020, Online

The theme of the conference is "We Count! Uniting the Peer Support Workforce." Early bird registration is open until September 15, 2020.

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Webinar: Real Talk in Real Time: Creating an Instrument to Measure Parent Support Effectiveness

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

Kansas is a large state with a lot of geographic diversity. Within 30 minutes of most major cities are rural communities and much of the state qualifies as "frontier." Making sure that parents in all different types of environments get the parent support they need is an ongoing challenge and one on which it is difficult to measure progress through the typical satisfaction surveys that are collected from community mental health centers. We wanted to make it easier by utilizing what everyone has these days: a mobile phone. The System of Care in Kansas, called Kansans Together, created a specific instrument that could be used via mobile phone directly after receiving services. The purpose is to understand in real time how parent support was being delivered to families and the degree to which families felt they were getting the support and resources they need. This session will describe the process of how Kansas began to collect valuable information about parent support, the challenges and benefits, and next steps planned for moving forward. Attendees will learn how the instrument was developed, the ways in which stakeholders participated in its development, and how challenges were and are being met to keep moving forward.

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Webinar: The Status of Federal Policy and the Impact on College Going Among Foster and Homeless Youth: A Review for Researchers and Campus Support Providers

Date/Time: August 18, 2020, 11am – 12pm PT / 2pm – 3pm ET

This presentation from the NRC-FAHE will provide an overview of recently enacted administrative policy by the Children's Bureau and proposed legislative policy efforts that have been introduced to address college access and retention rates of foster and homeless youth. The national election is now only months away; this presentation will be interactive and time will be allocated to generate new public policy ideas to be included on NRC's advocacy agenda for the new administration.

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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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