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

September 23, 2020

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New Webinar Recording: Supporting Youth Peers During COVID-19

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. This webinar covered 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.

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Research Brief: Preliminary Efficacy of a Near-Peer Coaching Intervention for College Students with Mental Health Challenges and Foster Care Backgrounds

This research brief shares findings from a small, randomized controlled study of Project FUTURES, a post-secondary support and retention program for college students with foster care experience and self-identified mental health concerns.

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Research Brief: Exploring College Student Identity Among Young People With Foster Care Histories and Mental Health Challenges

This research brief shares findings from a study that explored the perspectives of college students participating in the Project FUTURES intervention. Researchers used qualitative interviews to better understand how the relationship between students’ foster care identity and their newly forming student identities might impact academic success.

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Featured Publication: AMP’s Top Ten Tips for Engaging With Young People

This tip sheet advises service providers how to engage successfully with youth and young adults, using specific examples of effective (and ineffective) communication.

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Stuff We Like


Webinar: Sharpening the View: Improving Foster Youth Data to Boost Educational Outcomes

Date/Time: September 24, 2020, 11am – 12pm PT / 2pm – 3pm ET

This presentation highlights the importance of actionable data to improve educational outcomes for foster youth in California. Combining the lessons learned from the previous foster youth research conducted at Educational Results Partnership, this presentation explores the key role that data has in increasing equity for foster youth.

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The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19

Date/Location: October 15 – 16, 2020, Online

The Philadelphia Coalition for Queer Justice and Intersectional Equity has partnered with Institute of Innovation and Implementation to host a two-day virtual symposium on the state of LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system and how their experiences have changed in light of COVID-19 – The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19. Now more than ever, there is a need to share what’s working for frontline professionals across the country. Registration deadline is September 28, 2020.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) and Qualitative Evaluation

Location: Baltimore, MD

An exciting postdoctoral fellowship opportunity is available with The PATIENTS Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). The primary mentor is Professor C. Daniel Mullins within the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) Department. Fellowships within the PHSR department provide multidisciplinary, advanced training to health services researchers and clinicians and prepare fellows for positions in academia, government, the pharmaceutical or insurance industries, and consulting.

For more information, contact patients@rx.umaryland.edu »

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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