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

November 10, 2020

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Monthly Consultation: Advanced Topics in Strengthening Youth/Young Adult Peer Support

Date/Time: November 19, 2020, 10am PT / 1pm ET

Join us for one or more of our monthly consultation web-meetings focused on "Advanced Topics in Strengthening Youth/Young Adult Peer Support." Each meeting will have its own topic, in an area such as skill building, supervision, coaching and training, organizational policies and procedures, hiring and onboarding, and more. Participants can also share their own challenges and scenarios to get ideas and feedback from the facilitators and other participants.

In the November meeting, we will discuss how youth peer support specialists (PSSs) engage in strengths-based conversations with young people, using the framework of "Strengths, Passions, Achievements, and Motivators (SPAM)." We will also include an open discussion of topics and scenarios submitted by participants. To allow for interaction and discussion, registration will be limited. Register early (below) to ensure your space!

Register for the upcoming consultation »

A recording of the October meeting, "Clarifying Youth/Young Adult Peer Roles" is also available.

View the recording »

New Interactive Module on Exploring Strengths with Young People

This module depicts a provider guiding a young adult through a conversation about strengths. Youth and young adults who are participating in mental health services are often asked about their strengths, and they report that this can be an awkward and uncomfortable conversation to have. However, when done correctly, a strengths conversation can be a positive and engaging experience, as well as a good opportunity for a provider to find out what a young person finds motivating, enjoyable and worthwhile. The module provides examples of successful ways to talk with young people about their strengths, as well as examples of some not-so-successful ways.

View the module »

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'Telehealth for Transition Age Youth' tipsheet [enable images to see]

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

This tip sheet provides options 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.

Download the tip sheet »

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Emerging Adult Community Board

Are you interested in helping to improve services and support for people experiencing substance use? We are seeking emerging adults (age 16–25) with lived experience in recovery from problem drug use to join our Community Board. Through monthly meetings, you will give input about the areas that researchers should prioritize around recovery support services and help shape research in this area.

Learn more and apply »

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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