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

September 13, 2022

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News from Pathways RTC

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Efficacy of the Project Futures Model

This study is the first identified randomized experiment to evaluate a post-secondary support program for enrolled college students with foster care backgrounds and mental health challenges. Analysis showed evidence of intervention impact on important targeted outcomes at post-intervention and/or 6-month follow-up, including self-determination, career-related self-efficacy and career exploration activities, and mental health self-efficacy and empowerment.

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Research Update on Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults

This brief report summarizes recently-published research relevant to peer support for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions. The report reviews research published since 2018, when Pathways RTC produced its last report on this topic.

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Pathways Comics and Study Guide: Natural Supports

Travel back to the first episode of the Pathways Comics, a narrative exploration of how support from friends and neighbors can be critical during tough times. The companion study guide for service providers raises questions for discussion and points for reflection.

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Stuff We Like


Opportunity: Survey on Non-Traditional Employment Among People with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability who works or has recently worked (within the last 6 months) in a nontraditional job, such as a temp agency, freelance, contract, piecemeal work, or app-based job such as Uber, TaskRabbit, Handy, or Upwork, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology want you to take our Contingent Employment Participation Survey (CEPS).

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Virtual Expo: Prioritizing Lived Expertise in Child Welfare

Date/Time: September 28, 2022, 7:00am – 1:30pm PT / 10:00am – 4:30pm ET

Learn about the power of intentionally partnering with people with lived experience and expertise from experts in youth and family engagement. All sessions of the Expo were designed and led by young adults and family representatives with lived experience and expertise in child welfare, working together with Capacity Building Center for States (Center for States) staff and other partners.

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Webinar: The Human Stress Response System

Date/Time: September 20, 2022, 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET

This webinar will explore the impact stress has on learning and behavior. We will learn about the human stress response system and different ways it manages stress. We will also process through the four modes of human regulation and ways to promote them in the learning environment. 

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Recorded Webinar: Youth Trauma and Resilience in Contexts of Poverty

A growing body of research has begun to change understandings of how toxic environments can affect young people, particularly African American boys and young men. In this webinar, we hear about risk and protective factors for youth exposed to poverty, racism, and violence, and about how research, policy, and practice can incorporate these lessons.

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Recorded Webinar: Career and Technical Education

Research shows that participation in Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework in high school provides opportunities to improve the otherwise poor employment and post-secondary outcomes of learners with serious mental health conditions. The webinar describes opportunities for engaging learners in high school CTE to help them prepare for high-wage, high-skill, in-demand employment opportunities or participation in post-secondary education.

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Short Videos: Addressing Substance Use and Suicide Risk Vis Telehealth

Two short videos focus on caring for adolescents’ behavioral/mental health via telehealth. These videos highlight some unique opportunities and considerations related to addressing adolescent substance use in a telehealth environment, as well as addressing suicide risk in a telehealth environment.

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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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