State of the Science Conference Proceedings 2013

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"State-of-the-Science Conference Proceedings: Improving Outcomes for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions"

This proceedings monograph summarizes the events of the 2013 State-of-the-Science conference, which began with a review of the Pathways to Positive Futures model. The Pathways model is a positive development (PD) approach for working with "emerging adults" who have serious mental health conditions and related needs.

Individual Sections

  • Abstract

    The Proceedings describes the results of discussions among young people, family members, researchers and service providers at the 2013 State-of-the-Science Conference regarding how providers can work productively and effectively with young people who experience SMHCs.

  • Pathways to Positive Futures

    Background on the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures is provided in this introduction.

  • The Pathways to Positive Futures Model: Overview

    The Pathways to Positive Futures Model defines a positive development (PD) approach for working with "emerging adults" who have serious mental health conditions and related needs.

  • Agenda and Opening Plenary

    The conference began with a plenary session that focused on providers' role in helping young people activate change in their lives.

  • Session 1: Activating Change

    This session focused on identifying specific practice elements that providers use to help young people to activate changes they desire in their lives.

  • Session 2: Working with Young People with Diverse Social Identities

    Session 2 involved an examination of the ways in which the Pathways model might—or might not—work for young people belonging to diverse social identity groups.

  • Session 3: Instrumental Social Support

    During this session, conference participants discussed sources of social support for young people and the needs addressed by social support.

  • Session 4: Supporting the Approach

    Session 4 focused on the agency supports, barriers, and needed changes that either promote or inhibit the implementation of a Pathways-like approach and the ability to effectively work with young adults.

  • Session 5: Tackling the Hard Questions

    This session focused on: challenges can arise when young people and their families have different perspectives; the future of peer support; youth-provider relationships; and issues with systems that are oriented toward compliance.

  • Final Comments

    This section of the Proceedings reflects on conference participants' feedback and reception to the Pathways Model and other themes from the discussions.

  • References

  • Acknowledgments

  • Appendix A: Attendees and Reviewers

  • Appendix B: Agenda

  • Appendix C: Session Worksheets

  • Appendix D: Scientific Addendum: Theoretical, Empirical and Methodological Background for the Pathways Model