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Recent Publications

FAQ: Youth & Young Adult Peer Support: What Research Tells Us About its Effectiveness in Mental Health Services (PDF)

Scales (Spanish Version): Introduction to the Escala de Empoderamiento de los Jóvenes — Salud Mental (Youth Efficacy / Empowerment Scale— Mental Health) and the Participación de Jóvenes en Planificación (Youth Participation in Planning Scale). (PDF)

Journal Article: Better Futures: A Validated Model for Increasing Postsecondary Preparation and Participation of Youth in Foster Care with Mental Health Challenges (Journal Website)

Workshop/Training: Keep Your Head in the Game (PDF)

Research Review: Focal Point: Trauma-Informed Care (PDF)

Book Chapter: Challenges and Supports for Employed Parents of Children and Youth with Special Needs (Book Website)


New FAQ on Youth and Young Adult Peer Support

Efforts to provide peer support for young people are becoming more and more common. This FAQ describes the research evidence for peer support, as well as some of the challenges that can be expected when peer support is implemented.

Read the FAQ (PDF) »

New Spanish Translation of YES-MH and YPP Scales

Pathways RTC now has Spanish language translations of the Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale-Mental Health (YES-MH) and Youth Participation in Planning (YPP) Scale. These measures were first introduced in English in 2007 by the RTC on Family Support and Children's Mental Health (now Pathways RTC). Introductions to the Spanish and English versions are available online, and administration and scoring information can be obtained at no charge with permission.

Download the Scales in Spanish (PDF) »

Download the Scales in English (PDF) »

New Article: Better Futures Model

Better Futures is an experimentally validated model for increasing the higher education participation of youth with mental health conditions in foster care. From now until September 28th, you can read about this model for free online from Children and Youth Services Review. This article highlights components of Better Futures along with theoretical underpinnings and experimental findings.

Read the article »

Pathways Investigator Speaks at Congressional Briefings

On May 11, 2015, Tamara Sale, Director of the EASA Center of Excellence at Portland State University and Co-Principal Investigator of Pathways' EASA Connections project, spoke at the early psychosis Congressional briefings. The briefings were sponsored and organized by the National Council for Behavioral Health and National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

View the transcript (PDF) »

Workshop for Youth in Transition

A new workshop for youth in transition has been developed through a partnership between Better Futures (a Pathways RTC project) and FosterClub. This workshop is focused on the challenges youth transitioning from foster care may face while pursuing their goals around higher education and provides resources and tools for young people and adult supporters to proactively pursue higher education while maintaining mental health and wellness.

View the workshop (PDF) »

New Issue of Focal Point on Trauma-Informed Care

This issue of Focal Point focuses on trauma-informed care and its growing relevance in research, official policy, practice methods, and organizational structure.

Read the issue or individual articles »

Recruiting Teams for Free Fall Online Training Program

The PTTP project is developing supplementary training resources to accompany its online training modules and an evaluation of training outcomes. PTTP is recruiting partner organizations where a team of staff will agree to participate in the online training series, engage in team-based exercises and discussions of the content, and complete a simple training evaluation.

More information (PDF) »

Special Issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research with Guest Editors from Pathways RTC: Spring 2015

This special issue, which is available online and will be printed in spring of 2015, highlights new research about interventions and programs that are successful in improving outcomes for emerging adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

Read the abstracts and self-archived manuscripts in full text »

Two Pathways Tipsheets Translated into Spanish

Translation of these tipsheets for service providers was supported by the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (see full acknowledgments on the back of the tip sheets).

Three New Training Modules

We are pleased to announce the release of the next three online modules in the Pathways Transition Training Partnership's training series for service providers working with youth and young adults. These modules focus on providing culturally responsive services and the specific focus of each is as follows:

The development of the contents of this website was supported by funding from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, United States Department of Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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