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Recent Publications

Tipsheet: Building Community Supports for Young People in the Transition Years: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers (PDF)

Tipsheet (Spanish version): "Durante las Reuniones no Soporto Cuando..." Una Guía para Facilitadores y Miembros del Equipo ("During Meetings I Can't Stand it When..." A Guide for Facilitators and Team Members) (PDF)

Tipsheet (Spanish version): Sugerencias para tus Reuniones en Equipo: Una Guía para Jóvenes (Tips for Your Team Meetings: A Guide for Youth) (PDF)

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)


New Tipsheet for Service Providers: Building Community Supports for Young People in the Transition Years

This tipsheet from the Pathways Transition Training Partnership suggests ways providers can assist young people to strengthen their existing supports and/or to connect them with other supports, including emotional support, material assistance, and help with problem solving.

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Upcoming Webinar: "Stepping Up: Young Adult Voice in Policy Change"

Date: February 24, 2016
Time: 10am - 11:00am PST / 1pm - 2:00pm EST

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This webinar will describe a study of youth and young adult organizations who have actively worked to change policies that effect young adults with mental health challenges. The presentation will include a description of the kinds of policies that were targeted; challenges and how these were addressed; partnerships and other key resources that were used; and lessons learned. Young adults from several of the organizations interviewed will be invited to speak about their experiences.


NOTE: At this time, Pathways RTC cannot offer CEUs for webinar attendance.

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Recruiting Teams for Free Online Training Program

Want to increase your skills for working with young people with mental health conditions? Like the convenience of free on-line training? Pathways Transition Training Partnership seeks organizations with 8 or more service providers to participate in 10 one-hour online training modules sharing research-based knowledge for strength-based services, increasing family and community support, youth recovery, and youth voice. View the trailer below for a preview of the modules.

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Pathways Researcher Featured in Article on Early Intervention in Schizophrenia

Tamara Sale, Director of Oregon's Early Assessment and Support Alliance and Pathways researcher, is featured in this Highline article about the benefits of early intervention in treatment of schizophrenia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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