Transitions ACR February 2019 Newsletter
From The Director's Desk
February 25 – March 3, 2019 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness)! This year’s theme, Come As You Are , encourages inclusivity and involvement of all. It doesn’t matter what stage of recovery you’re in or your background—YOU matter! This week share your story, bust myths, reduce diet culture and increase body positivity. You can learn more about NEDAwareness Week on the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website .

Visit the Eating Disorders webpage on the Voices4Hope website to learn about the different types of eating disorders and resources for help and support. 

Voices4Hope is a website created and maintained by young adults with mental health conditions for youth and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help youth to lead happy and independent lives.

See below for some products and activities we'd like to share with you.
Empowering Youth in Transition
Comeback TV - Dress for Success: What to Wear to Job Interviews
Being new to job interviews or coming back to the interview scene after a while can be scary, especially knowing what to wear to land the job you want. In this episode Gus explains what to consider when getting professional attire.

Watch this Comback TV episode here .

Want to watch other episodes? Find them all here .
Peer Coaching at College
Young adults with mental health conditions make up a growing percentage of students on college campuses, yet many struggle academically and as a group have one of the highest dropout rates of any disability group. This webinar describes an innovative peer-to-peer academic coaching intervention designed to address facilitators and barriers identified in our research findings.

Watch the webinar here .
Download the slides .
Participatory Action Knowledge Translation
While there is a growing literature and federal funding support for Participatory Action Research (PAR), less is known about how PAR principles can be applied to Knowledge Translation. This poster describes the knowledge translation program of the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood RRTC , of the Transitions ACR and how PAR principles were infused into knowledge translation activities. This poster illustrates three knowledge translation principles and examples of use of PAR principles in knowledge translation, and resulting products.

Find the poster here .
Advancing Research
Special Section of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Dedicated to Youth & Young Adult Mental Health
Have you seen the Special Section of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal dedicated to youth & young adult mental health? This was co-edited by Transitions ACR Director , Maryann Davis, Ph.D. and Michelle R. Munson, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at NYU. "What is significant about this special section,” said Dr. Munson, “is that it summarizes the current context of young adult mental health in the U.S. and provides a set of papers with some of the latest empirical data on recovery and rehabilitation for young adults with serious mental health challenges." The five papers included in the special section provide data on the efficacy of treatment models, shed light on youth and young adults’ attitudes toward help-seeking, and offer guidance for community-based providers serving this age group.

Find the special section here .
In the News
Maryann Davis Has Been Appointed to State Task Force!
Massachusetts Governor, Charles Baker, has appointed Maryann Davis, Transitions ACR Director , to the Task Force to Examine and Study the Treatment and Impact of Individuals Ages 18 to 24 in the Court System and Correctional System. This task force consists of 20 members and its goals are to:

- Evaluate the advisability, feasibility and impact of changing the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to defendants younger than 21 years of age.
- Make recommendations for the establishment, implementation and provision to young adults, aged 18 to 24, who have been committed to the department of correction or a county correctional facility with increased and targeted age-appropriate programming and the establishment of young adult correctional units as authorized in section 48B of chapter 127 of the General Laws.

Maryann Davis, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in services and interventions for young people transitioning to adulthood with serious mental health conditions, which generally occurs between 16 and 30 years of age. 
Young Adult Corner
Work/Life Balance with Co-Morbid Health and Mental Health Conditions

When you have mental health and chronic physical health conditions maintaining a healthy work/life balance is critical to your overall well-being. Hear from one young adult as she describes ways she created a work/life balance that works for her.

Read more here .
New Career Development Course for Young Adults!
The Transitions ACR, in partnership with the MA Department of Mental Health (DMH) is offering a new, FREE career development course for young adults with lived experience of mental health conditions interested in working towards their employment and education skills. 

This free course, Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) , will meet weekly at the Webster House in Roslindale starting March 14th, and will run for thirteen weeks. **Lunch is provided**  

Want to learn more? You can attend an information session on Thursday, March 7 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Webster House in Roslindale.

To RSVP for the HYPE Information Session (Thursday March 7th 1-2:30pm) and/or the HYPE Course, please contact Amanda Costa at:

Please share this information with any young adults or families you think may be interested! 
What Is iSPARC Doing?
Hot Off the Press
Childhood trauma is well established as a major public health issue: statistics show that each year in the United States, upwards of one million youth experience violence, trauma and maltreatment and that by age 16 more than 67.8% of children witness or are victims of some type of violence. Almost half of children with a history of trauma do not receive any services because of the wait time and lack of properly trained providers. In this brief researchers from the Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) show how the training of professionals is a swift and efficient way to impact large numbers of children with trauma histories and ultimately to improve their lives, health, and well-being.

Read the brief here .
Upcoming Events
Join Us in Tampa!
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 3-6, 2019. Transitions ACR researchers Kathryn Sabella and Amanda Costa will be members of the "Business as Usual" Is Not Enough: Engaging and Innovating with Young Adults in Research and Practice Plenary Panel. We hope you’ll join us in Tampa.

Learn more about the conference here .

Don't miss our Researcher Networking event on Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm in Bayshore V.
Lunch & Learn Web-based Seminar Series for Employers of Young Adult Peer Mentors
Join the Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for online training opportunities that incorporate interactive learning and useful tools for effective employment of young adults in peer roles.

The third “Lunch & Learn” webinar with Vanessa Klodnick, PhD and special guest Jon Delman PhD, JD, Transitions ACR reseacher in on March 14th.

On-the-Job Wellness & Effectively Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations by Addressing & Preventing Young Adult Peer Mentoring Significant Job Difficulties
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Register for the "Lunch & Learn" here .
Download their Effectively Employing Young Adult Peer Providers: A Toolkit   here .
Health Affairs Briefing: Patients As Consumers with
Jonathan Delman
The March 2019 issue of Health Affairs contains an expansive look at consumers’ perceptions of and perspectives on their role in the health care system. Areas examined include patient engagement in choosing plans, providers, and treatment; payment and benefit models that encourage and support consumer participation; and consumer roles in research, organization, and governance of the health care system.

Please register for a March 5 briefing event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, when panels of authors, including Transitions ACR researcher Jonathan Delman, will present their work and participate in a robust discussion of the topic with members of the audience. 

Register for the briefing here .
Who We Are
The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research   promotes the full participation in socially valued roles of transition-age youth and young adults (ages 14-30) with serious mental health conditions. The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research ( Transitions ACR ) is located within the  Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center  ( iSPARC ) and houses The Learning & Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center ( The Learning & Working RRTC ), among other projects.
The Learning & Working RRTC   is a national effort that aims to improve the supports of this population to successfully complete their schooling and training and move into rewarding work lives. 

Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and from the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

As a Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Research Center of Excellence, iSPARC aims to improve the mental and behavioral health of all citizens of Massachusetts and beyond.
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Some of the contents of this message were developed under a grant with funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5031). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this message do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and/or SAMHSA and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research is part of the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center, a Massachusetts Dept. of Mental
Health Research Center of Excellence.