The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Action research, Youth -- Mental health services -- United States, Mental health services -- Evaluation, Qualitative research
Participatory action research processes guided a national online survey of service providers working with transition age youth with mental health challenges. The survey investigated transition service providers’ ratings of the importance of competencies and skills, self-assessed need for training in these competencies and skills, their preferred training modalities, and obstacles to engaging in training. The 254 participants identified trauma-informed care, understanding youth culture, promoting natural supports, and using culturally responsive practices as most important training needs. Age, years in current job, years in transition work, and race/ethnicity predicted training needs regarding some competencies and skills. Peer providers expressed preferences for young adult-led training. Qualitative responses highlighted training needs for supporting specific underserved populations: youth from communities of color, LGBTQ youth, and those with co-occurring disorders. Results may guide future training initiatives for peer support and non-peer support providers and workforce development initiatives designed to improve behavioral health services for young people.
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Published as: Jivanjee, P., Grover, L., Thorp, K., Masselli, B., Bergan, J., & Brennan, E. M. (2019). Training Needs of Peer and Non-Peer Transition Service Providers: Results of a National Survey. The Journal Of Behavioral Health Services & Research.