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Social work with youth, Youth -- Mental health services, Young adults -- Mental health services, Social case work -- Planning


Human service and educational agencies and systems often convene teams to work collaboratively on plans for serving children or youth. This is particularly true for children and youth who are involved with multiple systems or who are felt to be in need of intensive intervention. hese kinds of planning teams include IEP (Individualized Education Plan) teams, wraparound teams, foster care Independent Living Program teams, transition planning teams, youth/family decision teams, and other teams that create service or treatment plans. Unfortunately, it is often true that these plans are created for youth, with little input or buy-in from the young people themselves.

In previous research on team planning, we found that adults who participated on teams were eager to involve youth in planning in a more meaningful way, but were unsure how to feasibly accomplish this goal. In response, we began work on AMP. AMP—Achieve My Plan—is a five-year project that is developing and testing ways to increase the meaningful participation of youth in collaborative team planning meetings. Here, we share some of what we have learned about how to create plans with youth, so that youth will see the plans as a means to help them move towards important life goals.


This document was created by staff and advisors of the AMP (Achieve My Plan) project at the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

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