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Young adults -- United States, Youth with social disabilities -- United States, Youth -- Services for -- United States, Social work with youth


From 2010 through 2012, the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative (PTTC) worked collaboratively to identify core competencies for service providers working in mental health services with young adults of transition age. Since then, the Pathways Transition Training Partnership (PTTP) has collaborated with partners to update and clarify the core competencies. Competencies include the values, attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to engage youth and young adults and provide effective services and supports to young people and families. Each of the 15 core competencies is defined, followed by the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate it, and an example of the competency in practice. We note that these competencies are based on a set of values that include respect for the worth and self-determination of young people, a commitment to respecting youths’ cultures and strengths, and a belief in the importance of relationships and supports to promote well-being.


Produced by Pathways Transition Training Partnership, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR, in consultation with the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative, Youth M.O.V.E. National and Pathways Transition Training Partners.

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