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Family social work, Social work with children, Youth -- Counseling of, Young adults -- Mental health -- United States, Youth -- Mental health services -- Management


It is our hope that this study guide can be a helpful training, coaching, and conversational tool to help supervisors and staff think through the nuances of this particular working relationship. It can be used when onboarding new staff, when a family partner is working alongside a youth partner for the first time (or vice versa), when addressing challenges that come up, or simply to check in on and refresh staff skills. In addition, it can be used during one-on-one supervision as well as in a group training or coaching session. This tool also may be useful for colleagues who work alongside family partners and youth partners, such as care coordinators, clinicians, case workers, and others.


A product of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work, Portland State University.

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