Keynote – Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Bayshore Ballroom

Keynote Panel Presentation

Can You Afford (Not) to Improve Workforce Development for Providers Working with Youth and Young Adults?

Janet Walker, PhD, School of Social Work and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University in Portland, OR; Ashli J. Sheidow, PhD, Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, OR; Malisa Pearson, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA), Lansing, MI; Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth MOVE National; Caitlin Baird,Pathways Research and Training Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • Typically, behavioral and mental health providers who work with youth and young adults have not had the opportunity to be trained in skills specific to working with this population. In addition to training in specific interventions, providers need skill development in cutting-edge approaches for effectively engaging youth/young adults, balancing family involvement, and supporting young people as they take on new roles and responsibilities. Unfortunately, the most widely-used strategies for training and workforce development are not particularly effective in helping providers gain new practice skills. But using more effective, research-derived “gold standard” strategies for training, coaching and supervision can be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there is emerging evidence for new approaches to workforce development that are effective and affordable. The plenary will combine research findings with young adult and family perspectives to describe innovative and promising practices that promote skill acquisition for behavioral and mental health providers, particularly those working with older youth and young adults.

About the Presenters

janetJanet Walker, PhD, is a Research Professor in the School of Social Work and the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Currently, she serves as Director of the Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures—a multi-project research center focused on improving outcomes for older adolescents and young adults with serious mental health conditions—and Co-Director of the National Wraparound Initiative and the National Wraparound Implementation Center, as well as principal investigator on a number of other grants and contracts. Dr. Walker’s research aims to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating interventions based on principles of positive development and recovery, and on improving organizational and system capacity to implement and sustain effective interventions through workforce development and the use of fidelity and quality assurance tools. Dr. Walker’s research and related activities are guided by a commitment to collaborating with stakeholders, particularly including young people who have received services and supports intended to meet their mental health and related needs, and the families of these young people.

ashliAshli J. Sheidow, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). Prior to joining OSLC, she was Professor in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her doctoral degree in 2001 in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she trained at the Institute for Juvenile Research and Cook County Hospital. Dr. Sheidow researches treatments for mental health and substance abuse problems in adolescents and emerging adults, particularly those who have co-occurring problems. She’s also focused on effective dissemination of evidence-based practices, particularly training practices for community-based counselors. Her interests have focused broadly on the development, prevention, and treatment of adolescent and young adult psychopathology and delinquency from an ecological perspective, with concentrations in co-occurring disorders, effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, and advanced quantitative methods. Her work, funded primarily by NIDA and NIMH, has included intervention development and evaluation projects, as well as services and implementation research.

Recent publications include: Parent and Youth Engagement in Court-Mandated Substance Use Disorder Treatment; Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments for Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior; Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and the Transition to Adulthood: A Review of Service System Involvement and Unmet Needs; and Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults (MST-EA) with Serious Mental Illness and Justice Involvement.

malisaMalisa Pearson is the parent of two children, ages 18 and 22, both of whom have behavioral health needs. Ms. Pearson’s experiences accessing services and supports for her children, coupled with her years of experience working within a family-run organization, have given her the insight, skills, and understanding necessary to be an effective family leader in the field of Children’s Mental Health for the past 17+ years. Malisa currently works as a Project Coordinator for the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA). FREDLA is a national family-run nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of family-run organizations.

johannaJohanna Bergan is an advocate for youth with lived experience in the mental health system who is now working in the field of youth engagement to promote and encourage the inclusion of youth voice in policy change. Ms. Bergan has nine years of experience advocating for important changes in the mental health system to improve the care options and treatment availability for youth adults with mental health challenges. Her voice has been heard on several national platforms including advising technical assistance and research and training centers which support and promote the value of youth voice. As the Executive Director for Youth MOVE National, Ms. Bergan assists chapters of the Youth MOVE network in creating and promoting successful youth driven organizations working to unite the voices and causes of youth at the local, state and national level. This work covers a diverse array of expertise areas including youth engagement in systems change, policy, youth adult partnerships, issues specific to transition aged youth, youth leadership, youth driven evaluation, and applying lived-experience as a resource to inform policy and systems change. Ms. Bergan intentionally provides ongoing support, coaching, and mentoring to emerging youth leaders and the leaders of youth driven organization to further strengthen the national youth movement.

caitlinCaitlin Baird is a Research Assistant and Trainer at the Pathways Research and Training Center at Portland State University. Caitlin has experience as a youth peer support specialist, wraparound and systems of care trainer, and a trainer and coach for youth-driven practices. As a young adult, Caitlin struggled with mental health challenges and finding services that met her needs. These experiences motivate her work today to improve systems that serve youth with serious mental health challenges.