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Advanced Topics in Strengthening Youth/Young Adult Peer Support: Strengths, Passions, Achievements, and Motivators (SPAM)

10:00am - November 19, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 19, 2020
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The Northwest MHTTC in partnership with Pathways Research and Training Center (RTC) is pleased to announce a series of monthly consultation calls focused on “Advanced Topics in Strengthening Youth/Young Adult Peer Support.” Each call will have its own topic, in an area such as skill building, supervision, coaching and training, organizational policies and procedures, hiring and onboarding, and more. This series is intended primarily for peer support specialists, their supervisors, and administrators charged with implementing youth/young adult peer support. 

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Our next call is on November 19th at 10AM PST. We will discuss how youth peer support specialists (PSSs) engage in strengths-based conversations with young people, using the framework of "Strengths, Passions, Achievements, and Motivators (SPAM)." Discussing strengths can feel uncomfortable, distressing or phony for youth clients. In this call we will focus on specific techniques that PSSs can use to help ensure a comfortable and engaging conversation that builds both the PSSs' and the youth's awareness and genuine appreciation of the young person's SPAM.  To join us, please register here. 


Here's what you can expect from each consultation call:

  • Focus on one topic such as skill building, supervision, coaching and training, organizational policies and procedures, hiring and on-boarding, and more
  • Sharing a practical resource related to the meeting's topic, such as  a strategy, tool, set of research findings, or template
  • Time for focused discussion in which attendees can ask questions and share knowledge and ideas relevant to the day’s topic, followed by an open discussion of any topic related to youth/young adult peer support

To allow for interaction and discussion, registration will be limited. Register early to ensure your space! Attendees from each meeting will be given priority to register for the next one.


Trainers: TBD

Want more information? Visit the Northwest MHTTC's Resource Library and Websites by Topic  and sign up for our monthly newsletter for regular updates about events, trainings, and resources available to the Northwest region.