Improve Vocational Outcomes among Adolescent & Young Adults in CSC: Integrate Evidence-based Engagement & Support Strategies

12:00pm - January 19, 2023 thru 1:00pm - January 19, 2023 | Timezone: US/Central
South Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2023

This webinar provides a strong philosophical and practice foundation for integrating developmentally-attuned evidence-based vocational service strategies to promote work and school engagement among young people with serious mental health needs. Presenters will share both direct practice and program management strategies based on their successful integration of effective multidisciplinary service models, which include clinical, vocational and peer elements. Participants will leave the training energized and armed with simple strategies that can be integrated on a program, team, and individual practice level to promote vocational engagement and career development.

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Vanessa Klodnick smiling


Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, PhD, LCSW 

Vanessa Klodnick (she/her) is a nationally-recognized expert in adapting and blending evidence-based practices for older youth and young adults, including Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment. Vanessa is the Director of Research & Innovation for Youth & Young Adult Services at Thresholds, the largest community mental health provider in Illinois, and a faculty affiliate at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Vanessa leads or consults on multiple projects across the country that enhance IPS and/or draw from IPS to improve community mental health provider engagement of, partnership and impact with vulnerable and marginalized young people with serious mental health conditions. Vanessa is currently overseeing the continuous quality improvement of multiple multidisciplinary teams designed for youth and young adults, all which include Supported Employment and Education Specialists.  



Laura Stevens


Laura Stevens, M.Ed., LPC 

Laura (she/her) is Assistant Director of Clinical Excellence in the Center for Youth Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Laura oversees the Amplify Clinic, a multidisciplinary innovative mental health service hub for young adults through a University of Texas Dell Medical School and Austin Community College partnership. Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 8 years of experience in providing evidence-based care in community mental health settings. Laura partners with agencies to integrate innovative strategies for engaging young people in their mental healthcare. Laura is trained in Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model and has been involved in multiple projects in Texas to improve IPS integration in community mental health settings for older youth and young adults. Laura is currently leading the development of an online resource and e-learning platform for Texas community mental health care providers who aim to better engage and support youth and young adults through providing services that young people want, which includes employment and education supports.