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Transition Planning: The Important Role of Families of Youth and Young Adults with Behavioral Health Needs
Thursday 23 March 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
All youth will experience transitions, however, individualized approaches to transition are necessary when working with youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families as they face unique situations around treatment, medication, formal services, programming and education. A balance must be reached within the family unit around how the young adult transitions into a decision making role and the family transitions into a role of being a support, resource and connection rather than the youth’s primary advocate. Families should be engaged early and often throughout the transition planning process to ensure the lines of communication are kept open among all parties involved in the young adult’s life. This webinar outlines key principles when working with family members/caregivers of youth and young adults with behavioral health care challenges, unique transition scenarios and strategies that family leaders and family members have found helpful for navigating the transitioning process.

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Malisa Pearson, Lisa Lambert, & Kathleen Abate
Malisa Pearson, Project Coordinator, FREDLA Lisa Lambert, Executive Director, Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) Kathleen Abate, Former Executive Director, Granite State Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
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