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ERIC Number: ED507536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 384
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5576-6963-6
Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook
Clark, Hewitt B., Ed.; Unruh, Deanne K., Ed.
Brookes Publishing Company
This comprehensive professional handbook will help transition specialists, general and special educators, school psychologists, and administrators support youth and young adults in setting goals and achieving positive outcomes across employment, education, and community settings. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful transition programs, readers will discover how to: (1) apply evidence-supported practices to guide youth and young adults through the transition obstacle course; (2) bridge the gap between child and adult mental health services for consistent, coordinated care; (3) ensure effective adult services that are developmentally and culturally appropriate; (4) address system fragmentation, so the mental health, education, justice, and other systems can work together to serve children's best interests; (5) implement strategies for the transition from high school to meaningful employment or postsecondary training; (6) use peer supports to reach, engage, and coach young people as they move into adulthood; (7) reduce common risk behaviors through skillful prevention planning; (8) fund and sustain services and supports through a creative combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars; and (9) implement a Continuous Quality Improvement process to recognize needs, build on strengths, and make required changes. Vignettes and first-person testimonials throughout the book strengthen readers' awareness of the challenges young people experience and how effective transition services can make a difference. Detailed examinations of program, system, policy, and research needs will help professionals shape the future of mental health supports--and ensure the best possible adult lives for the young people they serve. Following a foreword by Gary M. Blau and Diane L. Sondheimer, contents include: (1) Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults and Their Families (Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark and Deanne K. Unruh); (2) The Service System Obstacle Course for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults (Maryann Davis, Melanie Green, and Cheri Hoffman); (3) Navigating the Obstacle Course: An Evidence-Supported Community Transition System (Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark and Karen Hart); (4) Partnerships for Youth Transition: Creating Options for Youth and Their Families (DeDe Sieler, Spencer Orso, and Deanne K. Unruh); (5) High School and Community College Partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation (K. Brigid Flannery, Lauren Lindstrom, and Michael Toricellas); (6) Serving Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Challenges From Dependency Programs and Community Settings (Marc A. Fagan, Wayne Munchel, Isiah Rogers, and Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark); (7) Improving the Transition Outcomes of Adolescent Young Offenders (Deanne K. Unruh, Miriam G. Waintrup, Tim Canter, and Sinjin Smith); (8) More than Friends: Peer Supports for Youth and Young Adults to Promote Discovery and Recovery (Lisa B. Galasso, Amy Arrell, Paul Webb, Samuel Landsman, David Holmes, Kimberly Frick, Luke Bradford Knowles, Crystal Fair-Judson, Rebecca Smith, and Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark); (9) Prevention Planning: Collaborating with Youth and Young Adults to Reduce Risk Behavior and Related Harm (Mason G. Haber, Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, and Ryan Parenteau); (10) Policy, Funding, and Sustainability: Issues and Recommendations for Promoting Effective Transition Systems (Cheri Hoffman, Craig Anne Heflinger, Michele Athay, and Maryann Davis); (11) Collaborative Approach to Quality Improvement in Process, Progress, and Outcomes: Sustaining a Responsive and Effective Transition System (Karyn L. Dresser, Peter J. Zucker, Robin A. Orlando, Alexandra A. Krynski, Gwendolyn White, Arun Karpur, Nicole Deschenes, and Deanne K. Unruh); and (12) Futures Focus: Practice, Program, System, Policy, and Research (Deanne K. Unruh and Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark). An index is included.
Brookes Publishing Company. P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285. Tel: 800-638-3775; Fax: 410-337-8539; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A