Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook

Volume Editors: Hewitt B. Rusty Clark Ph.D., BCBA, Deanne K. Unruh Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 384 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557669636
Price: $39.95

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As youth with emotional or behavioral difficulties transition from school and home settings, they face the complex challenges and expectations of adult life: finding and maintaining work, establishing new relationships, building a career, and more. 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.

Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of contributors-practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, parents, and young people themselves—this book collects our best, most current knowledge on supporting transitions for young people with mental health issues. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful transition programs, readers will discover how to

  • apply evidence-supported practices to guide youth and young adults through the transition obstacle course
  • bridge the gap between child and adult mental health services for consistent, coordinated care
  • ensure effective adult services that are developmentally and culturally appropriate
  • address system fragmentation, so the mental health, education, justice, and other systems can work together to serve children's best interests
  • implement strategies for the transition from high school to meaningful employment or postsecondary training
  • use peer supports to reach, engage, and coach young people as they move into adulthood
  • reduce common risk behaviors through skillful prevention planning
  • fund and sustain services and supports through a creative combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars
  • 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.


Review: Education Review

"An important book that addresses so many of the concerns around appropriate programming for young adults transitioning into adulthood . . . extremely valuable to youth with EBD and those who live and work with them."

Review: The Midwest Book Review California Bookwatch

"A powerful 'must-have' for any library catering to mental health specialists working with young adults."

Review: The Midwest Book Review Library Bookwatch

"A core addition to any pediatric psychology collection."

Review by: Larry Kortering, Professor, Special Education, Appalachian State University

"An evidence-based framework and corresponding interventions that WILL better help young adults attain productive postsecondary outcomes."

Review by: David Test, Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"Provides a variety of easy-to-use, evidence-supported strategies . . . will be a welcome addition to the field of secondary transition."

Review by: Lili Garfinkel, Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Project, PACER Center

"A very well researched compendium of research, data, information and best practices for those who are policymakers, academicians and educators committed to ensuring successful adult outcomes for transition age youth."

Review by: Peter Caproni, psychologist, Miami, Florida

"A powerful, research-supported framework that helps at-risk youth successfully transition into adulthood. Clark have effectively eliminated the excuse that [we] 'just don't know what works with these kids.'"

Review by: Erik Carter, Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"A comprehensive and practical guide that reflects the very best of what we know works for supporting transition-age youth and young adults with emotional or behavioral difficulties . . . This is the handbook you will not want to be without."

Review by: Ed O'Leary, Program Specialist, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Logan, Utah

"The voices of the students throughout the handbook speak to the realities and challenges of good transition planning practices. A great handbook for anyone interested in transition and improving the post school lives of young adults with disabilities."

Review by: Nancy Koroloff, Portland State University

"This handbook has been long awaited by practitioners and researchers who collaborate with youth and young adults with mental health challenges . . . documents in useful detail the evidence that is currently available across several domains, including education, vocational rehabilitation, and mental health services."

Review by: Ann Vander Stoep, Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Epidemiology

"Compiles the collective wisdom accrued and honed over decades through efforts to develop and implement programs and policies to support youth in transition. Administrators, practitioners, young adults and their families will find a well-articulated framework of principles and practices to guide future efforts."

Review by: Judith A. Cook, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Timely and user-friendly . . . contains the latest information on evidence-based models and practices for young people and their families, educators and service providers, researchers, and administrators."

Review by: Cinda Johnson, Assistant Professor, Special Education Program Director, Seattle University, transition specialist, writer, mother of a daughter with bipolar disorder

"The important work that has been compiled in this text will positively impact the post-school outcomes for our most vulnerable youth, young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties."

Review by: Linea Johnson, college student, mental health advocate, speaker, and writer

"This text reduces the stigma of mental health conditions for young people, provides information and resources and does so by including authentic case stories."

Review by: Peter E. Leone, Professor, University of Maryland

"An outstanding, empirically-based guide . . . The co-authors of each chapter include professionals as well as youth and family members who have wrestled with education and other service delivery systems, providing credibility and insight not found in most texts addressing [this topic]."

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Foreword: Gary M. Blau & Diane L. Sondheimer

Introduction to Transition to Adulthood Issues and the Evidence-Supported Handbook
Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults and Their Families

Section I: Challenges and Effective Transition Systems

  1. The Service System Obstacle Course for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults
    Maryann Davis, Melanie Green, & Cheri Hoffman
  2. Navigating the Obstacle Course: An Evidence-Supported Community Transition System
    Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark & Karen Hart

Section II: Community Initiatives: Evidence-Supported and Enduring Transition Programs

  1. Partnerships for Youth Transition: Creating Options for Youth and Their Families
    DeDe Sieler, Spencer Orso, & Deanne K. Unruh
  2. High School and Community College Partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation
    K. Brigid Flannery, Lauren Lindstrom, & Michael Toricellas
  3. Serving Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Challenges From Dependency Programs and Community Settings
    Marc A. Fagan, Wayne Munchel, Isiah Rogers, & Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark
  4. Improving the Transition Outcomes of Adolescent Young Offenders
    Deanne K. Unruh, Miriam G. Waintrup, Tim Canter, & Sinjin Smith
  5. 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, & Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark

Section III: Improving Practice, System, and Policy

  1. Prevention Planning: Collaborating with Youth and Young Adults to Reduce Risk Behavior and Related Harm
    Mason G. Haber, Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, & Ryan Parenteau
  2. Policy, Funding, and Sustainability: Issues and Recommendations for Promoting Effective Transition Systems
    Cheri Hoffman, Craig Anne Heflinger, Michele Athay, & Maryann Davis
  3. 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 Deschnes, & Deanne K. Unruh

Section IV: Future Focus: Advancing the Transition Agenda

  1. Futures Focus: Practice, Program, System, Policy, and Research
    Deanne K. Unruh & Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark

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