Lunch & Learn Web-based Seminar Series for Employers of Young Adult Peer Mentors
Considering integrating Young Adult Peer Mentors into your organization?
Want to know how to help young adults in peer roles to thrive in the workplace?
Interested in boosting transition-age youth and young adult engagement & outcomes through supporting your staff in leveraging their lived experience?
Join the Children’s Behavioral Health Knowledge Center at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for online training opportunities that incorporate interactive learning and useful tools for effective employment of young adults in peer roles.
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Navigating Young Adult Peer Mentoring On-Boarding & First Few Months of Work
February 14 from 12 – 12:30 pm EST
What you’ll learn:
Strategies for developing a strong working alliances between YAPM, supervisor & colleagues by role clarifying, educating, sharing & bonding
How to use observation, shadowing & reflecting to lay a strong foundation for documentation
How to coach YAPMs in the on-going shaping of their professional identity
How to effectively support YAPMs in sharing their live experiences in a variety of ways to a variety of people in a variety of contexts
Intended audience: Young adult peer mentor (YAPM) supervisors, program managers of YAPM programs
Attendees will also receive: (1) working alliance & characteristics reflective exercises; (2) example on-boarding process; (3) personal bio exercises & (4) what to share vs. not what to share exercise
Lunch & Learn #3: Click Here to Register
Supporting On-the-Job Wellness & Effectively Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations
By Addressing & Preventing YAPM Significant Job Difficulties
March 14 from 12 – 12:30 EST
What you’ll learn:
How to promote self-care through role modeling & cultivating a true wellness community within your agency/team
Supporting YAPMs with accessing wellness tools, services, and supports to ensure supervision does not turn into therapy
Understand that self-care is a process, that needs to be revisited frequently in supervision if YAPMs are to be role models around health & wellness
Learn how accommodations are a process that need development, documentation & evaluation
Understand what the common accommodations are for young adults in peer roles
Intended audience: Human resources personnel, hiring managers, young adult peer mentor supervisors, program managers
Attendees will also receive: (1) Accommodations process with questions to guide effective negotiation & (2) a self-care & on-going evaluation plan
Meet the trainer:
Vanessa Klodnick, PhD is an expert in young adult peer support and incredibly passionate about creating communities that embrace and support the young adult peer mentor role. Vanessa has trained hundreds of mental health professionals in transition-age youth best-practices in the last decade through her work at Thresholds, the largest community mental health provider in Illinois, and the UMASS Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research. She leverages real life experience as a (1) supervisor of young adults in peer roles, (2) consultant with multiple states and organizations in how to integrate young adults in peer roles effectively, & (3) researcher who studies what it means to be a young adult peer support provider and how to best support young people in these roles. Vanessa developed a Guidebook for Supervisors and multiple related in-person and online trainings, as well as, was a co-author on “Effectively Employing Young Adults in Peer Roles: A Toolkit” with Dr. Jonathan Delman. Vanessa’s trainings are fun, provocative and informative – and not to be missed.