An Evidence-Supported Handbook
Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties
Special Education
This comprehensive professional resource collects the best, most current knowledge on supporting the transition to adulthood for young people with mental health issues. Includes in-depth analyses of five successful transition programs.
69636 978-1-55766-963-6
2009 384
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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.

About the Editors
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

  2. Maryann Davis, Melanie Green, & Cheri Hoffman
  3. Navigating the Obstacle Course: An Evidence-Supported Community Transition System

  4. 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

  2. DeDe Sieler, Spencer Orso, & Deanne K. Unruh
  3. High School and Community College Partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation

  4. K. Brigid Flannery, Lauren Lindstrom, & Michael Toricellas
  5. Serving Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Challenges From Dependency Programs and Community Settings

  6. Marc A. Fagan, Wayne Munchel, Isiah Rogers, & Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark
  7. Improving the Transition Outcomes of Adolescent Young Offenders

  8. Deanne K. Unruh, Miriam G. Waintrup, Tim Canter, & Sinjin Smith
  9. More than Friends: Peer Supports for Youth and Young Adults to Promote Discovery and Recovery

  10. 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

  2. Mason G. Haber, Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, & Ryan Parenteau
  3. Policy, Funding, and Sustainability: Issues and Recommendations for Promoting Effective Transition Systems

  4. Cheri Hoffman, Craig Anne Heflinger, Michele Athay, & Maryann Davis
  5. Collaborative Approach to Quality Improvement in Process, Progress, and Outcomes: Sustaining a Responsive and Effective Transition System

  6. Karyn L. Dresser, Peter J. Zucker, Robin A. Orlando, Alexandra A. Krynski, Gwendolyn White, Arun Karpur, Nicole DeschĂȘnes, & Deanne K. Unruh

Section IV: Future Focus: Advancing the Transition Agenda

  1. Futures Focus: Practice, Program, System, Policy, and Research

  2. Deanne K. Unruh & Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark


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: Education Review - January 19, 2011

"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."

: Quality Mall - February 1, 2010
: Book News, Inc. - December 1, 2009
: The Midwest Book Review California Bookwatch - December 1, 2009

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

: The Midwest Book Review Library Bookwatch - December 1, 2009

"A core addition to any pediatric psychology collection."

: - November 1, 2009
Larry Kortering, Professor, Special Education, Appalachian State University - July 1, 2009

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

David Test, Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte - July 1, 2009

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

Lili Garfinkel, Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Project, PACER Center - July 1, 2009

"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."

Peter Caproni, psychologist, Miami, Florida - July 1, 2009

"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.'"

Erik Carter, Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison - July 1, 2009

"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."

Ed O'Leary, Program Specialist, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Logan, Utah - July 1, 2009

"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."

Nancy Koroloff, Portland State University - July 1, 2009

"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."

Ann Vander Stoep, Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Epidemiology - July 1, 2009

"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."

Judith A. Cook, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago - July 1, 2009

"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."

Cinda Johnson, Assistant Professor, Special Education Program Director, Seattle University, transition specialist, writer, mother of a daughter with bipolar disorder - July 1, 2009

"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."

Linea Johnson, college student, mental health advocate, speaker, and writer - July 1, 2009

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

Peter E. Leone, Professor, University of Maryland - July 1, 2009

"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]."