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Pathways to Partnerships With Youth and Families

A resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Pathways to Partnerships with Youth and Families provides members of the NCTSN and other trauma-treating entities with a method for considering the role of youth and families in their organizations. The Pathways to Partnerships document is informed by the literature on youth and family involvement in mental health services, youth and family input, and our pilot results. This document contains two self-assessment questionnaires: one for clinical services, based on guidelines for family-focused assessment and treatment of trauma (Saltzman, & Lester, 2005) and the other adapted for program management and policies (Ahsan, & Cramer, 1998). Pathways to Partnerships also offers strategies for increasing youth and family involvement in all aspects of service delivery and includes useful examples provided by one NCTSN site. We hope organizations will use this document to identify current program strengths as well as areas that need improvement.