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NWI Newsletter

March 31, 2016

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Youth Engagement Webinar Recording Now Available

NWI’s March 29th webinar, "Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Youth and Young Adult Engagement In Wraparound," was hosted by Janet Walker and addressed the question of how to increase young people's active participation in Wraparound. The webinar recording, slides, and a list of live links to additional resources is now available – alongside all past NWI webinars.

Access resources in the webinar archive »

New TA Resource: Care Management Entities

In response to the technical assistance questions we are most frequently asked, the NWI has produced a series of TA resources that summarize current research and implementation best practices in Wraparound. The second in this series covers the topic of care management entities and features a collection of links to pertinent documents, webinars and other sources. Other installments in the series will be highlighted in upcoming newsletters.

Access TA resource on care management entities »

Tell NWI What's Useful – and Enter to Win a Gift Card!

NWI archives a number of valuable free resources on its website. Our past products include guidelines, research, and evaluation tools. As we move forward, we're trying to figure out what's most useful to you. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey – and you can enter a raffle for a $100 gift card.

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NWI Needs Your Help to Develop Online Training!

We've been collecting and analyzing videos of Wraparound practice and we need more videos. Specifically, we are looking for videos of one-to-one interactions between a Wraparound facilitator and a young person, family member or other team member. Participants are eligible for incentives. Please contact John Ossowski for more details.

Email John at jdo@pdx.edu »

Wraparound Comix

Facilitator Reel #25

Facilitator Reel #25

The "Facilitator Reel" is a series of one-pagers with a humorous take on wraparound roles and concepts. In Issue 25, Joey finds the sincerity behind the acknowledgment of his progress to be somewhat dubious.

Read Facilitator Reel #25 »

News from the Field

The following are NWI staff selection of recent news of interest to the Wraparound community:

  • New TA Resource: Expanding Early Childhood Systems of Care
  • Can Big Data Predict Child Abuse?
  • Witnessing Violence Harms Children's Mental Health
  • New Studies: Trans Youth and Mental Health
  • Monthly Minute: Health Homes and Medical Homes

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

Youth M.O.V.E. National is Hiring!

Youth M.O.V.E. National seeks a Director of Member Services. Innovative, energetic, and self-motivated candidates will value the voices of youth who have lived experiences and be willing to serve in a leadership and project management role. This position will amplify youth voices across the country through the use of multimedia, in person and national events to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Read the full announcement »

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 5, 2016

How are you preparing for Awareness Day 2016? Fill out the pledge form to let SAMHSA and the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign team know how your community will participate!

Pledge form »

More information »

Northwest Council on Family Relations

Dates: April 21 – 22, 2016

Northwest Council on Family Relations 2016 annual conference will be held in Portland, OR at Portland State University. The conference theme this year is Engaging Youth in Schools and Communities: Enhancing Protective Factors. The two-day event will feature presentations, professional roundtables, breakout sessions and a keynote address by Tony Biglan, Senior Scientist with the Oregon Research Institute.

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Learning Community on LGBTQI2-S Youth

Date/Time: May 6, 2016, 10am – 11am PDT; 1pm – 2pm EDT

This is an online forum for all system of care partners to develop a deeper understanding of the strengths, challenges and issues facing our youth and young adults who are sexual- and gender-orientation diverse.

More information »

Advancing School Mental Health Conference

Dates: September 29 – Oct 1, 2016

This year’s conference theme is Shape the Future of School Mental Health: Advancing Quality and Sustainability. The conference will emphasize a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families.

Early bird registration »

Order Publications from the NWI

Printed copies of the following publications can be ordered from the NWI:

  • Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families
  • Manual de Usuario del Proceso del Wraparound (Asistencia Integral): Una Guía para Familias (Spanish Version of The Wraparound Process User's Guide)
  • Wraparound Implementation Guide: A Handbook for Administrators and Managers

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