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Learn Ways to Successfully Transition Youth Out of Institutional Care

"Successful Transitions from Institutional Care to Community Support” is the next topic of discussion at the University of Southern Maine’s “Colloquium on Promoting Resilience and Mitigating Risk for Maine’s Youth.” The event will take place from 3-4:30 p.m., Friday, February 28 in Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, on USM’s Portland campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Ball at

Speakers include Pamela Richards, deputy superintendent of treatment services, Long Creek Youth Development Center; Mike Mack, community corrections supervisor for Cumberland and York Counties; Pat Proulx-Lough, team leader for multisystemic therapy (MST) and MST for problem sexual behavior with Tri-County Mental Health; and Mike Freysinger, restorative justice manager with Youth Move.

Richards and Mack will provide an overview of evidence-based behavioral practices in the youth correctional system. Freysinger will discuss how the Restorative Justice Program works to heal the community and youth by holding young people accountable and giving them a second chance. Proulx-Lough will discuss how multi-systemic therapy reduces recidivism by working with the family in the home.

The next topic in the series, “Successful Transitions into Young Adulthood: Mental Health Needs of Young Adults,” is slated for Friday, April 11.  

This series is hosted by USM’s School of Social Work, the Muskie School of Public Service, and the School of Education Counselor Education Program.