About the Stars Training Academy

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STARS Training AcademyThe Stars Training Academy believes in “partnering with people for positive change.” One of the ways we do this is through the TAY UnConvention. The Academy’s UnConvention is centered on involving young people and providers in a dialogue about what helps and what hurts.

Want to know how young adults want to be treated and better understand their needs? Ask them. Professionals are learning that including the youth voice is a critical step in developing engaging and effective services. The Stars Training Academy utilizes an evidence-supported model called TIP (Transition to Independence Process) that builds upon this key foundation of youth voice and choice.

The academy is also becoming known for a rather unconventional program:

  • The UnConvention is a unique gathering of young adults, advocates, mental health professionals and community-based organizations that addresses the issues that most impact young adults ages 16-25.
  • Young adults and mental health professionals are both the teachers AND the students. We ask peer mentors their ideas to build age-appropriate services, peer supports and engagement strategies.
  • Networking activities, strategy sessions, art presentations, mentor panels and more will help create a fun and sustainable community of learning.

About Wayne Munchel, LCSW

Wayne Munchel

Wayne Munchel, consultant and specialist with Transition Age youth, has over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field and was one of the founders of The Village, an innovative recovery model program serving adults with severe mental illnesses. He received his Masters in Social Work from UCLA in 1986.

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leslie tuchman February 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I am an MFT who does a lot of work with poetry and teens….
Check my website at http://www.leslietuchman.com
i worked in the public schools for 20 years, mental health clinics and recovery centers………
Where is your 2/15 workshop being held?


Paul Barry September 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Awhile ago a well respected and credible recovery oriented psychiatrist who was assessing our TAY enrollees concluded that a majority were struggling far more with trauma than any other mental health challenge. I humbly recommend we listen very carefully to Wayne and others who are sounding the alarm about the impact of trauma and making sound recommedations for addressing it. This is important stuff.


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