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TIP Model

The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model is an evidence-supported practice based on published studies that demonstrate improvements in real-life outcomes for youth and young adults with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD).

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Meet Dr. Clark

Meet Dr. Hewitt “Rusty” Clark
Author of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP ) model. Dr. Clark has developed and researched extensively, with 5 books and more than 125 professional publications. 
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Review of the Transition Handbook

I stumbled across a treasure, when I found this evidence-supported transition handbook (Clark & Unruh, Brookes Publishing). The book describes the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model and illustrates its application and impact on the lives of youth and young adults with emotional/behavioral difficulties. As a clinician who specializes in transition to adulthood, and is continually researching interventions and approaches to guide youth, young adults, and their families through the transition maze, I’m not sure how I let this book slip past me. This amazing handbook not only provides a map of all the components/skills necessary for successful transition, it serves as a guide to creating a community of support for youth and young adults. It truly “takes a village” of support, and it is refreshing to find a book that addresses this mantra, along with skill acquisition. Congratulations to Drs. Clark and Unruh on the success of “Transition of Youth & Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties”! It must be hugely rewarding to know that you are helping so many people across the nation, and in Canada. I am confident that it will continue to spread.


Cheryl Checkers, M.S., MHC
UCLA Certified Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) Therapist
Palm Beach County, Florida


View a clip from the 2012 Central Region TAY Unconvention

The most recent TAY UnConvention was held in January 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California. More than 240 people participated, including 50 transition-aged youth. More than 60 different organizations were represented who serve youth and young adults.



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The TIP Mission

The mission of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) system is to assist young people with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties (EBD) in making a successful transition to adulthood with all young persons achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of education, employment, living situation, and community life.


NNYT Mission Statement

The mission of the National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health (NNYT) is to improve the progress and outcomes of youth and young adults (14-29 years of age) with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD) and the responsiveness of transition systems to their families.  

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