The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is an evidence-based practice used worldwide by people managing mental or general health challenges who want to attain and maintain wellness. WRAP is specific to each individual and takes a holistic approach to wellbeing rather than focusing on illness and deficits. The Everyone Counts Campaign offers ongoing WRAP groups, a series of 1-day WRAP Orientations for individuals and for providers, and Seminar I and II workshops to train new WRAP facilitators.
PEERS Certified WRAP Facilitators in Alameda County:
What is WRAP?
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is recognized by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice for self-management and mental health recovery. Created in 1997 by a group of people living with a variety of mental health challenges and led by Mary Ellen Copeland, WRAP is now used worldwide for monitoring uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating the distress. Creating a WRAP is an empowering process involving mutual sharing of stories, ideas and insights, focusing on wellness and wholeness rather than illness and sickness. Participants create the WRAP plans themselves rather than have plans prescribed to them by a professional. This allows participants to identify wellness tools that truly work for them in their day to day lives to help them get well and stay well. WRAP allows for a personalized curriculum that responds to the individual needs.
WRAP typically consists of 12 to 20 hours of workshops and can be held in in different formats, from intensive multi-day all-day trainings to weekly 1- to 3-hour meetings. Throughout a WRAP group participants develop their personal WRAPs while key WRAP concepts and values are illustrated through examples from the lives of the co-facilitators and participants. Facilitators may also conduct shorter WRAP workshops and orientations to introduce people to WRAP without having them go through the full WRAP program.
To learn more about WRAP, visit mentalhealthrecovery.com.
Who are WRAP facilitators?
Every WRAP group is co-facilitated by two certified WRAP facilitators. Facilitators are trained peers with their own challenges who use WRAP in their own lives and who have seen the benefits of having a WRAP in place. WRAP facilitators share their experiences and their knowledge of WRAP from the point of view of a peer, not an educator, medical professional, or “expert” because we are all the experts on ourselves. Facilitators are no different from WRAP participants except that they have additional knowledge of WRAP principles. They facilitate WRAP according to the WRAP values and ethics which include hope, unconditional high regard for participants, self-determination, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and personal choice.
How can my organization participate in WRAP?
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) in Oakland offers regular WRAP Seminar I’s and WRAP orientations free of charge. The typical PEERS WRAP Seminar I lasts from 6 to 10 weeks in weekly 2-hour sessions. PEERS also conducts full Seminar I’s for organizations for a fee. For more information on PEERS services, go to peersnet.org.
To contract a WRAP facilitator directly to facilitate a WRAP group, fees can be negotiated between the organization and the facilitator.
To connect with a facilitator or with PEERS, please contact Vilma Sakalauskaite at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510-832-7337 x220.
Learn More About this Work
More than 450 people across the globe gathered to exchange views on WRAP and meet leaders in the mental health field at the WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland from January 27-29, 2013.
WRAP is an evidence-based self-directed approach to overcoming health challenges and maintaining wellness.
The goal of the Latino Empowerment Project is to expand WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) to the Spanish speaking population in Alameda County.