Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® is an evidence-based practice used worldwide by people dealing with mental health or general health challenges. Our goal is to attain the highest possible levels of wellness. WRAP® was developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD and focuses on self empowerment for wellness and wholeness rather than illness and sickness. 

In 2010, WRAP® was recognized by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice and listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) released the results of a rigorous study that demonstrated significantly positive behavioral health outcomes for individuals with severe and persistent mental health challenges who participated in peer-led WRAP® groups. Research studies on WRAP® from UIC cited that positive outcomes were tied to the fidelity of the WRAP® facilitation model designed by Mary Ellen Copeland and developed by the Copeland Center.

PEERS provides quality WRAP® orientations, workshops, and training. Since our inception in 2001, we have dedicated ourselves to offering WRAP® in a variety of formats and agendas. We use as a guideline adherence to its core set of Values and Ethics. 

PEERS currently has a hand in the following forms of WRAP®:

  • Introductory Orientations
  • Seminar I – Developing Your Own WRAP®
  • Seminar II – WRAP® Co-Facilitator Training
  • Seminar II – WRAP® Refresher Course
  • Mentoring and Technical Assistance
  • Seminar III – Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator Training
  • WRAP® Facilitator Registry
  • Opportunities
  • Other WRAP® Resources

To bring WRAP® to your agency or organization: Click Here
For more information, contact kmarquez-cortes@peersnet.org.
or call us at (510) 832-7337.

*COVID-19 Notes  For WRAP® to be an evidence-based practice it must be done in person to effectively model the Values and Ethics. Because of current COVID-19 requirements weekly virtual groups do not count as a prerequisite for the Seminar II. PEERS is not currently holding any in-person workshops/training. We will resume in-person activities when it is deemed safe for the health of staff and our community participants. 

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Introductory Orientations 

Course Description: Introductory Orientations are for anyone interested in learning more about WRAP® and for anyone considering attending an ongoing group (Seminar I). This is also a good way to get ideas for your own WRAPs®

Join us for our monthly introductory orientations on the fourth Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  Please check the Calendar

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Time (English)
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Pacific Time (Spanish)

To register and receive login information, click this link:
WRAP® Introductory Orientation Sign-Up

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Seminar I – Developing Your Own WRAP®

Course Description: Seminar I WRAP® is for anyone who wants to learn about WRAP® and begin to incorporate it into their lives to improve personal wellness and achieve an improved quality of life. This workshop is designed to be highly interactive and encourage participation and sharing from all participants. This workshop also lays a broad foundation for building a peer workforce. 

PEERS offers the Seminar I WRAP® workshop in two different formats. Either of these workshops qualifies as a pre-requirement to attend the Seminar II WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training for those interested in becoming a facilitator.

Participants in these workshops will have the opportunity to learn how to develop their WRAP® as a personalized system to achieve their own wellness goals. This workshop is for anyone and can apply to any self-directed wellness goals.  

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 In this time of social distancing, let’s practice social connection. Our ongoing weekly virtual WRAP® Support Discussions are free and open to the public, available online and by phone on the following days and Pacific Time: 

  • Mondays 10 am – 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Fridays 10 am – 12 pm (Spanish)
  • Fridays 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

To register and receive login information, click this link:
WRAP® Virtual Discussion (Sign-Up)

*Please Note: In order for WRAP® to be an evidence-based practice it must be done in person to effectively model the Values and Ethics. Due to COVID-19 restrictions virtual groups do not count as a prerequisite for the Seminar II.

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Seminar II – WRAP® Co-Facilitator Training

Course Description: This training is five (5) intensive days that prepares participants to facilitate WRAP® groups and equips them with the skills and materials to facilitate groups in their community and organization. It is for people who have completed a Seminar I WRAP® course. This training provides an environment based on experiential, mutual learning and self-determination. Participants will be expected to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with WRAP®

This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead Seminar I WRAP® groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP® and give presentations on mental health recovery-related issues to groups or organizations. Attendees are expected to have a solid working knowledge of WRAP® and share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP® can work.

This certificate course is co-facilitated by Copeland Center Certified Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators using the Copeland Center’s standard five-day agenda. Participants in this certificate course are provided with Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland’s WRAP® Facilitator Manual and learn how to use this manual to facilitate WRAP®  workshops using techniques that support a core set of values and ethics. This workshop is for anyone who has completed a Seminar I WRAP® workshop and who can illustrate WRAP® through personal examples of using WRAP® in their life. 

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Seminar II – WRAP® Facilitator Refresher Course

Course Description: This training is three (3) intensive days and is for WRAP facilitators who have been trained within but not exceeding two (2) years. This training provides an environment based on experiential, mutual learning and self-determination. Participants will be expected to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with WRAP®.

This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead Seminar I WRAP® groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP® and give presentations on mental health recovery-related issues to groups or organizations. Attendees are expected to have a solid working knowledge of WRAP® and share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP® can work.

Certification renewal can be completed by attending a WRAP® Facilitator Refresher Course. 

  • To maintain active certification status, certified WRAP® Facilitators are expected to go through a three (3) day refresher every two (2) years.
  • If the certified WRAP® Facilitator has not been actively running groups, the Copeland Center and PEERS strongly recommend that they attend a full Seminar II five (5)-day WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training.
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Mentoring and Technical Assistance

Mentoring and technical assistance ensures fidelity to the WRAP® model and consistency in WRAP® groups. Post-training, candidates are encouraged to complete mentoring to enhance their learning and have an opportunity to practice. Mentoring is open to all WRAP® facilitators, including those who are newly trained and those who would like to refresh their skills.

Behavioral health systems that are committed to the promotion of recovery through WRAP® create and support networks where trained WRAP® Facilitators and Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators can receive support around on-going barriers and challenges that emerge and change according to the environment where they work. Facilitating networking sessions reduces feelings of Facilitator isolation and fragmentation, and increases the exchange of ideas between WRAP® Facilitators to achieve great fidelity. 

PEERS offers a monthly Facilitator Mentoring Meeting as an opportunity for continued learning and hands-on practice on the third Thursday of each month.

  • Third Thursday of the month
  • 3 pm – 4:30 pm Pacific Time

To register and receive login information, click this link:
WRAP® Monthly Facilitator Mentoring Meeting RSVP

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Seminar III – Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator Training

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery provides this training each year and PEERS sponsors ten (10) eligible participants to attend. Below are qualities the Copeland Center is looking for in an Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator applicant.

Applicant Qualities:

  • Experience – complete a minimum of five (5) independent WRAP® groups, Mental Health Recovery and WRAP® presentations, and/or supported individuals in writing their own WRAP®
  • Growth – demonstrate growth as a facilitator as determined through evaluations
  • Motivation – be highly motivated
  • Commitment – to the Five (5) Key Concepts of Recovery: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy and support
  • Skills – dynamic presentation and facilitation skills
  • Values and Ethics – demonstrate commitment to the values and ethics of WRAP®
  • Knowledge – a thorough knowledge of all parts of mental health recovery and WRAP®

WRAP® Facilitator Registry

When you attend a PEERS-led Seminar II WRAP® Co-Facilitator Training your name will appear on our Registry which is shared on our website and can also be found on the Alameda County Behavioral Health website. 

Alameda County WRAP® Facilitator Registry

Opportunities

As a way to consciously align ourselves with our mission PEERS prides itself on providing workforce development opportunities to members of our community. Are you a WRAP® Facilitator interested in working with PEERS to co-facilitate a group? Click the following link to apply (available in English and Spanish).

Requirements to Co-Facilitate:

  • Must have a current WRAP® Seminar II Certificate of Completion
  • Must show proof of ability to work in the U.S.

PEERS WRAP® Co-Facilitator Application/ Solicitud para facilitar

Other WRAP® Resources

Questions and Comments?
Call us at (510) 832-7337 
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