Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP® is an evidence-based practice used worldwide by people dealing with mental or general health challenges and by those who want 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 is dedicated to providing quality WRAP® orientations, workshops, and training since our inception in 2001. Our goal is to offer WRAP® in a variety of formats and agendas in adherence to it’s 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/organization Click Here or for more information contact wrap@peersnet.org or call us at (510) 832-7337

*Due to COVID-19 

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 for this reason all weekly virtual groups do not count as a prerequisite for the Seminar II. At this time PEERS is not planning to hold any in person workshop/training and will resume in-person activities when it is deemed safe for the health of staff and our community participants. 

Introductory Orientations 

Course Description: Introductory Orientations are for anyone interested in learning more about what WRAP® is and or for anyone who might be considering attending an ongoing group (Seminar I) and or to get ideas for their own WRAP®s. 

Join us for our monthly introductory orientations on the 4th Thursday of the Month, unless otherwise noted.  Please check The Calendar

9:30am – 12:30pm Pacific Time (English)

1:30pm – 4:30pm Pacific Time (Spanish)

To register and to receive the login info, click this link WRAP® Introductory Orientation Sign-Up

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.  

 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 Standard 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 to receive the login info, 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 for this reason all virtual groups do not count as a prerequisite for the Seminar II.

Seminar II WRAP® Co-Facilitator Training

Course Description: This training is 5 (five) 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. 

Seminar II WRAP® Facilitator Refresher Course

Course Description: This training is 3 (three) intensive days and is for WRAP facilitators who have been trained within but not exceeding 2 (two) 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 3 (three) day refresher every 2 (two) 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 5 (five)-day WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training.

Mentoring and Technical Assistance

Mentoring and technical assistance to ensure 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 that 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 Thursdays of each month.

3rd Thursday of the Month

3pm – 4:30pm Pacific Time

To register and to receive the login info, click this link  WRAP® Monthly Facilitator Mentoring Meeting RSVP

Seminar III Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator Training

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

 Applicant Qualities:

  • Experience- Applicants have completed a minimum of 5 independent WRAP groups, Mental Health Recovery and WRAP® presentations, and/or supported individuals in writing their own WRAP®
  • Growth as a facilitator as demonstrated through evaluations
  • Motivation- Applicants are highly motivated
  • Committed to the 5 Key Concepts of Recovery – hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support
  • Dynamic presentation and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and ethics of WRAP®
  • Have 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. If you are 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?

  • Must have a current WRAP® Seminar II Certificate of Completion to co-facilitate
  • Must be able to show proof to work in the US

PEERS’ WRAP Co-facilitator Application/ Solicitud para facilitar

Other WRAP® Resources

For Questions and Comments call us at: 510 832 7337 or email wrap@peersnet.org