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This members-only webinar with Executive Director Matthew Federici will be an interactive session exploring the research, best practices and personal applications of key wellness concepts we can chose to bring into our leadersh

Letty Elenes
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, Letty Elenes, Program Director of Doors to Wellbeing, was presented with the Youth and Young Adults Peer Leadership Award. At Alternatives 2017, Letty organized a diverse group of young people to speak about their experiences, growth and future of our peer movement.  
Letty says, "I will continue inspiring young adults to achieve their dreams and goals in life. Our past does not dictate our future. Our “mistakes” are learning opportunities. I am privileged with incredible mentors but it is MY CHOICE to make a change for the better, I will forever be grateful and stay humble."
Crystal Brinkley

by Crystal Brinkley

The Community Inclusion course was extremely refreshing to me personally as a consumer as well as professionally.  I am very eager to see and be a part of the growth of this movement!  It was invigorating to learn of an even greater holistic model for health and wellness. I thoroughly enjoyed the three day process including all the materials, the presenters and the diversity of interactive modalities used.  The surveys and breakout groups were so helpful each in their own unique ways!  Even having to present my wellness story in terms of impactful domains of participation was rewarding, especially after doing the exercise linking experiences back to childhood.  By reframing my experiences in this way, I felt an even greater purpose and value in not just what I'm doing but why - it's given me even more meaning and empowerment for the domains I'm currently active in. 

Linda Meyer

by Linda Meyer

As I continue with my own wellness transformation journey, I realize more and more each day how I have really become a different person. I am breaking the chain from my past struggles and triggers that try to challenge me today and I am accomplishing this because of the important life changing concept of WRAP that came into my life 6 years ago.

Gina Calhoun

The mission of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment.  We focus on shifting the system of mental health care toward a prevention and recovery focus.

Gina Calhoun
The simple reason why storytelling is becoming a key influence in organizations is that it works.  Intentional storytelling can get results in the values-driven organization that data driven forms of communication cannot. Storytelling can awaken the listener to learning in a heartfelt, lasting way.

Mary Ellen quickly realized she was not going to be able to spread this by herself, thus the Facilitator Training was born. I was in the first Vermont facilitator training and co-facilitated the second one in Vermont with Mary Ellen. These were similar to and yet different from the trainings of today. Many people who took those early trainings had never done anything like facilitating, and for many this was their first job in a long time. People like me who had done educational trainings had never self-disclosed and saw trainings through a system’s lens even though we were peers. It was not a simple or smooth beginning, but we believed so strongly in WRAP’s ability to change people’s lives that we struggled on.

Jane Winterling

I am Jane Winterling, Director of the Vermont Recovery Education Project with The Copeland Center.  I am a baby boomer, the oldest of 5, and I was born right after WW II into a small farming village in New York state - into a culture of keeping secrets. Independence and strength were to be cultivated and problems were better left alone.

Needless to say I did not fit in to this reserved community and I learned early on that to keep myself and my family safe I needed to become invisible and disappear just like so many other people did in the community. No one knew there was such a thing as mental health challenges. People just disappeared or drank. Now we call it isolation and addiction.


Dear Friends and Family:

As the reach of the Copeland Center expands around the world, it is important to me as the Executive Director that I stay in touch with our community.  With all the uncertainty around us, be it in the world or in our own backyards, I wanted to let you know we are here. The Copeland Center community is healthy and growing thanks to your support and commitment.

As you all know, it is the inspiration and groundbreaking leadership of Mary Ellen Copeland with the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) that serves as our foundation and guiding light. Copeland Center WRAP® trainings have expanded to empower peers in supporting themselves and other peers in groups as varied as youth, veterans, people with developmental distinctions and countless others.  Since our founding in 2003 the Copeland Center community has deepened the understanding and application of core wellness based values and practices to promote WRAP through certifying an increasing number of talented and committed Copeland Center WRAP Facilitators.  Our community of facilitators and members cut across cultural, multidisciplinary, institutional and geographic barriers creating systems transformation from the inside-out and the outside-in. 

Jennifer Moyer

by Jennifer Moyer

I first learned about WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) at a peer conference back in 2012.  Several years prior to then my world was falling apart.  I was close to being homeless and my family was falling apart but during that time, I never gave up hope.  By holding on to hope, I knew things would get better and there was always something to be thankful for along the road back to wellness and recovery.