Lasting Benefits of my Experience of a WRAP Around the Word Conference By Bob Rousseau
It was more than the crack in the Liberty Bell and a hankering for a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich that drew me to my first WRAP Around the World Conference in Philadelphia three and one half years ago. It was the hope to be inspired, empowered, and to have renewed my own commitment to WRAP’s mission of self-directed wellness, through its 5 key concepts and 15 values and ethics.
The late Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, used his creative writing talents to address critical social issues of his time (1856-1950) such as the exploitation of the working class and equal rights for men and women. He also said,
“Only those who have helped themselves know how to help others, and to respect their rights to help themselves.”
Essentially George Bernard Shaw saw the value of peer-support, and among the social issues of his time, the issue of undervaluing and even the discouraging of peer-support.
My name is Amey Dettmer, and I am writing this essay to share about my experiences and connections I have made with fellow WRAP enthusiasts since learning about WRAP. I had my first opportunity to learn about WRAP in November 2012, when I took my first Seminar One Course. In June 2013, I became a WRAP Facilitator, trained by Gina Calhoun, Jawanza Hadley, and Matthew Federici. I then attended The Copeland Center Summit in Philadelphia in September 2013. Most recently, I attended The Copeland Center Summit in November 2014, in State College, Pennsylvania. Since becoming a facilitator, I have had the opportunity to co-facilitate a one day WRAP Workshop, a two hour introduction to WRAP, two 3 day WRAP Seminar One Courses, and I am currently co-facilitating a weekly 8 week WRAP Workshop, for the 3rd time. Needless to say, WRAP has made a huge impact on my life, and I am dedicated to sharing WRAP with others as much as possible.
By Rachel Kim Calhoun with a little help from friends
*Rachel is featured in the WRAP Workbook for People with Developmental Distinctions
I have lots of Wellness Tools in my Toolbox! All of them are important, but there are a few I can always count on. For example, my key supporters are very, very important. My Mom supports me every day in good times and painful times. I was recently diagnosed with TMJ –a joint disorder - and it really hurts. Mom goes with me to the doctor to make sure the doctor listens to what I have to say. When I am awake at night because the pain won’t allow me to rest Mom stays awake with me. It is not so much what she says that makes the difference but that she is consistently there with and for me.
My Dad’s words still ring in my ears and put a smile on my face. One day in the midst of despair, I said, “I wish I was well enough to work” to which my Dad replied, “Perhaps work will make you well.”
So this story begins. There was one time in a 17-year period of back-to-back institutionalizations, where I was able to remain in the community for almost 6 months. I was on an outpatient commitment, but that is NOT what made the difference! As part of my so-called mandated treatment plan, I was to attend a partial day program. My brain just could not figure out how illness-based thinking and conversation would lead to wellness-based action, so I refused to follow the involuntary treatment of someone else’s choosing.
The 2015 National This Person Award was given to Matthew Federici, Executive Director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. At the Copeland Center, who's mission is to "promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment," Matthew has been at the forefront of sharing the benefits of WRAP with the world. His dedication and work with the Copeland Center has helped even more people discover the empowerment that WRAP can bring to people. The award was given at the San Diego County Wellness and Recovery Summit on March 19.
In this informative webinar, Judith Cook PhD presented a rigorous research study of WRAP participant outcomes that was accomplished through collaboration between university researchers and WRAP advocates/facilitators in Ohio.
"I am working with Shery Mead to update the book we wrote in 2004, WRAP and Peer Support. If you have experience using WRAP and Peer Support or WRAP and Intentional Peer Support, please let us know how you did that and how it worked for you. Your experience can be really helpful to others. Also, please let us know if we can use your name in the book if we use a quote from you. Thanks so much for your help with this important project. I will continue to ask for information from you over the coming weeks. We look forward to hearing from you." WRAPandPeer@WRAPandRecoveryBooks.com