Program Implementation

3 Key Educational Steps

Getting a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Program Started

1. Seminar I: Developing Your Own WRAP

This workshop is co-facilitated by WRAP® Facilitators in a variety of formats and agendas, including 8-12 week WRAP groups, 2-3 day workshops, retreats, Online Seminar I: Introduction to WRAP and the Correspondence Course.  Participants in these workshops will learn how to develop their WRAP® as a personalized system to achieve their own wellness goals. These workshops are for anyone and can apply to any self-directed wellness goals. For an introduction to WRAP® completed at your own pace and fitted to your schedule, read about the Copeland Center's Correspondence Course.

2. Seminar II: WRAP Facilitator Training

This certificate course is co-facilitated by 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.

3. Seminar III: Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator Training

This 5-day certificate course is co-facilitated solely by Copeland Center trainers with oversight provided by the Executive Director. Participants build on their experience as WRAP® Facilitators using the Copeland Center Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators Instruction Manual in order to conduct Seminar II WRAP Facilitator Trainings in their community or agency. Certification requires submission of evaluations, video demonstration, successful completion of a knowledge assessment and mentoring. This workshop is for people who have completed the Seminar II WRAP® Facilitator Training and who have facilitated at least five Seminar I WRAP® workshops as a WRAP® Facilitator.

The Copeland Center has a variety of different trainings that provide both support to individuals and empower participants to create comprehensive support groups in their own communities.

This certificate program is designed with participation in a 1.5 hour webinar followed by three day, in-person experiential workshop and followed up with a certification knowledge assessment and mentoring/technical assistance via video co

Vermont Recovery Education Project is a program of the Copeland Center. The Copeland Center offers training, technical assistance, and opportunities for networking to increase recovery oriented services, learn more about practical steps to wellness, and build peer leadership. 

Presented by Gina Calhoun

We have incredible new engagement strategies in our mental health system today!  Sometimes we forget about the basics.  This workshop will focus on moving beyond the traditional provider ‘roles’ and toward relationships.

Course Description:  This online course is for anyone who wants to learn about

Certified Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators number more than 500 individuals, a community dedicated to expand, unite, and strengthen the Copeland Center's mission to promote the Values and Ethics of WRAP® for everyone.

Join experienced recovery educators for a week of activities, workshops, and fun while expanding your wellness toolbox, trying new things, and focusing on your personal wellness. Recovery educators will be on hand to support participants in writing and expanding their WRAPs.

WRAP Facilitation is a training program developed and implemented by the Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery based on ongoing consultation with Mary Ellen Copeland, her associates, Mental Health Recovery and WRAP facilitators and people with a lived experience in recovery.

The Copeland Center's annual conference brings together people in recovery, peer specialists, professionals, and supporters. Learn more about how WRAP works with kids, veterans, healing trauma, people with addictions, transition age youth, people from a multitude of different cultures.

For those of us who have experienced trauma, many things can be triggering. By creating a plan that empowers us to determine what works well for us is a trauma-informed practice. As an evidence based practice (Cooke, et al, 2009) it is recommended that WRAP® classes are to be provided by peers, those with lived experience. Making a connection based on shared experience offers the most hope for others when what works is seen as present in the Facilitator’s experience.


WRAP Testimonial

"I work at the Life Reaching Across to Life Center in Fremont, California. It is a peer-run center where everyone there including me and the center director is a mental health peer.  I've been working there about 12 years. Many of the people who come to our center are on disability due to their serious mental health problems. When I first started working there, a number of the people were going into the a psychiatric hospital 3 or 4 or more times a year when they were having a mental health crisis.

About 2007 we started offering a WRAP planning group at our center.  It meets once a week, going over the WRAP planning book and talking about wellness tools, daily maintenance, triggers, early warning signs, and what to do when things get worse. Since we have started WRAP, to the best of my recollection, there have been only 2 hospitalizations. When I ask people what it is that helps them to be more stable, they often mention their WRAP plans. Thank you so much for the work you have done in creating WRAP plans. You have helped people live richer lives, and have literally saved lives."

Barbara Meyers

From a recent Seminar I participant:

“I really enjoyed the three days and it was great to meet so many people who have benefited so much from WRAP and hear about how others are delivering WRAP.”
-Nicola Gray, Scotland