WRAP for Youth
As a young person myself, WRAP for me is a self-management system that equips me for lifelong wellness. However, more than just a personal self-managing guide, the evidenced-based practice of WRAP is about the GROUP PROCESS and environment that is created within the group. Youth being able to be with other youth in a way that creates understanding, mutual learning and self-identified tools for wellness.
In Youth Specific WRAP, one of the key components is that WRAP groups are led by youth for youth. The theory behind this is that youthhave much more likelihood of connecting with other youth because they can relate better, rather than adults connecting with Youth.
Not to say that youth who are introduced to a WRAP group facilitated by adults won't benefit, because they likely will. They just might get more out of it when other youth model and example Wellness and WRAP for them.
In my opinion, a worker might want to consider learning about WRAP and become a WRAP facilitator to be able to create the WRAP environment for Youth wanting to get well, and stay well through self identifying steps for wellness, and proactive planning for when a person becomes unwell.
WRAP groups are about mutual learning, which does promote both the self-care for the facilitators and participants alike.
The process of WRAP training looks like this:
1. Attend a WRAP Seminar 1: Developing your own WRAP (time frame can vary depending on who hosts the training, usually either 2 or 3 days or a weekly group model) to learn about WRAPand experience the group process.
2. Attend a WRAP Facilitator Training (5 days) to learn how to enhance facilitator skills, uphold the fidelity and values and ethics of WRAP, along with guidance on how to facilitate a WRAPgroup.
There is also Advanced Training that someone can take after those steps and experience co-facilitating WRAP. Keep in mind that a WRAP group always needs two facilitators, therefore if an agency wants to start a Youth WRAP program, they might benefit from covering the costs of training atleast 2 people, to make it easier to get the groups started.
Amey Dettmer is Special Projects Coordinator for the Copeland Center's National Consumer Technical Assistance Center, Doors to Wellbeing.