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.
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.
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.
by Susan Folk
Prisons can be a very tough place to live and work. Tension is frequently high as inmates deal with un-resolved trauma and not-enough resources to bring the necessary healing. Staff are frequently doing the best they can to meet the safety and security needs, and have little time or ability to focus on preparing offenders for successful reentry. Fortunately, our society has realized warehousing people does not work. It is expensive and promotes more criminal activity, harming the safety of our communities. The good news is: creating effective reentry programming is becoming a high priority in the United States and around the world.
Doors to Wellbeing,
National Consumer Technical Assistance Center sponsored in part by SAMHSA,
invites WRAP Facilitators from
PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV, IA, KS, MO, and NE to a
WRAP Facilitator Refresher in Philadelphia, PA on
WRAP® and Peer Support were highlighted at the 15th Annual Mental Health Transformation in Action Conference organized by Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and Project Director for the Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project, Cindy Schwartz. Cindy, in co-facilitation with Sandra McQueen-Baker, has built a network of WRAP Facilitation that is helping to transform the relationships between consumers, law enforcement and community members in Florida.
by Amey Dettmer
Last week, I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a training titled Sharing your Recovery Story. The two day training was facilitated by Gina Calhoun and Scott Heller, both hope inspiring humans involved with the recovery movement, WRAP, and creating a wellness perspective on mental health difficulties. At this training, participants were able to learn about ways to structure and organize a speech in a way that inspires, motivates and educates its listeners.
WRAP is turning 19 and we are planning a celebration with Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. She will be honoring the day with a free webinar where she will answer your questions about WRAP! The webinar is set for Tuesday 3/8 @ 1pm EST, please register at the link below, and also send in your questions!