Correspondence Course

This course is designed to help you learn:

  • mental health recovery concepts and
  • how to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP)

Divided into six lessons with reading assignments, projects, activities, and discussion with the instructor, the Correspondence Course takes you through recovery topics, peer support, trauma, lifestyle issues, WRAP, and reflection on your own recovery journey. The course instructor is an experienced recovery educator.

You can expect to spend four to five hours per week for six weeks reading and completing assignments. You may complete the course at your own pace in up to 2 years. It is recommended that if you are planning to attend a 5-day WRAP Facilitator Training, you should complete this course a minimum of two weeks prior to attending. This will allow you time to begin using your WRAP plus review the materials.

In areas where several people have taken the Correspondence Course, some participants met together, usually weekly, to discuss and work on assignments together. We encourage you to consider this option. The Correspondence Course is an excellent way to prepare to become a WRAP Facilitator. We suggest that you begin work on the Correspondence Course at least eight weeks before the start date of the WRAP Facilitator Training.

Lesson OneStudy of underlying recovery concepts, including hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and different types of support (peer, family, professional, community).
Lesson TwoLanguage has great power. It can stigmatize or uplift. Awareness of the language we use will promote the use of language that reduces stigma and promotes wellness and recovery.
Lesson ThreeExplore the use of various simple, safe, self-help wellness tools that people who experience mental health difficulties have found to be useful in temporarily relieving their symptoms and maintaining wellness including peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction exercises.
Lesson FourDevelop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan that includes a daily maintenance plan, identifying and responding to triggers, identifying and responding to early warning signs, identifying those symptoms that indicate the situation has worsened and responding to those symptoms to successfully relieve them and writing an effective crisis plan or advance directive and a post crisis plan.
Lesson FiveExplore specific issues that affect wellness, including changing negative to positive thoughts, building self-esteem, suicide prevention, reducing the effects of trauma, journaling, diversionary activities, exercises, sleep and developing a lifestyle that enhances wellness.
Lesson SixThe course concludes with reflection and discussion of your perception of recovery and whether or not it changed after reading the material and doing the assignments and exercises related to the course.

Due to the evolving participation in the Correspondence Course worldwide, all new enrollments will have up to two years to complete course work. After two years, if work is not completed participants may apply for an extension. Extensions may require an additional fee of $50 unless extenuating circumstances apply.  All extensions will be reviewed and approved by the executive director. Thank you for your interest in WRAP and partnership in recovery with the Copeland Center.

Registration fee $325.00

This fee does not include the cost of books used for the course.

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If you would like to make arrangements to register multiple participants at one time, please contact or 802-254-5335. 

Payment Policy

We will send course information and assignments once we have received your registration information and payment. There are no refunds available for this course.

Required Books

Copeland, M. E. 2010. "WRAP Plus"

The book may be purchased from:
WRAP and Recovery Books