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Annual Report
The Copeland Center is rooted in core values and ethics that facilitate wellness, most notably through the facilitation of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)®. All of our facilitation practices have the singular goal to support individuals to live their lives to the fullest, connect with their community and explore their wellness with peers.
Wellness Activities for Kids
Inspired by a Member’s Webinar by Lori Young and Gina Calhoun, Copeland Center Members contributed creative and fun activities to use with kids to explore HOPE, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, SELF-DETERMINATION and ADVOCACY.
Key Concepts Poster
Maybe you were recently trained as a WRAP Facilitator and loved the experience. Maybe you have a lot of experience as a WRAP Facilitator. Maybe you see an opportunity in your organization for a pair of Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators. Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator Training is a 5-day in-person training that certifies participants to train WRAP Facilitators. All participants must be trained WRAP Facilitators. There is an application process to be accepted into the training and the Copeland Center often receives many more applications than it has available spaces. Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator Training is offered 2-3 times a year in the US and 1-2 times a year outside of the US.
Waynette Brock
I had a hell of a moment last night I went to a recovery meeting last night and the topic was HOPE. As I am coming up on a milestone in my own personal recovery, this is the time of year that I reflect on my journey and the lessons that I have learned through the struggles and challenges that I have faced and overcame over the years. Although 12 Step is the foundation of my recovery, I have to say that the Values and Ethics of WRAP along with the Five Key Recovery Concepts have taken my recovery to another level that is much deeper than it was prior to WRAP.
Amey Dettmer
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.
Jenn Cusick

Valuing Ourselves. Grace–for Others, Self and the Process. Part I

By Jenn Cusick of Luminate Wellness

From the WRAP Facilitator Manual – Values & Ethics Number 6:
“Treat them (participants) with dignity, compassion, respect and unconditional high regard.”

I’m going to spend most of this article on “unconditional high regard,” because I think those three words can be unpacked and pulled apart in a deep way. As with everything in WRAP, my words are not meant to give you final answers, but to instead, to encourage you to ponder what this means to you, and how does it play out in your life and work.

Heather Smith

by Heather Smith, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator

When I started this journey with WRAP 3 years ago, I was considered a “clinician” rather than a peer.  I suppose it was a relatively new concept to include people in WRAP seminars that weren’t widely considered to be in the “peer” category.  After a day of listening to Gina Calhoun, Copeland Center Director for Wellness and Recovery Education,  tell me that I needed to shed my own personal labels and just listen to what WRAP was telling me, I gladly walked away from the idea that I had to be either a clinician or a peer.  I stopped accepting that I had to be limited to one category or label.  The group I was with started slowly coming to that same realization too and in what seemed like an instant, we started seeing each other as humans with experiences and feelings and needs and hurts and a desire to be well.  That’s what bonded us (some of us still to this day, 3 years later!).  We stopped excluding each other based on notions of who belonged and who didn’t. 

The Temple University Collaboration on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is doing a research study to learn more about to support students with mental health issues to help them succeed in school. Students who enroll in the study may have a chance to work with someone who will help them to set goals related to their education, relationships, mental health and campus life, and receive encouragement and support to achieve their goals.

Pop-Pop smoked a pipe.  My Mom's Dad.  The tobacco smelled so sweet in the worn leather pouch, his empty pipe stale and sour when I would try inhaling through it when it was empty.  He used to blow smoke rings that I would shoot with my cap gun.  The scent of lighter fluid.  The click of his Zippo. Then one day, as we were driving to the Haverhill Country Club, I noticed that his ash tray was filled with hard candies.  Butterscotch, cinnamon, peppermint, sesame.  And tooth picks. 
Before I had my first child, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about my wellness - I had had some issues, but I worked hard to change the worst parts and I had learned a lot about myself. I took yoga classes, hiked in my spare time, loved cooking complicated meals, made it a point to be a good friend, volunteered in my community with organizations I loved, and even served as an elected official in my small town. Then I got pregnant and I didn't feel great - no glow, a lot of crying, feeling useless at my job. I was sad, all the time. When I went to my doctor to talk about it - I was offered anti-depressants and a metaphor about a bus being happy. I didn't buy it, I didn't want drugs, and I didn't want to be a bus.

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