It is the end of summer in Vermont. The leaves are starting to turn and the mist in the morning air is magical making each dot of color a unique visual meditation. I have been reflecting on the many rich discussions about living WRAP and creating our personal Plans over the years and I wanted to share with you the big lessons learned from creating a Wellness Toolbox for myself.

This one hour webinar highlighted a new collaborative program between the Copeland Center and One New Heart Beat called Mentoring for Re-entering, which utilizes the evidenced based practice of WRAP Facilitation to engage, support and empower people who have been incarcerated to re-enter community life with wellness and support.

Tom Doucette

by Tom Doucette, Assistant Executive Director H.E.A.R.T.S. Peer Support Center in Nashua NH and an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator

Five of the things I base my life on are the Five Key Concepts of WRAP. I had Hope when I was first diagnosed some fifteen years ago and my life made sense. When I read Kay Redfield-Jamison’s book “An Unquiet Mind” I had more Hope. Then I found WRAP - or I actually feel it found me - and I had real Hope.

Check out Mary Ellen Copeland's keynote speech from the Copeland Center Summit on November 11, 2014 in State College, PA. Mary Ellen stresses the importance of wellness first through WRAP. Taking care of our own wellness allows us to open up to care for others, work on relationships, and improve our health and well being. Hear it straight from the inspirational author about what we each can do for ourselves and change our systems of care.

Recovery to Practice Next Steps training brings together peer support providers from a variety of places (geography, philosophy, training, lived experiences, educational backgrounds, and perspectives) to share the richness of their lived experiences as peer providers, learn with and from each other, and come to a common understanding of how to support people in recovery through some of the current best practices in peer support.

Steven Morgan

Intentional Peer Support is a framework for thinking about and inviting transformative relationships among peers. Participants learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.  In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore the tasks and principles of IPS, what makes it unique, and how to begin using IPS to create social change.

Robert Martin

This WRAP presentation will be about how to educate people coming home from prison on implementing WRAP and maintaining a better quality of life.

Learning Objectives:
1. Enhance people's knowledge about WRAP as a whole.
2. Educate the audience and each other on simple techniques for integrating WRAP with people who have forensic back grounds.
3. Come up with new styles of incorporating WRAP behind the prison walls.

Yvonne Smith

WRAP Group agreements help put into practice the Values and Ethics that are essential to WRAP during the group learning process. I recently returned from an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator Refresher training where there was a remarkable change in how we do agreements. The usual agreement often mimicked what we saw in other support groups, mainly in setting up rules for people to follow and with expressing individuals' requests of the group that helped make them feel comfortable.

Carol and her father

Carol Bailey Floyd, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, wrote this piece about her father who was an inspiration to her and whom she shares about all the time. The Copeland Center is fortunate to have Carol reflect on her relationship and her WRAP after his passing.

When my Dad, Sherman Bailey, was in his eighties, I began to dread the time when he would pass away.  Ever since I was a little girl, I loved hanging around with my Dad.  He was charming, witty, intelligent, and fun.  From as far back as I can remember, I followed him around helping him with chores and gardening.  He was famous for his Bailey tomatoes and to me there was no better culinary delight than a red ripe tomato right out of his garden.  Dad grew his last vegetable garden was when he was 95!

On facilitating WRAP for people with developmental distinctions

by Gina Calhoun

We often view people who learn outside the academic status quo as disabled.  This has not been my experience. I had the honor to facilitate WRAP for people with developmental distinctions.  Let me tell you a little about our group.