WRAP® During the Pandemic


As our world shifts with the COVID-19 global outbreak, The Copeland Center would like to address the big question that so many have been asking us:
“Can we co-facilitate WRAP® online?”

We have explored the many unique needs and challenges with “going online” and are providing the following guidance for our co-facilitator community:  

  • Trained WRAP® Co-Facilitators may offer Introductory WRAP® Sessions, or online space for ongoing WRAP® groups in order to meet community needs. *These sessions and groups do not meet the pre-requisites needed for the WRAP® Seminar II Co-Facilitator Training* However they may be a good new pre-requisite for the standard Seminar I WRAP® group.
  • The Copeland Center is the only organization able to conduct the WRAP® Seminar I Online course.
  • There is not a model Online version of the WRAP® Seminar II Co-Facilitator Training. The online experience is not a suitable replacement for the 5-day experiential in-person training based on the evidence-based practice.

During this time of COVID-19, we are encouraging our peer support community, including WRAP® Co-Facilitators, to promote social connection while practicing physical distancing.  We invite WRAP® Co-Facilitators to reach out to your WRAP® community using remote access tools. For example, email, text messaging, Facebook, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and free apps like Houseparty, or other virtual communication could be useful in connecting with previous WRAP® participants.  

Additionally, we are encouraging WRAP® Co-Facilitators to consider these options;

  • Share the following resource during WRAP® discussions, Wellness Guide for Isolation During Covid-19. Contact us about how to offer online groups based on this guide.
  • Contact the Copeland Center to discuss partnering to launch our Online WRAP® Seminar I model course for your community
  • Download the WRAP® App or explore other WRAP® Resources offered by our Partner, Advocates for Human Potential.
  • Contact the Copeland Center to develop and offer supportive and educational online groups that that complement not substitute the evidence-base WRAP® process.
  • Offer support to people who have completed the WRAP® Seminar I group to explore wellness topics, refresh their WRAP® or adapt their WRAP® to the needs of the current times.

It is crucially important that we all keep in mind the importance of holding fidelity to the evidence-based practice of WRAP® that we have all come to know as a transformative experience and program.  Peer support is a crucial tool as we revisit our WRAP®s and consider updating our "Daily Plans" and "Action Plans" to support us through the current period of uncertainty and change.  Although we need to be clear that these supports are not the EBP model, there is much we can do at this time through technology with WRAP®.  We especially see an opportunity to improve the follow-up support we offer to people after they have learned to develop a WRAP® to live their WRAP® and adapt their WRAP® to the changes in our life

We are excited to share that the Online WRAP® Seminar I model that the Copeland Center has developed was approved for a study with Dr Judith Cook at UIC.  This will be the start of further exploring an evidence base for an Online curriculum that maintains the integrity of WRAP® group programs.
We thank you for your continued commitment to wellness, fidelity and creating quality group learning experiences with WRAP® in your community.  If you would like more information or clarity regarding these answers, please reach out to [email protected]  

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