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Peer support was recognized by a few pioneer professionals as early as the 1930s, such as neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low and psychologist Albert Bandura. Only recently has the field of mental health care begun to use the benefits of peer support through the implementation of a peer specialist workforce. Much change needs to occur to make the full shift toward a comprehensive wellness-based recovery system of support.
Rona McBrierty and Rozlyn Anderson are featured in this 9 minute interview sharing how Copeland Center WRAP® Facilitation has an impact on one's personal recovery and recovery to practice skills for mental health care providers creating transformational change at the community level. Rona and Rozlyn are Copeland Center Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators and are from two culturally diverse regions of Scotland.
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.
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!
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.
Trauma occurs when a person is overwhelmed by events or circumstances and responds with intense fear, horror, and helplessness. Extreme stressoverwhelms the person’s capacity to cope. There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. In 2010, WRAP® was recognized by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an evidence-based practice and listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (http://nrepp.samhsa.gov). Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) released the results of a rigorous study that demonstrated significantly positive behavioral health outcomes for individuals with severe and persistent mental health challenges who participated in peer-led WRAP® groups. Research studies on WRAP® from UIC cited that positive outcomes were tied to the fidelity of the WRAP® facilitation model designed by Mary Ellen Copeland and developed by the Copeland Center.
Today, WRAP® is being widely implemented by behavioral health systems, however, significant compromises to the resources provided and fidelity in implementing WRAP® is falling short of the quality people in recovery deserve. People in recovery deserve the best services we have to offer!
Thousands of people across the United States and around the world use WRAP to deal with difficult feelings and behaviors, enhance their wellness and meet their goals. Join Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Jawanza Hadley, as he takes us through a basic overview of WRAP® with a special focus on employment.
By Eric C. Larson
The nature of self-care is that there is no external validation from society that you are doing something of value. Hence the tendency to relinquish self-care as a rite of passage to work hard is a historical trend. Unfortunately some of my career success has been built upon the self-made premise that I show up consistently even when I don’t feel well. Granted sometimes I feel better if I just get out the door and push through morning malaise but other times it is more distinct and this is where I lack awareness.
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