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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.

National Council

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 Way WRAP Works

Executive Summary

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.

The Copeland Center's Summer newsletter is now available as a PDF file. Please feel free to print and share.

The Copeland Center celebrated National Wellness Week with three webinars designed to encourage individuals, families, and communities across the country to improve their health behaviors.

by Matthew Federici, Executive Director

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan can “Save Lives!”  I recently attended a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) Wellness Steering Committee, when it became clear that we need to shine a light on the whole health approach that WRAP® is in the lives of so many of us.  The SAMHSA Wellness Steering committee is a multidisciplinary Steering Committee representing “consumers”, providers, and researchers guiding national strategies to tackle the issues of whole health for people who are served by the mental health system as a result of alarming number of people with mental health diagnosis who are having significant medical issues including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and are receiving inadequate access to medical care.

Mary Ellen,
I realize you must be an extremely busy person so you can read this when you have some time on your hands. I was twelve years old when I was diagnosed Bipolar. I was on heavy medication schedules and in one mental hospital or another my entire childhood. By the time I was thirty-one years old, I opted not to have children as my doctors explained to me it would be irresponsible for someone as mentally ill as I was to bring children into the world. I was a recluse and eventually became a full blown agoraphobic. So there I was; childless, poor, alone, overweight and completely lost in a world that was sold to me from a very young age.

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