Values & Ethics for Group Facilitators

In order to do mental health recovery and WRAP work, it is essential to understand and support the following values and ethics.  To offer co-facilitated WRAP® groups based on the evidence-based practice complete the pre-requisite work and the Copeland Center's Seminar II WRAP Co-Facilitator Certification Training. If you don’t want to or cannot adhere to these values and ethics, please do not do this work.

As a WRAP Facilitator you must:

  • honor the participants
  • accept them as they are and as unique, special individuals
  • remind them that there are “no limits” to anyone’s recovery
  • give them a sense of hope
  • validate their experiences
  • treat them with dignity, compassion, respect and unconditional high regard
  • give each person choices and options, not final answers
  • support the concept that each person is the expert on him or herself

In this work, participants learn through their own experience and the experience of others. This work is:

  • based on self-determination – it opens the door for individuals, but doesn’t dictate their path
  • rooted in the belief in equality – no one is any better or has higher value than anyone else
  • a mutual learning model, where both people work together to increase understanding and promote wellness
  • not necessarily a replacement for other kinds of therapy, but can complement any other therapy
  • adaptable to anyone’s personal philosophy
  • simple and safe for anyone, regardless of the severity of their symptoms
  • based on common sense
  • infinitely do-able
  • always changing – the body of knowledge is always expanding and is infinite
  • not based on any philosophy or model, but can incorporate any philosophy or model
  • not only a program – it is a way of life

There is no room for big egos or “power trips,” bigotry, prejudice or hatred. Everyone belongs at the table, no matter what their issues or where they are on their path. There are no predetermined outcomes. Each individual works at their own pace toward their own goals.

There is no “political” agenda. (Political discussions need to be saved for the appropriate forum.)

Strict codes of sexual conduct must be followed at all times. As a facilitator, do not behave in a manner that might be construed as sexually suggestive, harassing or discriminatory. If anyone in your group or at your presentation does any of these things, let them know it is not acceptable. If you are having a hard time with this, discuss it with someone you trust who can give you helpful guidance and support in addressing this issue.

Do everything you can to ensure a safe, comfortable and respectful atmosphere for all participants.


"We must work to make sure that every person knows that they can get through even the hardest of times, and come out on the other side, and that the system can provide the tools so that can happen.  We must work to make sure that every person has access to this knowledge and to these services without stigma—young and old, rich and poor."
-Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD
November 9, 2011        Barre, Vermont