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Like Phish and Ben & Jerry’s, WRAP is a Vermont product that has gained international success. Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and a team of invested participants, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan originally strived to take the abstract idea of “recovery” and put it into a format that people could use in their own lives. It also asked the question, “What can you do for yourself that will help you to be well and stay well?”

While originally designed for and by people with mental health challenges, WRAP has proven successful in helping people with all kinds of chronic illness, as well as helping veterans, families, people with addiction, and people in the process of making life changes. WRAP can be so versatile because it is not a class, program or set curriculum. Rather it is a structure that allows individuals to create plans that work for them.

The foundation of WRAP is a set of Key Concepts which include hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy and support. With these elements in mind group participants develop a wellness toolbox that they use in creating the action plans they develop. Starting with looking at what you are like when you are well, the workshop looks at your daily plans, things that might throw you off or upset you (triggers), early warning signs, and when things are breaking down.

At each stage people identify what they are like based on similar things that have happened in the past. Then they develop specific plans of action as to how they might address these issues in the future. Sharing ideas as a group lets participants know they are not alone, it gives people confidence, and allows them to learn from other participants – not just the facilitators.

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan also has an extensive crisis plan that challenges people to identify what has worked and what has not, based on past experiences. It asks them to clarify the roles of their key supporters. There is also a post-crisis plan that helps a person transition back into their normal routine.

For more information on WRAP, visit Mary Ellen Copeland’s website or the Copeland Center website.

Download this flyer to find out about their upcoming workshops.

To register contact Theresa Schmelzenbach at 802-773-9888 ext. 22



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