Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Facilitator
Certification Process through PEERS Includes:
- Seminar I activity (4 options)
- Seminar II five-day intensive WRAP facilitator certification training
- Mentoring workshops for pre-certified and certified WRAP® facilitators
- Co- facilitation of WRAP® group(s) with an experienced WRAP facilitator for 3 sessions
Seminar I: Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®)
Course Description: WRAP® Seminar I is for anyone who wants to learn about WRAP® and begin to incorporate an evidence based recovery plan into their life to improve personal wellness and achieve an improved quality of life. This workshop is designed to be highly interactive and encourage participation and sharing from all present. This workshop also lays a broad foundation for building a peer workforce.
Key Learning Objectives: Through participation in Seminar I people will be able to:
- Apply Key Concepts of Recovery into their everyday life to improve their quality of life;
- Identify tools and action plans to counter the negative effects of life challenges and improve responses to disturbing thoughts and feelings to achieve improved states of wellness; and
- Describe the history, foundations and structure of Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP).
Options of Learning Formats:
Seminar I is offered in four different formats; any of these workshops qualify as a perquisite to attend Seminar II WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training.
- Seminar I in-person workshop (2-3 days)
- Weekly on-going WRAP® group (8 - 10 weeks)
- Highly recommended to those who wish to become future WRAP® facilitators
- WRAP® Retreat (Only offered by the Copeland Center)
- Copeland Center Correspondence Course (Only offered by the Copeland Center)
Seminar II: WRAP® Facilitator Certification Training
Course Description: This course is 5 intensive days of workshops that prepares participants to facilitate WRAP® groups in their community and organization. It is for people who have completed a Seminar I WRAP course. The Seminar II WRAP® Facilitators course provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality and self-determination. This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead Mental Health Wellness Recovery (WRAP®) groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP® and give presentations on mental health recovery related issues to groups or organizations.
Key Learning Objectives: Through participation in these workshops participants will gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process and learn to:
- Work with people who have lived experience with mental health, and may have experienced challenges, to discover tools and strengths that can be used to enhance their recovery;
- Effectively share the underlying concepts necessary to recovery - hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support;
- Work with individuals and groups to develop a WRAP;
- Teach about wellness tools and strategies;
- Empower and motivate people to work toward recovery – feeling the way they want to feel, making their life the way they want it to be, and moving toward meeting their life goals; and
- Use interactive presentation styles and strategies that enhance recovery.
Mentoring and technical assistance ensure fidelity to the WRAP® model and consistency in WRAP® groups. Post-training, candidates are encouraged to complete mentoring to enhance their learning and get the opportunities to practice with experienced WRAP® facilitators.
Examples of WRAP® Mentoring
- First hand group observation field experience
- One-on-one learning sessions with an Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator
- Attend monthly facilitator meetings conducted by Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitators
Note: Mentoring is for people who are newly trained and those who would like to refresh their skills
Co-Faciliation of WRAP® Group
After being certified as a WRAP facilitator, PEERS staff will assist you with your own group by co-facilitating up to 3 WRAP® groups with you. We also offer the opportunity for newly trained WRAP facilitators to co-facilitate a group to gain first-hand experience.
WRAP® Certification Renewal
Renewal can be completed by attending a WRAP® Facilitator Refresher course.
- Every two years Certified WRAP® Facilitators are expected to go through a two day refresher.
- If the person has not been actively running groups it is highly recommended by the Copeland Center and PEERS to attend a Seminar II for re-certification.
Learn more about this work:
More than 450 people across the globe gathered to exchange views on WRAP and meet leaders in the mental health field at the WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland from January 27-29, 2013.
When it comes to mental health and wellness, the recovery process is not a one-size-fits-all phenomenon.
For the last two weeks, the buzz in the PEERS office has been about the wellness tool WRAP, which stands for the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
WRAP is an evidence-based self-directed approach to overcoming health challenges and maintaining wellness.