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1 WRAP for Groups Mary Ellen Copeland PhD Katie Wilson, Moderator

2 Continuing Education Credits Continuing Education credit is provided through the Copeland Centers partnership with Essential Learning, an approved CE provider. Essential Learning, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Essential Learning, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Available Accredited CEUs: APA, ANCC, ASWB, NBCC, NAADAC

3 The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Purpose: To spread the word about mental health recovery and WRAP, and the values and ethics that have evolved with this work, around the country and around the world.

4 Copeland Center Website

5 Upcoming Facilitator Training February 1-5, Austin, TX, Send one person, 1 person comes without charge Last date to register is January 22






11 In this Webinar, we will discuss developing and using a WRAP for your group to stay on track, and to effectively and successfully meet your goals.

12 It will be useful to people who: Develop and/or facilitate WRAP Groups Serve on boards or work with groups, organizations and agencies that sponsor WRAP groups.

13 WRAP Wellness Toolbox Daily Maintenance Plan Triggers Early Warning Signs When Things Are Breaking Down Advance Directive Post Crisis Plan

14 For this specific purpose Wellness Toolbox Daily Maintenance Plan Triggers Early Warning Signs When Things Are Breaking Down

15 Developed by the group facilitators Could be a group that is representing the members of the group

16 Work on it at one or several meetings prior to the start of a group (doing one or several parts at each meeting). You can use these slides and WRAP and Peer Support as a guide.

17 Use the same format you use when working with a group of people on developing their personal WRAP. One person facilitates the group (people can take turns doing this).

18 Facilitator asks for ideas from the group (brainstorming) and records responses on easel pad. Responses are posted. As you complete a section, review what you have achieved and what else you have to do.

19 After you have worked through this process, the group makes final decisions on what will actually be included in the plan. Or you could do that after each section.

20 Group can decide if everyone in the group needs to agree for something to be on the plan. Could use consensus, compromise, majority vote. If something doesn't work for some people, find something else that would achieve the same result.

21 Wellness Toolbox Cornerstone of developing a WRAP List those tools, ideas and strategies that can be used in developing a WRAP for Groups

22 Possible Wellness Tools Check-in at regular intervals Develop a strategic plan Use "I" statements Review the Values and Ethics Take a break for a week Have a celebration Peer counsel

23 Have a discussion to discuss challenges Revise the WRAP Serve refreshments Attention to starting and ending times Comfort or discomfort agreement Brainstorm Consult someone with expertise

24 Review and revise vision, goals, objectives End early Divide the group Change the meeting space Reorganize the meeting space Share responsibilities Research an issue

25 Have a clear agenda and timeline Stick to the agenda and timeline Name tags Availability of resources Housekeeping announcement Accessibility Innovative methods

26 Take a break Take a longer break Have a social event or activity Clear presentation Time to journal One on one support

27 Use the Values and Ethics Checklist Use the Evaluation forms in the Facilitator Manual

28 What the group is like when it is doing well Attendees: Arrive and leave on time Adhere to the schedule Know what to expect Like what is happening Are engaged in the process Come back from week to week-low absenteeism

29 Equipment works Space is comfortable and well-suited Values and Ethics are followed Support is available as needed Great, healthy refreshments and water Facilitator is comfortable and confident

30 People know each others name People treat each other respectfully Accomplish what we set out to accomplish Clarity about what we want to accomplish together Accommodations are made as needed

31 Differences of opinion are respected. Everyone is treated with unconditional high regard

32 Daily Maintenance Start on time Housekeeping announcements Facilitators are well-prepared Participants know what to expect Resources and materials are available Equipment has been checked in advance

33 Room is comfortable Take planned breaks Available water and healthy snacks Periodic review of progress Comfort agreement review

34 Things Might Need to Do Have a celebration Discuss Values and Ethics Address Comfort Agreement issues Develop strategies for working with difficult people Bring in a person with experience Accommodate special needs

35 Have additional breaks End early (transportation, weather) Have extra support available Spend extra time on a specific session Revise the schedule Arrange for one-on-one support

36 Triggers An angry outburst Participants arguing Someone shares a traumatic story Someone in the group is upset Something gets in the way of the schedule Room is too cold or too hot Have to use a substitute facilitator

37 Triggers Action Plan Take a break Do peer counseling Journal Give one one one support End early Divide the group

38 Triggers Action Plan (cont.) Check-in at regular intervals Use "I" statements Review the Comfort Agreement Reorganize the meeting space Do a relaxation exercise or self esteem exercise

39 Early Warning Signs Absenteeism Lack of participation Attendees arriving late Not starting on time Skipping sections One or several people doing all the talking Meeting space disorganized

40 Facilitator is talking too much Run over time Breaks are not on time Complaints from participants Facilitators are arguing with each other

41 Early Warning Signs Action Plan Brainstorming Using "I" statements Using innovative methods Sticking to the agenda and timeline Dividing the group in half Asking for feedback from the group

42 Ask people to fill out the values and ethics checklist Have a social event Review and revise vision, goals and objectives Plan a special activity Arrange for different facilitators

43 When Things are Breaking Down High absenteeism Lack of participation Facilitators aren't getting along One or several people are doing all of the talking Not sticking to the agenda People don't know what they are doing

44 Start late and end early People don't come back from breaks on time or at all People coming and going throughout Not following comfort agreement Values and ethics violations Lots of "nit" picking

45 When Things are Breaking Down Action Plan Divide the group End/reschedule the group Use different facilitators Follow the agenda Review results of values and ethics checklist and take suggested actions Facilitators have a problem solving session with group members

46 Consult with someone with expertise Revise the group WRAP Revise the Comfort Agreement Develop a strategic plan of action Change venue, meeting times Serve different refreshments Take action based on results of evaluation

47 When the plan is complete, it could be posted for easy access, all facilitators could get an electronic copy, and/or all facilitators could get a hard copy.

48 Revisit the plan at regular intervals to assure that it is still working. Facilitators could review it before each session, "How are we doing with our WRAP?" "Are we at the What I am Like when I am well stage and following the DMP?"

49 If not, where are we--Triggers, Early Warning Signs, When Things are Breaking Down Refer to action plans to decide what to do

50 WRAP and Peer Support

51 Upcoming Facilitator Training February 1-5, Austin, TX, Send one person, 1 person comes without charge Last date to register is January 22

52 Use the Build Your Own WRAP Program Take an Online WRAP Course or use one of the many WRAP Resources

53 CEUs & Certificates of Participation Anyone who would like a certificate of participation, please email If you would like to apply for CEUs, please email Katie Wilson,

54 What do you need and want? What do you think would work best? New Phone number (802) 254-5335 New Address PO Box 6471, Brattleboro, VT 05302 E-mail:

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