Presentation on theme: "Wellness Recovery Action Plan: Overview"— Presentation transcript:
1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan: Overview Presented by Katie Wilson, M.S.Director of Marketing & Special ProjectsThe Copeland Center for Wellness and RecoveryJune 2, 2010
2 Key Concepts Hope Personal Responsibility Education Self-Advocacy Support
3 There is Much to Hope For! You can get well and stay well for long periods of time!You can work toward and meet your goalsYou don’t need nor will you benefit from dire predictions about the future
4 Personal Responsibility You are the expert on yourself.You know what you want and need.It is up to you to take personal responsibility for your own wellness and your own life.
5 EducationLearn all you can about yourself so that you can make good decisions about:TreatmentLifestyleCareerRelationshipsLiving SpaceLeisure ActivitiesAll Aspects of Your Life
6 Self Advocacy Go for it with courage, persistence, and determination; Express yourself clearly and calmly until you get what you need for yourself
7 SupportSupport from family, friends, and care providers is definitely helpful. Being effectively supported will help you feel better and enrich your life.You will benefit from having at least 5 good friends or supporters you can call on when you want or need
8 WRAP Will help you stay as well as possible Help you keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors and develop plans of action to help you feel betterTell others what to do for you when you feel so badly you can’t make decisions, take care of yourself, and keep yourself safe
9 WRAP You and only you decide: If you want to write a WRAP How much time it takes youWho you want, if anyone, to help you with itHow you use itWho you show it toWhere you keep it
10 WRAPTo develop your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan begin by developing a list of personalWELLNESS TOOLS
11 Wellness ToolsWellness tools are things you do to keep yourself well, and the things you do to help yourself feel better when you are not feeling well.
12 Wellness ToolsYou may have discovered them yourself or learned about them from others.Most of them are simple, safe, free and non-invasive.
13 Wellness Tools Exercise Light Relaxation Techniques Peer counseling JournalingVideo Chatting with friendsEating a healthy mealAnything you enjoy
14 Daily Maintenance List Write down how you feel when you feel well.
15 Daily Maintenance List Some words that others have used:Bright HappyOutgoing OptimisticHumorous CompetentAthletic IndustriesContent ResponsibleReasonable Withdrawn
16 Daily Maintenance List You may also want to include on this page any specific things you want to work in your WRAP like:Building Your Self-EsteemGoing Back to WorkGetting a Different JobsAny goal you want to work on
17 Daily Maintenance List Make a list of things you need to do for yourself every day to keep feeling well
18 Daily Maintenance List Be specific:Get up at 7am on weekdays so I can get to work on timeGo for a walkWrite in a journalSpend half an hour enjoying a fun, affirming creative activityDrink 5 glasses of water
19 Daily Maintenance List Next make a reminder list for things you might choose or need to do any day.Reading through this list daily and doing those things that need to be done reduces stress in your life and helps keep you on track
20 Daily Maintenance List Ideas of things that might be included on this list are:Calling your counselorBeing in touch with familyDoing the laundryPaying billsTaking a hot bubble bath
21 TriggersExternal events or circumstances may make you feel like you are getting ill.These are normal reactions to life events - but if you don’t respond to them, they may actually make you feel worse.
22 Triggers Examples: Problems at work Financial problems - a big bill Feeling left outAnniversary of a loss or traumaPeople shoutingHaving to talk to someone I don’t know
23 Triggers Action PlanAfter your list of Triggers, develop a plan that you feel will keep you from feeling worse if a triggering event occurs.
24 Triggers Action Plan Sample Plan: Get one thing done that I know I can do wellTalk to a supporterPlay my guitar for an hourDo a breathing exerciseMake sure I do everything on my daily maintenance list
25 Early Warning SignsEarly Warning Signs are internal and may be unrelated to reactions to stressful situations.They are subtle signs of change that indicate you may need to take some further action.
26 Early Warning Signs Examples: Forgetfulness Being impatient Spending money impulsivelyFeelings of hopelessnessThinking something bad is going to happen
27 Early Warning Signs Action Plan Sample PlanSpend at least 1 hour involved in an activity I enjoyGet plenty of restTell a support how I am feelingDistract my mind from anxious thoughtsDrink some water
28 When Things are Breaking Down or Getting Worse You may begin to feel even worse - very uncomfortable - but you are still able to take some action on your own behalf.This is a very important time. It is a necessary to take immediate assertive action to prevent a crisis.
29 When Things are Breaking Down Examples:Unable to sleepObsessed with negative thoughtsAvoiding EatingFeeling oversensitive or very fragileRisk taking behaviors like fast driving
30 When Things are Breaking Down Action Plan The plan needs to be clear and directive, with many things you must do and fewer choicesSample:Arrange for at least 3 days off of workCall my doctor or care provider and ask for their adviceDo 2 peer counseling sessions, 3 deep breathing exercises, 2 focusing exercises
31 Crisis Planning It includes: What you are like when you are well Indicators that others need to “take over”Who “takes over” and who doesn’tInformation on your healthcare providers and medications
32 Crisis Planning Home/Community/Respite Plan Acceptable and Unacceptable Hospital FacilitiesThings others can do to helpThings that others might do that would make you feel worse
33 Crisis Planning A list of chores and tasks for others Indicators that the plan is no longer neededSignatures of key people
34 Post Crisis PlanningThe time you are healing from a crisis can be very importantAlthough you may feel ready to begin taking care of yourself again, you may still be dealing with difficult feelings or symptoms, as well as the aftermath of the crisis
35 Post Crisis PlanningAddress Issues and Create a Timetable for resuming responsibilitiesProactively make decisions about the following issues that make sense to you
36 Post Crisis PlanningHow would you like to feel when you have recovered from the crisis?Who do you want to support you through this time?Where will you go afterward?Who would you like to stay with you?
37 Post Crisis Planning List: Things you can ask others to do for you Things the can wait until you feel betterThings you need to everydayThings and people you might need to avoidPeople you need to thank or apologize toSigns you can return to your daily maintenance list
38 WRAPPerhaps you have started to work on your own plan or are helping someone else develop their plan.If so, give yourself some credit for the work you are doing. You nay even want to give yourself a reward from time to time.
39 The Copeland Center Offering WRAP Facilitator Training August Chicago, IL in connection with NAOPS conferenceSeptember Brattleboro, VT
40 mentalhealthrecovery.com Books & Resources Books by Mary Ellen Copeland are available on:mentalhealthrecovery.com
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42 Wellness RetreatExperienced Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators will be leading a wellness retreat in southern New Hampshire in October 2010.
43 For more information, visit: Mentalhealthrecovery.comMentalhealthrecovery.com/webinars.php