Hi my name is Mairead and for the last 2 days I participated in a WRAP® Facilitation Refresher Training in EVE, Brú Chaoimhín, Cork Street.
WRAP® stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan® and it was developed by a lady called Mary Ellen Copeland back in 1997 with a group of individuals who had lived experience of mental health challenges. WRAP® is now used for all sorts of reasons by people all over the world.
The course was facilitated by Kristin and Edel and there was 13 of us attending the course, all of whom were staff or service users in various EVE centres.
It was a great opportunity to brush up on WRAP® and to hear any changes that have been made since I did my initial training in 2013. The two days also provides a space to listen to each other and to share ideas and knowledge as a group.
As part of the Refresher Training there was a couple of practicums that we had to complete some of us were a bit nervous about getting up in front of everyone but it is good practise for when we are facilitating WRAP® groups ourselves.
The following is some information from the website http://mentalhealthrecovery.com
WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
WRAP Will Help You:
- Discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
- Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
- Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
- Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
- Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning
WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do.
“When the group developed WRAP, I was so impressed that I went home and wrote one for myself. As I began to live WRAP, my life changed dramatically. Over time I felt better and better and better. WRAP is a way of life for me—a great life.”
Mary Ellen Copeland. PhD