Wellness Recovery Action Plan

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Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a recovery model developed by a group of people in northern Vermont in 1997 in a workshop on mental health recovery led by Mary Ellen Copeland. It has been extensively studied and is now an evidence-based practice, listed in the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).[1][third-party source needed]

WRAP focuses on a person's strengths, rather than perceived deficits. WRAP is voluntary and trauma informed. People develop their own WRAP.[2]


Copeland's work is based on the study of the coping and wellness strategies of people who have experienced mental health challenges. She created a survey and administered it to 125 volunteers to find out what treatments worked for them.[3]

In 2005, Copeland's work led to the creation of the non-profit, the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery which continues her work through trainings around the world.

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery[edit]

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is a non-profit mental health organization that created and pioneered the use of the WRAP and other works developed by Copeland. The Center was established in 2005, and focuses their trainings and programs on persons seeking to take personal responsibility to improve their wellness. They also work with health service providers, businesses and community groups.[citation needed]

The Copeland Center provides training on WRAP, peer support, trauma informed care, on working with youth, and creating organizational change agents.

They have introduced their practices through the training of WRAP Facilitators.[citation needed] There are WRAP Facilitators in the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, China, and Ireland trained by the Copeland Center or Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators trained by the Copeland Center.[citation needed]

Copeland helps train facilitators through the Center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Copeland, Mary Ellen (2012). Facilitator Training Manual: Mental Health Recovery Including WRAP.
  2. ^ "Intervention Summary: Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)". nrepp.samhsa.gov. 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Copeland, Mary Ellen. The WRAP Story: First Person Accounts of Personal and System Recovery and Transformation. West Dummerston, VT, Peach Press: 2008. p. 5.

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