Copeland Center

Wellness Newsletter March 14, 2014
In This Issue
Upcoming Trainings
Membership Drive Continues
Register for Free Webinars
WRAP: A Universal Key to Whole Health
Sharing Your Wellness/Recovery Story

Upcoming Trainings with The Copeland Center

WRAP Facilitator Training, West Chester PA
Begins April 14

Online WRAP Facilitator Renewal Course
Begins April 18

Online Seminar 1
Begins April 24

WRAP Facilitator Training, Denver, CO
July 21-25, 2014

WRAP Facilitator Training, Brattleboro, VT
September 29 to October 3, 2014

Copeland Center Membership

Your membership will help to support the ongoing work of The Copeland Center transforming lives by promoting wellness, recovery, and peer support through training, technical assistance, and advocacy. Join online or download our membership form and pay by check.

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Our Mission  

The mission of The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery  is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment.
We focus on shifting the system of mental health care toward a prevention and recovery focus. As the system shifts to reform through education, training, and research we use the accomplishments developed and implemented by the people being served and the people who care for them. We reinforce this by building networks that reflect mutual support and community organizational empowerment. 

WRAP Facilitator Directory 

offers connections with locally trained, certified and current WRAP Facilitators who can offer the evidenced based practice WRAP workshops in your community.  In order to be listed in this directory you must have completed the 5-day WRAP Facilitator Course offered by the Copeland Center or a current Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator of the Copeland Center. Further, listed WRAP Facilitators have maintained their refresher credits approved by the Copeland Center.  Registration costs vary. If you qualify to be listed in the directory,

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Upcoming Webinars


WRAP for People with Developmental Distinctions Part 2

March 27 at 2PM Eastern Time

WRAP® for People with Developmental Distinctions is a workbook based on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan®. It is beneficial for adults who have their own unique way of learning and/ or communicating; people we may refer to as having developmental disAbilities. It guides a person through a process to develop his/her own plan to live a happier and healthier life. It can also be used as a plan to support a person to reach a self-identified life goal.

This Webinar is for people who are supporting adults with developmental distinctions to create and live WRAP®.  Lori Young and Gina Calhoun will share ideas for things you can do to make developing a WRAP easier, more interesting, more compelling and more fun.Register today for this free webinar!

Controversial Wellness Tools

May 1 at 2PM Eastern Time

Wellness Tools are things we do to keep ourselves well, and the things we do to help ourselves feel better when we are not feeling well. Most of them are simple, safe, free and non-invasive.
In WRAP groups and when writing our own plan, Wellness Tools are usually one of the first things that we work on. We may have discovered them ourselves or learned about them directly from others. When facilitating Wellness Tools we often find people disagree over some “controversial” wellness tools. Should people list them in their WRAP plans? Should they be written up on the easel pad to share with others? What do we do as a WRAP Facilitator when controversial wellness tools come up? How do we explain controversial wellness tools in our groups, to our boss, or our system?
Gina Calhoun, Director of Recovery Education, and Joch Woodruff, Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, for the Copeland Center will discuss their perspectives on the subject of controversial wellness tools that are guided by the values and ethics of WRAP. Sign up for this thought-provoking encore webinar, back by popular demand, where multiple perspectives will shed light on differences and similarities.

Register today for this free webinar!

Online Learning Opportunities

Online WRAP Facilitator Renewal Course set to begin April 18



  “I think this WRAP Refresher course in totality is excellent. I want to say it is because of the quality and what is that exactly. (1)  The expertise of the instructors on the WRAP material (master’s level– beyond advanced). (2) Fidelity to the Model of WRAP Delivery AND (3) Not too tepid to correct us gently.”
Participant in the Online RefresherThis course was designed to give people a chance to meet WRAP Facilitator Refresher Training requirements without leaving home. It is ideal for people who might like a slower paced training with lots of time between meetings to review material and absorb more, make stronger connections with participants and the facilitator, and be able to fit it into your schedule. Costs associated with travel, lodging, meals, etc., are eliminated making the training more affordable. It also allows people an opportunity to complete the course that would otherwise be difficult because of work or personal commitments.

Visit the website for more information and to register.


Online Seminar I: Introduction to WRAP to begin April 24


WRAP is for anyone who wants to learn about and increase personal wellness and achieve an improved quality of life. In this workshop, you will learn about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) and begin to incorporate it into your life. It 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. In addition to creating your own WRAP plan, you will also become familiar with the values and ethics of WRAP that make it such an effective tool within systems of care.

This class fulfills the prerequisite for being trained as a WRAP Facilitator. Go to the  website for more information about this new online offering and to register.

WRAP: A Universal Key to Whole Health

 by Matthew Federici, Copeland Center Executive Director


WRAP is like a universal skeleton key that can unlock many aspects of wellness in one’s life.  As a WRAP® Facilitator following the Copeland Center values and ethics, the workshop discussions and learning has always been one of whole health, wellness, and recovery. Our focus on Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self Advocacy and Support as a foundation for self-directed recovery and the planning process for recovering our wellness encompasses our minds, body and souls.  The simple, accessible and safe wellness tools we discover with each other have benefits on multiple aspect of our health not just our thoughts and emotions.

Here are just a few examples from real people for whom WRAP is useful for multiple aspects of their health:

“Frankly, I use my WRAP plan for everything in my life, and I do have health issues including diabetes. It is as important as my daily meds…..”  -Angel

“I have three WRAPs. One for my Mental Health, one for my diabetes, and one for work. It is an amazing tool.” -Tammie

“I use WRAP for living well with MS.” – Nannette

“I used WRAP with my WRAP buddy for weight loss and more importantly, as a tool to get through a Stage 3 cancer and 6 subsequent surgeries.”  -Margo

If you want to experience greater wellness not just based on one aspect of health but your whole health, then try WRAP®.  If you want to improve the life span and whole health of people you serve in the mental health field, contact the Copeland Center and bring a WRAP® Facilitation to your community.

As it is has been said many, many times WRAP® SAVES LIVES, it’s for you and “only you can do a WRAP!”

Sharing Your Wellness/Recovery Story
May 19 & 20, 2014 in Hermitage, PA

On May 19 and 20, the Copeland Center will hold its first Storytelling Training with advanced level WRAP Facilitator Gina Calhoun and Dr. Scott Heller.

We know that stories are important for educating and motivating children. Research also indicates that they are just as important for educating and motivating adults.

This 2-day workshop is designed for anyone who has a story to share and will focus on the benefits of storytelling, as well as provide a step-by-step guide for writing and presentation in a way that educates, inspires and motivates. It will also enhance the incorporation of stories into public speaking forums.

Learning Objectives

This presentation will:
1.    Examine the benefits of storytelling for both the teller and listeners of the story.
2.    Demonstrate how statistically people remember stories better than raw data.
3.    Explore a step-by-step process for writing your wellness/recovery story in a way that educates, connects, and inspires.
4.    Practice skills in sensory language as well as sharing a 10-minute story.

Register Now!

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