What is WRAP® – (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and Why Should My Organization Utilize it?

WRAP is an evidence-based best practice.

Judith Cook, a well know researcher, spearheaded a study in the late 1990s that gave WRAP® the designation of an evidence-based best practice.

WRAP® is a program that when facilitated properly, it gives people tools to be able to make significant positive changes to their lives. The province of British Columbia endorses WRAP® as solid recovery-based, psychosocial rehabilitation program. Many communities and health authorities (Fraser Health and Vancouver Island Health Authority, and Vancouver Coastal) have already implemented WRAP® programs.


WRAP is a recovery-based wellness program that gives people simple tools that encourage personal responsibility, self-determination, mindfulness and self-awareness for all demographics.


A WRAP (Seminar 1) workshop can be offered in a two or three-day format. For Fraser Valley organizations, it can also be delivered weekly for six to eight sessions. WRAP is facilitated by 2 trained facilitators. It is a group learning process that provides opportunity for participants create their own wellness plans.


To keep fidelity to this important recovery based program, facilitators must be trained by a certified Copeland Center Advanced Level facilitator. The WRAP philosophy requires that facilitators stand shoulder-to-shoulder with workshop participants, through sharing personal challenges and triumphs in dealing with life challenges. Anyone can facilitate WRAP® - people with lived mental health experience, family members, providers, as long as they are able to take a peer approach to facilitating a mutual learning experience. 


The delivery of WRAP® is grounded values and ethics.

WRAP is a program that embodies recovery and the recovery movement. 

WRAP can be used for people of all ages - children, teens, adults.

WRAP can be used for groups such as families and teams. Organizations and programs frequently use WRAP as a tool to keep the team well.

WRAP can be used by support staff and clinicians, as a tool for self-care. Having and utilizing a self-care plan like WRAP, can help prevent burnout. 


For more information about delivering WRAP®, read The Copeland Center document "The Way WRAP Works".