FWRAP - Family Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop


  • Have you had someone close to you been diagnosed with a mental illness?

  • Is your care and concern for your loved one leaving you with little time or energy to care for yourself?

  • Family WRAP is a free 8 week self-help workshop based on the original WRAP program created by Mary Ellen Copeland

  • We meet once a week for 2.5 hrs for the total lenght of 8 weeks

  • Coffee, tea are provided

  • The course and all training material are free

  • Together, we explore ways to support our struggling loved ones without losing ourselves


What Others Say About FWRAP?

  • "Family WRAP gave my husband and myself a well defined road map on how to stay the course for the best way to assist our family in dealing with all the facets of mental illness in our home and lives. It does this as well as provides a way of assisting us to realize that looking after ourselves personally is not only OK but absolutely necessary to maintain a sense of balance.....even in the face of our loved one's challenges and during times of crisis."

  • "One of the most basic but most useful tools in our toolbox is to help us adjust to the challenges and gifts mental illness brings to our lives." 

  • "FWRAP gave me the tools and took so much weight off my shoulders in dealing with my husband's illness and allowed me to focus on what I needed to do to get myself through this difficult time."

  • "Family WRAP workshop made an immense difference in my struggle with my son's mental condition. I felt that I lost myself. The workshop provided structure; each session helped with a different aspect of coping and it gave me the tools to cope better. There was a community where I could talk about anything; cry, listen, learn from others and be supported by all. Both facilitators were excellent, knowledgeable and compassionate. It felt like the only place that I could be myself. I have continued attending PSO's Family Peer Support Groups and find the sessions very helpful as well"

  • "In a time of crisis and uncertainty, FWRAP brings information, education and emotional support in a caring and supportive environment."

  • "I sincerely can say that the 8 weeks of FWRAP were without a doubt an extraordinary experience that provided me with information, tools, awareness to take care of myself and to be able to help and understand the person I am supporting and living with. It was a helpful and wonderful workshop and I recommend it."

About the Authors:

  • Original WRAP was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of people who had been living with a variety of mental health challenges and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives

  • WRAP is based on Mary Ellen Copeland's lived in experience and that of hundreds of consumer-survivors she interviewed

  •  In 1997, several dozen individuals who had experienced serious mental illnesses came together in northern Vermont for an eight-day gathering designed to initiate dialogues on how to improve their emotional and mental health

  • Many of the attendees had been residents of state psychiatric hospitals at various periods in their lives

  • They came together to discuss practical strategies for regaining and sustaining their own wellness. They did not know it at the time but this cadre of intrepid explorers was blazing the trail towards a new international self-help movement for wellness and recovery


FWRAP Is Designed to:

  • Identify what families need for every day wellness

  • Develop skills and tools from a personal WRAP as well as family WRAP

  • Help each member contribute to plans that the family will use to improve day to day interactions, meet daily challenges and promote mutual cooperation


Key Recovery Concepts of FWRAP:

  • Hope for Individual and Family

  • Personal responsibility for Individual and Family

  • Education for Individual and Family

  • Self-advocacy for Individual and Family

  • Support for Individual and Family


FWRAP Includes:

  • Wellness toolbox for Individual and Family

  • Daily maintenance plan Individual and Family

  • Identifying triggers and an action plan Individual and Family

  • Identifying early warning signs and an action plan for Individual and Family

  • Signs that things are breaking down and an action plan for Individual and Family

  • Crisis planning for Individual and Family

  • Post crisis planning for Individual and Family

  • Recovery Topics for Individual and Family


To Register for FWRAP:

  • This is a 8-week program

  • We meet once a week for 2.5 hrs

  • The course and training materials are free

  • If you wish to explore this means of recovery, created by fellow families, please call early to register as class size is limited

  • We offer ongoing FWRAP workshops throughout the year

  • Click here to register


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