Fairfax-Falls Church WRAP® Program Facilitator Training

                  May 1 - 5, 2017 



(The application submission deadline is 4:30 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017.)




Presented in partnership with The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery


Spend five days with the Fairfax-Falls Church WRAP® Team's Advanced Facilitators learning to become an effective Mental Health Recovery Educator and WRAP® Group facilitator.  At this training, you will gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process and learn to:

  • work with people to help them  uncover their personal strengths and discover how they can use these strengths to support their recovery and wellness
  • effectively share the key concepts to recovery: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support
  • work with individuals and groups to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan,
  • teach about wellness tools and strategies
  • empower and motivate people to work toward recovery – feeling the way they want to feel, making their lives the way they want them to be, and moving toward meeting their life goals
  • use interaction and presentation styles and strategies that enhance recovery

This course models the behavior of a facilitator in a WRAP® class and stresses authenticity and unconditional high regard, as well as a strong set of values and ethics to guide your work.

Before attending the facilitator training, it is expected that you have familiarity with the different parts of WRAP® through completion of one of the following; A Copeland Center Correspondence Course, a 2 or 3 day Seminar WRAP® Course/Workshop, or an 8 or 12 week WRAP® Course/Workshop.

What to Expect from the 5 day Training

Some things to consider

Before making a commitment to becoming a WRAP® Facilitator, you may want to know what our hope is for you as a WRAP® Facilitator.

Many WRAP® Facilitators have shared again and again with us that one of the best preparation for this course is to have developed a WRAP® for yourself and to have used it frequently (ideally for at least 6 or more months).  WRAP® was developed from the lived experience of a group of peers and hence the greatest fidelity to WRAP® is continued through the collection of our experiences.  When you accept the certificate that qualifies you as a WRAP® Facilitator, you will be making an explicit agreement to uphold a clear set of Values and Ethics. Mary Ellen Copeland has been quite clear that if you don’t want to, or cannot adhere to these Values and Ethics then you cannot work with her curriculum or even present yourself as a representative of WRAP®. These values and ethics will be made much clearer when you go through your training, but for now please understand that WRAP® Facilitators are expected to:


  • Facilitate the creation and maintenance of a safe learning environment
  • Openly share enough of your personal experience with recovery for participants to be able to relate to you as a peer and equal
  • Make every effort to accommodate diverse human needs and different learning styles
  • Accept everyone exactly as they are right now
  • Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with participants as true peers
  • Treat participants with dignity, compassion, respect and unconditional high regard
  • Facilitate a mutual learning process
  • Support real self-determination
  • Absolutely refrain from ever giving advice, counsel or recommendations
  • Encourage participants to reflect on their own experience
  • Leave all agendas (political, religious, philosophical, treatment, personal or other) outside ®
  • Present Mary Ellen’s material in the clearest, simplest terms
  • Share illustrative examples of how WRAP® makes a positive difference in your life and share personal insights into various elements of WRAP®
  • Follow the strictest codes of sexual conduct
  • Support personal responsibility and the concept that each person is the expert on his- or herself at all times, and constantly reinforce WRAP®

All WRAP® facilitators struggle from time to time in the effort to live up to these practices, and can miss the mark, but what makes us WRAP® Facilitators is our dedication to the effort.

Funding your training

Who might be able to assist you

The Fairfax-Falls Church WRAP® Program has a limited number of scholarships which cover the training fee for individuals living in the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Alexandria or the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William.

For individuals not living in Fairfax County or the cities of Falls Church or Fairfax, the COST of the training is $925 and does not include travel, lodging and expenses.

If you are need financial assistance to pay for the training it is a good idea to contact others who might be able to help.

To get started it is often useful to write your own statement of why you want to attend the training and how you would like to use it when you are done.  When you are asking for financial assistance having the statement clearly written out to give to anyone who might be interested along with a description of the course which you can copy from our website (http://fairfaxfallschurchwrap.org) may help them understand your interest and commitment. This is a chance to put into practice the key concept of self-advocacy.

Here are some places where others have been successful in getting funding to cover some or all of their expenses to do the training:

  • Ask relatives and friends to contribute to the cost of training and travel expenses. Explain to them how much you can contribute, why you want to go and why they should invest in you. Facilitating WRAP groups helps others and might be a cause some of those around you would be happy to support. Even small contributions can help get you there.
  • Contact your local Community Services Board or Mental Health Center. Call or write the director saying you are looking for financial assistance to help attend a Mental Health Recovery Seminar. If the director cannot help you, ask this person where they would suggest you look for funding.
  • Talk with your local social clubs, like drop-in centers where people meet for support. If you have one in your area, they may give grants to people who are interested in being trained to teach others.
  • If you are working with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS), they may provide funding. (DARS is a state agency.)
  • Check with groups that serve people with disabilities to see if they have something to offer. Look at both state and local levels.
  • If involved with a place of worship, check to see if they may have connections. One person funded her attendance by connecting with her church that was able to get funds from the Catholic Office of Ministry for Persons with Disabilities. Your place of worship might have similar resources.
  • Some people prearrange a trade with agencies or organizations to fund part of their tuition and travel expenses. They promise to conduct a certain number of presentations or WRAP® groups in exchange for money to train. Some people approach multiple groups to cover more of the costs.
  • Contact the local branch of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


Application submission deadline is no later than 4:30 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017.