The Peer Training Network
What is the Peer Training Network?
The Peer Training Network (PTN) is the newest component of Recovery Services at Sweetser. The PTN’s purpose is to provide recovery-based facilitator level training to peers participating, volunteering or working in behavioral health settings throughout Maine. Technical assistance will be available through the PTN for all facilitators trained through the PTN to put on their own workshops; including help with logistics, registration and tracking, refresher training and webinars. We have trained 42 WRAP® Facilitators who practice from Madawaska to Saco, and Bridgton to Searsport.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
WRAP® is a premier product in recovery-based training. WRAP® is a self-management and recovery system for persons coping with diverse physical and behavioral challenges. The PTN will continue to offer WRAP® Seminar II- Facilitator Training to peers participating, working or volunteering in behavioral health settings (behavioral health homes, assertive community treatment programs, clubhouses and peer-run recovery centers).
Thousands of people across the United States and around the world have trained as WRAP® Facilitators. These people are changing the mental health system to honor people’s recovery journeys. 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.
This training is appropriate for anyone who would like to lead WRAP® groups, work with others to develop their own WRAP and give presentations on mental health recovery related issues to groups or organizations. Attendees are expected to have a solid working knowledge of WRAP and share their experiential knowledge of how WRAP can work.
The WRAP® Facilitator training provides an experiential learning environment based on mutuality. Participants in this course will be expected to participate in interactive learning activities and demonstrate their own experience with WRAP®. To attend this training, it is expected that you have familiarity with the different parts of WRAP through completion of one of the following prerequisites (which must be conducted by a WRAP® Facilitator):
8 or 12 week Seminar I group or workshop or the 4-day WRAP® Seminar I- Introduction to Mental Health Recovery offered by the PTN
Additionally, it is expected that you will also have developed and used your own WRAP.
Click HERE to watch a short webinar on "WRAP® Facilitation An Evidence Based Practice" (please note the webinar starts a little bit late into the recording)
For more information on WRAP®:
For a video on benefits of becoming a WRAP® Facilitator:
Transformation of Community Support Through Copeland Center WRAP® Facilitation
Commitment to Training
If employed or volunteering for agency or center:
- Agreement from Agency for 9 days training for peer staff and when trained peer staff to hold 1 workshop within 90 days of completion of training and 2 additional workshops the following year. (If employed or volunteering for agency or center.)
- Commitment from agency: to collect and submit workshop outcome data to the PTN in compliance with DHHS.
Please consider your ability to commit time and energy to this project before applying. Check each box to signify you have read and understood requirement:
- Completing all nine days of training
- Committing to hold a WRAP Workshop with up to 18 participants within 90 days of completion of facilitator training
- Committing to holding two additional WRAP workshops with up to 18 participants in the following year
- Committing to gather and submit workshop outcome data in compliance with DHHS requirements
Values & Ethics of WRAP®
In order to do this work, it is essential that you understand and support the values and ethics. If you don’t want to or can’t adhere to these values and ethics, do not work with this curriculum.
- Honor Participants.
- Accept them as they are; unique, special individuals.
- Remind them that there are “no limits” to anyone’s recovery.
- Give them a sense of hope.
- Validate their experiences.
- Treat them with dignity, compassion, respect, and unconditional high regard.
- Give each person choices and options, not final answers.
- Support the concept that each person is the expert on themselves.
This work is:
- Based on self-determination- it opens the door for individuals, but doesn’t dictate their path.
- Rooted in the belief in equality- no one is any better or has higher value than anyone else.A mutual learning model, where both people work together to increase understanding and promote wellness.
- Adaptable to anyone’s personal philosophy.
- Simple and safe for anyone, regardless of the severity of their difficulties.
- Based on common sense.
- Infinitely doable.
- Always changing- the body of knowledge is always expanding and is infinite.
- Not based on any philosophy or model, but can incorporate any philosophy or model.
- Not only a program- it is a way of life.
Used with permission of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, www.copelandcenter.com.
Process to become a Facilitator:
Fill out application packet and return by mail, e-mail or fax to:
Peer Training Network
190 Lancaster Street, Suite #30
Portland, ME 04101
Fax number: 842-2463
UPCOMING 2018 PEER TRAINING NETWORK OPPORTUNITIES:
(Applicants must complete all 9 days of training)
|Seminar I:||Introduction to Mental Health Recovery and WRAP®||
|Seminar II:||WRAP® Facilitator Training (counts as CIPS Continuing Ed.)||
"Training & Education - Tools for Recovery and Wellness"
Peer Training Network
190 Lancaster Street, Suite#30
Portland, ME 04101
What People Are Saying About WRAP Facilitator Training
“WRAP saved my life… I wanted to know if I was really feeling this… I don’t have to live in that sequence… I now know that I may not be able to fix something today, but I can live for today, thanks to WRAP!” --Carrie Sanford Murray, WRAP® Facilitator