Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jensen Earns Certification as Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Trainer

Nancy Jensen has worked part time at CCSR for the last five years. This summer she was hired as a full-time peer educator who works on the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) team.
Nancy Jensen

“In my new role I’m taking a training position rather than a logistics position. I also make sure the database on those we train is up to date,” said Jensen.

In addition, she proctors the monthly CPS exams. Recently Jensen participated in a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training in North Carolina. WRAP is an evidence-based, self-directed wellness tool developed by the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery to help people who have experienced emotional and psychological distress maintain their wellness, cope with internal and external stressors and deal with crisis situations.

“WRAP helps you on paper explore ways of how you are going to deal with a situation,” said Jensen. “The plan is very helpful in how you handle stress in your life or your work life, how you handle disturbing things that come up. Most of all it’s how you stay well.”

As WRAP has shown its effectiveness in the mental health field, it has been applied to other situations where people want to maintain wellness, such as diabetes and chronic pain. According to Jensen, “It’s not just for those with lived experiences of mental illness; it’s also for anyone working on any issue in their life.”

Jensen is looking forward to sharing the skills she acquired at the training with community partners and other organizations. She will lead sessions presenting WRAP to groups of consumers and clinical staff. She will also be able to provide refresher courses for those who were trained in WRAP prior to its evidence-based practice (EBP) designation, assuring fidelity to the Copeland Center model.

“After having lived experience by being in the system and having social security disability for over 20 years, this position has been a goal of mine for many years. I’m looking forward to continue to learn and serve,” said Jensen.

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