WRAP® for the Effects of Trauma
I have always suspected that the mental health challenges I have faced in my life, and those that affect so many other people, were actually caused by the “bad things” or trauma, that they had experienced. Over time more and more people, both clinicians and people with lived experience, have come to share the view that the things we experience, like flashbacks, dissociation, anxiety, paranoia, nightmares and hearing voices, are the result of trauma. Now it is considered best practice to ask a person who is having a hard time, “What happened?” and “What do you need?” instead of “What is wrong with you?” And, given that focus, there are lots and lots of things that people who have been traumatized can do to help themselves feel better and stay well. Mary Ellen Copeland
WRAP is a great tool that you can develop for yourself to do just that. This book is an adaptation of the basic WRAP program for people who recognize trauma as the cause of their mental health difficulties. It includes information specific to the experience of being a trauma survivor, examples of signs of distress that may be trauma-related, and lots of ideas for Wellness Tools and Action Plans that work. It can be your personal guide to recovery and wellness whether you are developing your WRAP in a group, if you are working with a supporter to develop your WRAP, or if you are developing your WRAP on your own. Like the red WRAP book, it contains comprehensive instructions for developing your WRAP and in-depth descriptions of some of the most common Wellness Tools. In addition, it contains lots of information and examples that are specific to addressing issues related to trauma, with information from people like yourself who are working on their wellness and recovery.