WRAP evolved out of (and continues to be) a process deeply rooted in the values and ethics that guide a relationship based on mutuality and a shared learning process where we are all equal contributors.
In order to do mental health recovery and WRAP work, it is essential that WRAP facilitators understand and support the following Values and Ethics:
- Each session supports the premise that there is hope, that people can get well, stay well for long periods of time, and do the things they want to do with their lives.
- Self-determination, personal responsibility, empowerment, and self-advocacy are key aspects of this program.
- The program supports workshop decision-making and personal sharing.
- Participants are treated as equals with dignity, compassion, mutual respect, and unconditional high regard.
- There is unconditional acceptance of each person as they are, unique, special individuals, including acceptance of diversity with relation to culture, ethnicity, language, religion, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and “readiness” issues.
- This program is based on the premise that there are “no limits” to recovery.
- Participants are given the opportunity to explore choices and options, and are not expected to find simple, final answers.
- All participation is voluntary.
- It is understood that each person is the expert on her or himself.
- The focus is on individual strengths and away from perceived deficits.
- Clinical, medical and diagnostic language is avoided.
- The focus is on peers working together and learning from each other to increase mutual understanding, knowledge and promote wellness.
- The program emphasizes strategies that are simple and safe for anyone, and it stays away from strategies that may have harmful effects.
- Difficult feelings and behaviours are seen as normal responses to traumatic circumstances and in the context of what is happening and not as symptoms or a diagnosis.
- There is unconditional acceptance of all creative work and expressions that are created or brought to each session.