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NWI Newsletter

October 27, 2022

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Is Wraparound Losing Its Soul?

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NWI Resources and News

Is Wraparound Losing Its Soul?

This new blog ponders the state of Wraparound's "soul" – adherence to its principles and values – and what it takes to keep its soul intact.

What do you think of the state of Wraparound’s soul? What do we need to do to keep it? Use this ultra-brief survey to let us know, and we’ll report back on what we hear.

Wraparound Data: Opportunities for Researchers and Graduate Students

Working together, with hundreds of partners across the country, our team has gathered an abundance of data on Wraparound practice and implementation. If you are a graduate student seeking a thesis or dissertation topic, or are a researcher with expertise in child and family service delivery, and wish to take advantage of NWI and NWIC’s wealth of data and partnerships, we want to hear from you!

Spotlight: Fall 2022

Sarah Miller

Spotlight on Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller is currently the Family and Peer Services Director of NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Sarah is a Wraparound trainer, and has found Wraparound principles and practices invaluable not just in her professional life, but also with her own family.This Spotlight describes Sarah’s inspiring Wraparound journey.

Do you know someone whose work with Wraparound should be recognized in the NWI Spotlight? Nominate them here!

News from the Field

The following are NWI staff selections of recent news items of interest to the Wraparound community:

  • Can Digital Tools Alleviate the Mental Health Crisis?
  • Winning Youth Essays on Mental Health
  • Connecticut Reduces Foster Care by a Third
  • Expanded Safety Net Drives Drop in Child Poverty
  • Long-Term Outcomes from Gender-Affirming Hormones
  • Why Youth Run from Foster Care

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: Innovations in Conducting System of Care (SOC) Evaluation: What Can it Look Like Now?

Date/Time: November 2, 2022, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

Evaluation is a powerful tool for telling stories about the impact (or lack of impact) systems of care (SOC) have in communities. Join us for a 4-part learning and networking series that will ask: What are the possibilities? Are we asking the right questions? Are we sharing information in meaningful ways?

Webinar: Cyberbullying: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?

Date/Time: November 9, 2022, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Cyberbullying – intentional harm to a target using digital technologies – is a world-wide problem that has both immediate and long-term psychosocial consequences for perpetrators, targets, and witnesses. This presentation will consider what motivates some persons to engage in cyberbullying, what makes it so harmful, and what schools can do to prevent this behavior and intervene when it occurs.

Webinar: Stress & Resilience Among LGBTQ+ Populations Who Defy Dichotomies

Date/Time: November 15, 2022, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

Although mental health providers are increasingly trained to intervene upon anti-LGBTQ+ related stress, few clinicians are equipped to intervene upon the unique – and often hidden – identity-related challenges faced by individuals who defy binaries. Towards that goal, this webinar introduces a new and powerful cross-population framework that highlights the challenges and strengths associated with holding an identity that defies binary categorization. Clinical implications and applications will be discussed.

Webinar: Suicide Risk Assessment

Date/Time: November 18, 2022, 10:45am PT / 1:45pm ET

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can be experienced by anyone but are more likely by people with mental health concerns. People who work with or care for vulnerable populations will likely encounter individuals talking about suicide and suicidal ideation, and it is important to project calm and poise at these times. This class aims to improve comfort and skill levels with this difficult and emotional topic by exploring and practicing assessment protocols and conversation dynamics.

Webinar: Building Resiliency

Date/Time: November 29, 2022, 6:45am PT / 9:45pm ET

Resiliency refers to the ability to withstand the stresses and strains of life and work and have a strong capacity for adaptation. Resilient people tend to display certain personality traits, but in addition have robust daily practices that keep them mentally and physically strong. This class explores the problem of chronic unremitting stress on our overactive and distracted brains and offers a set of different skills for robust mental health that can be learned and practiced by anyone.

Documentary: Can You Punish a Child's Mental Health Problems Away?

This short film provides updated information on the “troubled teen industry.” Spread across the country, this array of boot camps, wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers is supposed to help children with mental health and behavioral issues through a mix of therapy and tough love. In reality, some of these organizations cause harm to some of the children they purport to be treating because of a reliance on archaic tactics, a lack of oversight and regulation, and a focus on maximizing profit.

Order Publications from the NWI

Printed copies of the following publications can be ordered from the NWI:

  • Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families
  • Manual del Usuario del Proceso de Wraparound (Asistencia Integral): Una Guía para Familias (Spanish Version of The Wraparound Process User's Guide)


"The NWI works to promote understanding about the components and benefits of Wraparound, and to provide the field with resources to facilitate high quality and consistent Wraparound implementation."

Funding / support

The NWI would like to thank the individuals and organizations that make our work possible through collaboration and other forms of support.


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