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NWI Newsletter

September 29, 2022

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Wraparound Data: Opportunities for Researchers and Graduate Students

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NWI Resources and News

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!

New Recorded Webinar: Getting Better Data

In case you missed it, here is the recording of "No More Garbage In Garbage Out: How to Get Good Survey Response Rates So You Can Make the Most of Your Wraparound Data." Ensuring high-quality Wraparound is dependent on accurate assessment of fidelity and outcomes; however, many sites struggle to get data for sufficient numbers of youth and families. This webinar reviews best practices for obtaining high WFI-EZ response rates and describes ways that WrapStat, and other measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), can facilitate data collection best practices and high response rates.


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.

News from the Field

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

  • Research Update: Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults
  • New Program Successfully Supports Foster Youth in College
  • How to Address the Child Therapist Shortage
  • Parental Trauma Leaves Biological Traces in Children

Events and Opportunities

Recorded Webinar: Youth Trauma and Resilience in Contexts of Poverty

A growing body of research has begun to change understanding of how toxic environments can affect young people, particularly African American boys and young men. In this webinar, we hear about risk and protective factors for youth exposed to poverty, racism, and violence, and about how research, policy, and practice can incorporate these lessons.

Webinar: Role of Bias in Education Disparities

Date/Time: October 5, 2022, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

In this workshop, participants will review what bias is, examine the role of bias in educational disparities, and consider the implications of their learning in their own contexts.

Webinar: Assessing and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Date/Time: October 11, 2022, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This session will include general information about the diagnosis, common symptoms that parents may raise during office visits, and tools to help providers with diagnosis. The session will also outline the current gold-standard treatment options, with particular focus on the behavioral strategies that are effective in treating symptoms of ADHD.

Webinar: ADHD in the Black Community: Unmet Needs from Childhood through Adulthood

Date/Time: October 27, 2022, 9am PT / 12pm ET

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) impacts all communities, yet there are disparities in treatment and care specific to the African American community. These disparities occur throughout life from the prenatal period through late adulthood. This talk will examine these unmet needs through the presentation of scientific data and case vignettes, addressing issues such as socioeconomic disadvantages, lack of medical education, and professional recognition. The speaker will discuss bias, mistrust in the system, and poor cultural understanding of African-American children's, adolescents', and adults' unique needs.

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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