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NWI Newsletter

December 5, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Upcoming Webinar: Youth Factors Associated with Wraparound Fidelity and Satisfaction

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar: Youth Factors Associated with Wraparound Fidelity and Satisfaction

In this webinar we will review some initial findings from a sample of approximately 9000 Wraparound Fidelity Index – Short Form (WFI-EZ) administrations. The findings we will present include associations between response rates and outcomes, how youth demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, age) are associated with fidelity and satisfaction, and how well demographics for WFI-EZ respondents reflect demographics of local populations of youth.

Latest Wraparound Research

We’ve just updated the NWI’s compilation of new Wraparound-related research. Check out the abstracts and, in some cases, full-text articles describing the latest findings.

NWI Survey and Research Initiative: Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

In 2017, the NWI produced a report on turnover among care coordinators in Wraparound, providing information on turnover rates, contributing causes and solutions. Now, the NWI is embarking on a new research initiative that will update and build on the results of previous work. As we get started, we’re looking for your perspectives on turnover and how the NWI can be most helpful in addressing it.

Top NWI Pages and Publications

In the past year, the NWI’s website has seen about 4,200 visitors per month. In total, those visitors viewed an average of about 9,500 pages per month, and downloaded over 1,000 documents. Top pages and downloads included key foundational articles, such as those describing the Wraparound principles and the phases and activities of the Wraparound process, as well as new blogs and other content. This blog from November provides details.

News from the Field

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

  • Psychiatric Facilities Reap Profits when Foster Youth Are “Dumped” There
  • When to Adapt: Evidence-Based Treatments for Children of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds
  • Child Mental Health Resources in Spanish
  • Research Documents the Importance of "Enduring Relationships" for Foster Youth
  • Youth Perspectives on Designing Equitable Out-of-School-Time Programs

Events and Opportunities

Continuing Education: How to Promote Mental Health Among Asian American Teens

This continuing education module helps participants identify the components of racial-ethnic socialization and preparation for bias in Asian American and Pacific Islander families; learn about cultural stressors and mores across a heterogeneous population; and learn strategies to help Asian American teens identify and address racial dilemmas.

Webinar: Strengths-Based Holistic Approaches to Youth Mental Health

Date/Time: December 12, 2023, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

In this webinar, participants will learn how to identify approaches to help youth recognize and utilize their strengths, identify strategies to engage youth in a holistic manner, and access local and national resources to promote youth mental health.

Webinar: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Early Psychosis with a Focus on Pathways to and Through Care

Date/Time: December 13, 2023, 9am PT / 12pm ET

Grounded in national and regional EPINET data on discharge in early psychosis services, this presentation will focus on social and cultural vectors underlying the 'hard' problem of disengagement and present alternative approaches for addressing distrust, and strengthening clinical relationships by centering lived experiences of psychosis, socioeconomic disadvantage, racism, and cultural difference.

Webinar: Good for You: Year-End Wellness for Helping Professionals

Date/Time: December 20, 2023, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Even though you're an expert at helping everyone else, it doesn't mean you always take care of yourself. Join a life and wellness coach with a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology for an one-hour workshop filled with practical tools to help you feel better during the end of the year chaos. Explore (and practice!) evidence-based strategies for nervous system regulation, mindful self-compassion, and other wellness practices to navigate the year-end demands and welcome the new year with calm. Prioritize yourself and step into 2024 with a renewed sense of calm and vitality.

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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