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NWI Newsletter

January 31, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Webinar Recording: SMART-Wrap Update

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NWI Resources and News

Webinar Recording: SMART-Wrap Update

The WERT research team at the University of Washington is developing a mechanism for using ultra-brief text-based surveys to gather data on fidelity, satisfaction and outcomes from youth and caregivers in Wraparound. This system, called SMART-Wrap, will provide a low-burden, reliable approach for obtaining feedback from caregivers and youth enrolled in Wraparound. Data will be available to care coordinators, supervisors and managers, and can be used in monitoring fidelity, satisfaction, and outcomes. This January webinar reported on initial testing and usability findings.

The Soul of Wraparound: Report on NWI Survey Findings

The NWI’s October blog pondered the extent to which Wraparound is keeping its soul – staying true to its principles and values – and the conditions that keep its soul robust. Building on the thoughts in the blog, the NWI created a survey that asked the NWI community to provide their thoughts on the state of Wraparound’s soul. More than 230 people responded, and their perceptions are compiled in a new report.

Spotlight: Winter 2023

Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser

Spotlight on Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser

The NWI’s winter Spotlight features the exceptional Wraparound partnership between Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser, who often work together on child and family teams in northeast Indiana. Testimonials from colleagues and families highlight their strengths, individually and together.

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:

  • Exercise Effective Against Depression
  • ACES Screen Increases Service Uptake
  • Brief Intervention Strategies Hold Promise
  • Gaming May Help Cognitive Performance
  • Wilderness Therapy: The Bad and the Good

Events and Opportunities

Opportunity: Nominate a Young Person for the mPower Award

The mPower Award celebrates the life and work of a teen or young adult who has spoken out about mental health issues to educate peers and fight stigma. Nominees must be between the ages of 13-23 and have personal experience in dealing with a disorder that has affected them, a friend, or a family member; and been active in addressing mental health issues in their communities.

Workshop: Self-Care with and for Youth Peers

Date/Time: February 1, 2023, 2pm PT / 5pm ET

This workshop will focus on the importance of actionable strategies for managing self-care while serving as a youth peer provider. Centered in a holistic definition of self-care that meets each of SAMHSA’s eight dimensions of wellness, the workshop will help each peer understand the value and impact of self-care in their peer role.

Webinar: Prevention and Intervention to Address Bullying and School Violence

Date/Time: February 9, 2023, 11am PT / 2pm ET

This research talk will discuss two decades of research on bullying and other forms of youth violence. Meta-analytic results will be highlighted to demonstrate efficacy of school-based programs and their components. Innovative efforts to address bullying, sexual violence, and school violence will also be highlighted.

Webinar: Bringing a Cultural Lens to Positive Youth Development for Black Girls

Date/Time: February 14, 2023, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of cultural considerations for working with youth of color, specifically Black girls. In this training, we will explore together why it is essential to destigmatize Black skin, engage authentically, and acknowledge historical and present-day traumatic experiences impacting Black girls. We all must work consciously to not perpetuate the societal trauma inflicted based on identity.

Webinar: Positive Outcomes with Emotional Regulation

Date/Time: February 15, 2023, 5am PT / 8am ET

The POWER program incorporates techniques that have been found to be effective across adolescents with different types of emotion-related mental and behavioral health needs. As a targeted intervention, the POWER program is designed to be implemented at Tier 2 within a multi-tiered system of support framework.

Virtual Conference: 2023 Virtual System of Care Summit

Date/Location: May 10 – 11, 2023 / Online

The National Center for Training and Technical Assistance on Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health is pleased to announce a no-cost System of Care Summit (SOC Summit) on May 10 and 11, 2023. The SOC Summit is an opportunity for all children’s mental health partners to reunite, renew, and re-energize their efforts to support children and young people with behavioral health needs, as well as their families.  Presentation proposal submission is open now, and registration is coming soon.

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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