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NWI Newsletter

November 2, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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NWI Survey and Research Initiative: Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

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NWI Resources and News

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 new blog provides details.

PEARLS: A New Model for Parent Peer Support

Parent peer support partner (PPSP) programs are a critical component in the comprehensive service array within a youth- and family-serving system of care. However, PPSPs must be trained, coached, supervised, and supported to provide support that is of high quality and based on principles of effective peer support. The PEARLS PPSP model was developed by the Innovations Institute at UConn School of Social Work, in collaboration with Pat Miles. The September NWI blog describes the how the PEARLS model articulates and supports the work of PPSPs through comprehensive training and coaching.

News from the Field

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

  • Kinship Navigator Programs in Child Welfare
  • Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Black Teenagers
  • Behavioral Threat Assessment in Schools: Evidence, Fit, and Appropriateness
  • Youth Detention: Reversing Widening Gaps by Race and Place
  • Bike Riding in Middle School May Boost Mental Health
  • Childhood Trauma: Three Ways to Help Kids Cope

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.

Online Workshop: Assessing Self-Injurious Behavior (Cutting): A Primer for Mental Health Workers

Date/Time: November 13, 2023, 11am PT / 2pm ET

This workshop will provide foundational information regarding self-injurious behavior (SIB), including definitions, causes, prevalence, and an overview of evidence-based treatments for SIB (CBT and DBT). The workshop will also introduce participants to the HIRE model: a tool for the informal assessment of SIB. Participants will also receive instruction in developing a school wide protocol for assessing/supporting self-injurers.

Collaborative Online Learning Session: Working with Rural LGBTQIA+ Clients

Date/Time: November 14, 2023, 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET

Rural providers from across the country are invited to engage in an interactive discussion around shared experiences and issues related to supporting LGBTQIA+ individuals living in rural areas. Bring your questions and challenges from the field!

Webinar: Supporting Caregivers in Opioid Use Disorder Recovery and Promoting Prevention in Youth

Date/Time: November 14, 2023, 3pm PT / 6pm ET

This webinar focuses on strategies for building capacity and increasing access to family-focused evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for families impacted by opioid use disorder (OUD). Learn about how one organization is working to increase statewide capacity to deliver EBIs that braid recovery and treatment support for caregivers with OUD and prevention for their children, ages 0-14.

Webinar: Embracing Authenticity: A Guide to Authenticity and Cultural Awareness at Work

Date/Time: November 15, 2023, 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET

The Embracing Authenticity: A Guide to Authenticity and Cultural Awareness as Work webinar series will provide guidance and support for the use and implementation of the accompanying workbook, which is intended to be used as a guide for deeper levels of processing and to support healthier conversations in the workplace around identity and wellness. This resource can be used as a tool to address the unique experiences of work-related stress compounded with being a person of color and also as a resource for folks seeking to be more accountable for reducing harm and creating a more equitable work environment. This comprehensive guide is designed to support you in cultivating authenticity, promoting inclusion, and prioritizing wellness in the workplace. Whether you're an organizational leader, a colleague, or an individual who has experienced marginalization, this workbook provides practical insights, exercises, and resources to make meaningful progress.

Webinar: Developing Your Leadership Style

Date/Time: November 16, 2023, 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET

Leadership is hard. Often, leaders are put into a role with little guidance and direction. Goals given to leaders by the organization can be vague. In this session, attendees will learn skills to help them reflect on who they are and discern what type of leadership style best fits for them. Strategies that encourage leadership development will also be discussed in order to identify a style that aligns with an attendee's temperament and role.

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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