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NWI Newsletter

September 28, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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New Blog: PEARLS: A New Model for Parent Peer Support

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NWI Resources and News

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. A new NWI blog describes the how the PEARLS model articulates and supports the work of PPSPs through comprehensive training and coaching.

Blog: Examining the WFI-EZ

For more than ten years, sites around the country have used the Wraparound Fidelity Index, Short Version (WFI-EZ) to provide information about the quality of the Wraparound they provide, and to guide improvement efforts. Despite its widespread use, however, a published study of the psychometrics, reliability, and validity of the WFI-EZ has not previously been available – until now. This blog from Summer 2023 describes findings and implications from a new article examining the reliability and validity of the WFI-EZ.

Recorded Webinar: Insights from WrapStat Data

Since its launch in late 2020, WrapStat has become a repository for data on Wraparound implementation and outcomes. WrapStat now includes data for nearly 10,000 fidelity assessments from the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-EZ). An NWI blog and recorded webinar from Summer 2023 explored insights enabled by this wealth of WrapStat data points.

News from the Field

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

  • Research Suggests Racism Contributes to Childhood Obesity
  • Children Participating in Sports Have Better Long-Term Mental Health
  • What’s the Best Way to Praise Children?
  • Navigating SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) with Older Youth
  • Better Research Needed To Solve the LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Crisis
  • Training for Just a Few Teachers Could Cut Racial Discipline Gap in Half
  • Training Marginalized Youth to Become Tomorrow's Mental Health Care Providers

Events and Opportunities

Conference: National Federation of Families 34th Annual Conference

Dates/Location: November 9 – 11, 2023, Chicago, IL

The National Federation of Families is a nationwide advocacy organization with families as its sole focus, playing an important role in helping parents, caregivers, and families of children – of any age – whose lives are impacted by mental health and substance use challenges. The annual conference leverages our lived experience and learned solutions for the support and advancement of families whose children of any age experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime.

Virtual Conference: Youth Peer Support Action Summit

Dates/Location: November 10 – 11, 2023, Online

This free event is a national, virtual youth-led summit designed to unite and inspire youth and young adult leaders in peer support, including peer specialists, program leaders, and advocates.

Webinar: Physical Activity to Improve Mental Health in Adolescents

Date/Time: October 4, 2023, 9am PT / 12pm ET

This webinar presents best practices consistent with a trauma-informed approach to coaching and teaching youth.

Webinar: Advances in Culturally Responsive Clinical Supervision

Date/Time: October 9, 2023, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This presentation will focus on advances in culturally responsive clinical supervision. Fundamental concepts and definitions in cultural responsiveness more broadly such as privilege, oppression, and intersectionality, as well as common points of misunderstanding, will be reviewed. Multicultural Orientation and structural approaches will be briefly introduced as they apply to clinical supervision, and the research on culturally responsive clinical supervision will be discussed.

Online Training: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Date/Time: October 17, 2023, 6:30am – 11am PT / 9:30am – 2pm ET

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance use disorders (SUDs) in young people. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to a young person who may be developing a mental health or substance use issue and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Webinar: Supporting the Mental Well-being of LGBTQIA+ Youth in Schools

Date/Time: October 20, 2023, 9am PT / 12pm ET

Attendees will engage in discussion with panelists on navigating context paralysis and addressing the mental well-being of LGBTQIA+ youth.

Webinar: Understanding and Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students

Date/Time: October 23, 2023, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

The purpose of this session is to provide the participant with increased awareness and knowledge about transgender and gender diversity, in general; gaining insight into specific school experiences of transgender and gender diverse students; and considering strategies participants can employ to support transgender and gender diverse students in their work in education and other settings. Learning will be supported through direct instruction and videos to support webinar content.

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)


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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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