WRAP Reduces Depression and Anxiety, Improves Recovery

Kermit Cole
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519 individuals recruited from community mental health settings in Ohio were assigned to Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) or treatment as usual and assessed at baseline and at two- and eight-month follow-ups. WRAP participants reported significantly greater reduction in depression and anxiety, and greater improvement in recovery, relative to treatment-as-usual. The results, which according to the authors confirm “the importance of WRAP as part of a group of evidence-based, recovery-oriented interventions,” appear in this month’s issue of Psychiatric Services.

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Cook, J. Copeland, M.E. et al; “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Effects of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on Depression, Anxiety, and Recovery.” Psychiatric Services, June 2012; Vol. 63, No. 6

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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