WRAP Reduces Depression and Anxiety, Improves Recovery


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

Related Article:
APA Press Release: New Study Examines Benefits of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for People with Serious Mental Illness


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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].