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The Needs Guide | Facilitation Microskills

Rethinking Wraparound: Proposing a New Construct to Support an Evolving Understanding of the Wraparound Approach
The goal of this article is not to describe a specific version of what Wraparound practice should be – as if there was only one answer to that question, but rather to propose a new construct to help Wraparound practitioners hone their approaches and improve the impact of their efforts to assist families.

The Needs Guide:
A resource for families, facilitators and team members working with the Wraparound process

Wraparound is a complex process when you put all of the pieces together. Each of the core concepts of Wraparound can be hard to implement. For example, getting a team together to come up with a single plan of care is easier said than done. Staying focused on strengths while struggling with the behavior of a teenager can be a challenge for any Wraparound team. Staying focused on a common outcome can also be challenging. Despite these challenges most individuals associated with Wraparound find that they can manage if not master core Wraparound concepts such as Team, Plan of Care, Strengths or Outcomes. The most difficult Wraparound concept is that of Needs. This Workbook is designed to help all individuals who are working with Wraparound to become comfortable with the concept of needs as used in the Wraparound process. It is also designed to help individuals and teams work better at identifying the underlying needs, reaching agreement about the most important need and staying focused on addressing and meeting those needs.

Benchmarking in Wraparound
Find the easiest counts for success; engage in bi-level benchmarking; manage to the initial conditions that got the family referred; engage the family in identifying benchmarks that create meaning in each day; manage to the facts; summarize to the positives; bring information to the team for review; use logic in reviewing benchmarks at a team level; and builds discipline for team decision making rather than crowd decision making.

Strategic Sharing Workbook
This workbook is for individuals who have experienced traumatic life experiences and are interested in sharing their stories in an effort to promote change. Training in Strategic Sharing is an important part of advocacy – we encourage anyone who has experienced traumatic life events and wishes to share those experiences in an effort to promote positive changes for yourself and/or others, to do so with the help of this guide. As you will see mentioned several times in this workbook, it is really important that you take the time to take care of yourself. This training was not developed to help anyone overcome aspects of trauma; it was created to help individuals avoid retraumatization when sharing their traumatic experiences with others. So we encourage everyone using this workbook to either continue with your mental health services or to seek out mental health supports.

Best Practices for Achieving Meaningful Youth Participation
Human service and educational agencies and systems often convene teams to work collaboratively on plans for serving children or youth. This is particularly true for children and youth who are involved with multiple systems or who are felt to be in need of intensive intervention. These kinds of planning teams include IEP (Individualized Education Plan) teams, wraparound teams, foster care Independent Living Program teams, transition planning teams, youth/family decision teams, and other teams that create service or treatment plans. Unfortunately, it is often true that these plans are created for youth, with little input or buy-in from the young people themselves.

Phases and Activities of the Wraparound Process
“Phases and Activities of the Wraparound Process” focuses on what needs to happen in wraparound; however, how the work is accomplished is equally important. Merely accomplishing the tasks is insufficient unless this work is done in a manner consistent with the 10 principles of wraparound. In addition, future work from the National Wraparound Initiative will provide more detailed information about team member skills that are necessary for the wraparound process, as well as descriptions of specific procedures, templates, and other tools that can be used to complete the activities described.

Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions
This webinar was presented on October 8, 2014 by Mary Wagner, Ph.D and Lynn Newman, Ed.D, sponsored by the Transitions Research and Training Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. It provides a national picture of youth who received special education services in high school in the category of emotional disturbance regarding: Post-high school employment; participation in post-secondary education; factors related to an increased likelihood of employment and post-secondary education up to eight years after high school; longitudinal patterns of productive engagement in employment and/or post-secondary education up to four years post-high school and predictors of engagement and disengagement.