Wraparound Trainings Schedule Announced | Spring 2021


This series is comprised of both didactic and practice sessions. The four didactic sessions will focus primarily on didactic information transfer and processing. Each session will be no more than three hours in length. There will be four practice/application sessions in total, with one session happening after each of the didactic sessions, creating an alternating pattern of didactic session followed by a smaller briefer practice/application session throughout the series. These required practice/application sessions will bring participants together in small groups to practice skills related to the implementation of wraparound facilitation.

Session 1): Overview of Wraparound Ohio’s Implementation, and Getting Started with Families and Community Partners. This session will provide an overview of the history and functions of wraparound, a brief examination of structures and applications seen in the state of Ohio, and will provide skills and strategies for getting the wraparound process started once a family has been referred or otherwise identified as receiving wraparound. This session will help participants develop more than one approach to building a wraparound team membership in partnership with an individual family.

Learning Objectives for this session:

Participants will learn key elements of the wraparound process as it has developed across the country.

Participants will learn and practice strategies directed at effectively beginning the information gathering and team building that are essential components of the wraparound process

Participants will learn multiple strategies for identifying and engaging potential team members

Agenda for the Session:

Hour One: Introductions and overview of Wraparound, national and Ohio Views

Hour Two: Strategies for engagement and getting started with families and community partners

Hour Three: Building effective teams

Session 2): Identifying and Documenting Strengths and Needs as Critical Tools for the Wrapround Process. This session will assist participants in building the skills and strategies necessary to develop two critical tools used individualized planning in wraparound teams; an effective strengths inventory and an adequate set of unmet need statements. This session will provide information further defining the characteristics of both of these tools and will assist participants in developing skills and strategies useful in fulfilling both expectations of an effective wraparound process. This session will assist participants in becoming familiar with clear and effective unmet needs that drive the definition of help in a team and diverse strengths inventories that form the backbone of individualized response and support plans.

Learning Objectives for this session:

Participants will learn process tools that support the effective identification of strengths with family and team members

Participants will learn to assess the strengths inventories they develop with families for diversity and adequacy to the process of building strengths-based plans

Participants will learn multiple strategies for identifying unmet needs held by families, family members, and other stakeholders to the wraparound process

Agenda for the Session:

Hour One: Interpolating strengths from multiple sources

Hour Two: Identifying and documenting unmet needs statements

Hour Three: Judging the efficacy of your inventories

Session 3): Planning and Re-planning, the Cycle of Wraparound Teams Building and Improving Their Plans. This session will provide participants with process road maps useful in running effective wraparound planning meetings. An agenda for initial planning meetings will be contrasted with an agenda useful in om-going meeting designed to refine the plan as teams learn more and more about effective help and support for an individual family. Important process facilitation skills will also be highlighted and examined in this session. Both agendas emphasize the importance of tying individual or team member strengths to the response developed for prioritized unmet needs as a part of the plan of care developed for each family.

Learning Objectives for this session:

Participants will learn two different meeting agendas designed to support both initial planning and ongoing plan refinement processes in teams

Participant will learn skills and strategies designed to support the effective development of plans that utilize individual and team member strengths by tying strengths to action elements

Participants will learn facilitation keys that support the efficacy of both of these agendas in supporting teams as they develop and refine individualized plans

Agenda for the Session:

Hour One: The initial plan development agenda

Hour Two: The agenda for refining and adapting the plan

Hour Three: Facilitation keys for these meetings

Session 4): Managing Progress and Seeing Wraparound to Its End. This session will provide participants with tools for developing benchmarks, a measure useful in framing a discussion about whether there have been enough needs met, so teams can consider transitioning from formal wraparound to the “next level of care”. Participants will further learn about key content areas that will support families and teams in developing and implementing effective transition plans that support the shift to “next” care. The framework seeks to respond to assuring that families have enough hope for success and tools for managing what they know they will ace that wraparound, as a formal process can end.

Learning Objectives for this session:

Participants will learn steps and strategies for developing effective benchmarks that will aid teams in determining if their work is making an adequate difference in family or individual lives.

Participants will learn four key content areas for transition plans to address in order to support families and team in having enough “hope” to allow the wraparound, as a formal process, to end.

Participants will conduct an assessment of their own learning and practice needs to use during the final practice/application session of the training series.

Agenda for the Session:

Hour One: Identifying effective benchmarks

Hour Two: Managing the decision about transition

Hour Three: Content areas for hope so Wraparound can end

Practice/Application Sessions:


Small groups of training participants and a supervisor/more experienced practitioner from each community. Preference will be given to keeping participants from the same community together in these practice sessions, though cross county alignments will also be likely.


To be scheduled after the completion of each didactic session and before the next is scheduled


These sessions will be designed to respond to practice model and implementation-based questions, to assist in integrating new facilitators to the practice, and to process practical application experiences designed as part of the didactic series


The didactic session will be offered on Tuesdays from 9 AM – 12 Noon on four consecutive Tuesdays


April 20, 2021

April 27, 2021

May 4, 2021

May 11, 2021


The Practice/application sessions will be offered on Thursdays across the day. Each participant will be assigned to a standing group for the entire series. All efforts will be made to accommodate scheduling needs. The final number of small groups will be based in the number of participants registered for the series. After registering each participant will receive an email asking them to rank the available times for these groups by how they fit best into existing work schedules.

Available times may include (depending on registration); 9 AM – 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, and 3:00 – 4:30. The dates for these groups areas follows for this series.


April 22, 2021

April 29, 2021

May 6, 2021

May 13, 2021

Series Overview 

“The Hope Stage of Wraparound; Establishing a New Beginning” 

This three-part series will focus on the Hope Stage of the Workaround process. Frequently neglected in the training cycle, ending the wraparound process in a way that works well for families and team members alike can be a challenge. This series will explore a framework that emphasizes new beginnings rather than endings. 

Session 1: April 12, 2021 1 – 2:30 PM 

Effective transition away from an intensive planning process is built on work that happens earlier in the process. This session will examine the “throughputs” in the Wraparound process and how they are critical to setting the foundation for an effective Hope Stage 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will identify how the key elements of an effective transition are impacted by the quality of work with key process elements and tools of wraparound planning in earlier stages 
  1. Participants will examine quality markers from earlier stages that are useful in preparing for and timing the Hope Stage  

Session 2: April 19, 2021 1 – 2:30 PM 

This session will examine the challenges inherent in deciding when to move to the Hope stage for individual teams and tools for anticipating and managing these challenges. Tools ranging from the review of benchmark data to simple conversations to hold to build readiness for ending will be examined. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will examine steps for developing and utilizing data from effective benchmarks as a tool for determining the timing of the transition to the Hope stage 
  1. Participants will expand their repertoire of questions and conversations useful in helping family and team members have a strong sense of hope for an effective future as Wraparound ends 

Session Three: April 26, 2021 1 – 2:30 PM 

This session will focus on the meeting processes that can support a successful Hope Stage for an individual family and team. The focus will be on what facilitators can do in the meeting to support a focus shift from ending Wraparound to celebrating the new beginning this represents. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will learn potential agenda content for the team meetings that occur during the Hope stage of wraparound 
  1. Participants will develop a personalized development plan for implementing new approaches to the Hope stage in individual teams they facilitate  


Creating Space for a Discussion of Alternatives; The Series

This four-part series will focus on supporting facilitators in effectively helping teams develop plans that contain alternatives to intensive out of home placements.

Wraparound processes are mission driven. The mission is to support youth and families in being safe and together in community as much as possible. Teams, the families they support, team members themselves, and the organizations they represent often struggle with finding unique ways to help in complicated situations. This leads to a reliance on formal services in service plans as well as a sense of frustration for families and team members alike. This series will examine tools and techniques used by wraparound facilitators to set the stage for building truly individualized and unique responses to one ‘family at a time. Facilitators will explore ways to help teams realize their capacity to build help plans that are different than those they have participated in through other settings. Strategies for building hope in the conversation, challenging the status quo thinking, and creating a new and different conversation will be examined and practiced.

1.) Participants will develop an understanding and sensitivity for why teams get stuck in old service-based expectations rather than easily find their way to new solutions

2.) Participants will learn and practice techniques that hold teams accountable to the wrapround expectation that “help is more than services”

3.) Participants will learn techniques for bridging through and past the expectation that “restrictive care may be the best care” which prevents teams from creating truly individualized responses for one family at a time

4.) Participants will learn process steps useful in guiding a team to see new possibilities and options for help and support plans

Part 1), Restoring Balance to the Conversation Thursday, June 3, 2021, 1 -2:30 PM

Part 2). Translating the Ask Thursday June 10, 2021, 1 – 2:30 PM

Part 4). Rebuilding the Box Thursday, June 17, 2021, 1 – 2:30 PM

Part 4). Becoming a Good “Purchaser” Thursday June 24, 2021, 1 – 2:30 PM