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Recovery: An Evidence-Based Practice

Cheryl Stevens, M.D., Western MA Dept. of Mental Health, and Vikki Gilbert

This workshop will focus on a study about recovery conducted in Western Massachusetts, based on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Data will be presented describing changes in peoples' lives and in the service system as a result of clients and staff working together on their individual WRAP plans to prevent breakdown and burnout. The study found that WRAP supports mutual growth, a theory of post-recovery transformation modeled after the 1960 Jellinek Curve of Recovery from Alcoholism.