REACH: Recovery Education & Creative Healing
REACH promotes self-discovery and self-appreciation through improving life skills, and investing in personal recovery. What is recovery?
For more information about the programs and services below, contact Program Director Ann Benner at ann /at/ vocalvirginia.org or call 804-343-1777.
• WRAP facilitator training and refresher courses. Scholarships may be available for peers.
• On-going follow-up and support for WRAP Facilitators, including a database of facilitators with current contact information as well as facilitation activity.
• Research and trainings on many recovery-oriented curriculum, including how to incorporate the creative arts.
• Travel to present workshops on recovery topics at conferences, seminars, board meetings, and clubhouses.
• Presentations, and trainings to providers in an effort to work toward a recovery-oriented system of care.
• Consultation on implementing recovery-based principles in your organization
No cost to peers with lived experience of mental health challenges and peer-run programs.
There is a fee for providers and other stakeholders who participate in any REACH sponsored events.
Recovery Facilitator Trainings
We have trained over 130 recovery facilitators from all over the Commonwealth who are now leading recovery groups in their communities. We use a curriculum called WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, as a wellness practice that encourages self determination and self advocacy. To apply to be a certified WRAP group facilitator, complete a WRAP application here and we will contact you.
Recovery Outreach Services
The REACH Program Director is available to travel and present on recovery topics and wellness tools. REACH is available for:
• Presentations on recovery for staff development, Clubhouses, conferences, seminars, and board meetings. See the VOCAL Workshop Catalog.
• WRAP training and assistance and support in starting WRAP groups
Creating a Recovery-Based Mental Health System
REACH is an important part of Virginia’s mental health care system, a system based on endless possibilities for recovery. We foster cooperation and understanding between service providers and people who use mental health services. Wellness management is a vital piece of the recovery picture for individuals with mental illness. It is crucial that providers understand and support these principles because a system of care that supports recovery can only happen when there is a partnership between service providers and people who use services. We consult on implementing recovery-based principles in your organization.