Compass Counseling & Psychotherapy

Wraparound Approach

About the Wraparound Approach

Wraparound is an intensive, individualized, holistic care planning and management approach to working with high and complex need youth and families from within their homes and communities. It is deeply rooted in the principle of family “voice and choice”- meaning the family’s perspectives and preferences drive services from start to end. Wraparound principles also emphasize the importance of individualized, culturally competent and strength-based services that engage natural supports and occur within the community.

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Getting Started

The wraparound approach is team-based that helps individuals involved in your family’s life work together toward a common goal. For some teams, the goal is a team mission; for others, it is the family’s vision of how things will look in the future. The process is organized, and the family is involved throughout. The team creates a plan, with emphasis on the family strengths, that includes ways to assure that children/youth and their families can experience success in their communities, homes, and schools. Parts of the process will seem familiar to you while other parts of it will not. Before you get started you should consider these areas:

What do I need to know?

  • You will be asked to help develop a team and make decisions with that team.
  • You will be asked to identify your family’s strengths and needs.
  • You and your team will consider a variety of actions to meet needs.
  • Your plan will change regularly.  
  • You and your team will periodically evaluate whether your plan is getting to the results or outcomes you want.

What can I expect?

  • You can expect a care manager to contact you to get to know you and your family.
  • You can expect regular team meetings.
  • You can expect to get copies of all plans and reports.
  • You can expect your first child and family team  (CFT) meeting to occur after your initial conversation with your care manager and when all team members are contacted.
  • You can expect that the care manager, clinician and other team members may ask you to sign consent papers so that they can communicate with one another in preparing for your CFT meetings.
  • Throughout the process, you can expect to be respected and your voice to be heard.

What can I do to get started?

There is no requirement that the family has to do anything to get started, but if you want to be prepared, here are some suggestions:

  • Make an initial strengths list of what each member of your family does well, what they like and what their best features are.
  • Make a list of who has been helpful to you or your family as well as who cares about what happens to you.
  • Think about your goals and what you would like your family life to be like in the future.

Compass has developed a planning and care management model to working with youth and families that is deeply rooted in the wraparound approach. We  will ensure that are families are empowered as equal partners, and services are tailored to their unique needs, strengths, interests and preferences.

No matter how prepared you are, Compass will be there every step of the way to guide you through the process. For more detailed information about the Wraparound Approach, click here.