Mary Ellen Copeland

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Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, is an author, educator, mental health advocate, and mental illness survivor. Copeland’s work is based on the study of the coping and wellness strategies of people who have experienced mental health challenges. She is the author and designer of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a self-help mental health recovery program.

Biography[edit]

When Copeland was a child, her mother spent 8 years, from the ages of 37 to 45, in a state mental institution, diagnosed with severe and incurable manic depression. Copeland also was diagnosed[when?] with manic depression and took lithium.[when?][1]

Career[edit]

In 2005, Copeland's work led to the creation of the non-profit, the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery which continues her work through trainings around the world. Copeland created a survey and administered it to 125 volunteers to find out what treatments worked for them.[2]

She continues to study and develop new resources, including a partnership with Essential Learning, e-learning courses that make recovery tools widely available and accessible.[citation needed]

Copeland is the owner of Peach Press which publishes many of her books and other works.[3]

Recognition[edit]

Copeland was awarded the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association's USPRA John Beard Award for outstanding contributions to the field of psychosocial rehabilitation in 2006.[4] She received Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Lifetime Achievement Voice Award in 2009.[5]

Publications[edit]

Research Papers[edit]

  • Effect of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Participation on Psychiatric Symptoms, Sense of Hope, and Recovery Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Issue: Volume 34, Number 3 / Winter 2011. Sadaaki Fukui , Vincent R. Starnino , Mariscal Susana , Lori J. Davidson A1, Karen Cook , Charles A. Rapp, Elizabeth A. Gowdy. University of Kansas
  • Propensity for Patient Self-Advocacy Through Wellness Recovery Action Planning: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Community Mental Health Journal. December 2011. Jessica A. Jonikas • Dennis D. Grey • Mary Ellen Copeland • Lisa A. Razzano • Marie M. Hamilton • Carol Bailey Floyd • Walter B. Hudson • Judith A. Cook.
  • Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Mental Illness Self-management Using Wellness Recovery Action Planning Schizophrenia Bulletin. March 14, 2011. Judith A. Cook, Mary Ellen Copeland, Jessica A. Jonikas, Marie M. Hamilton, Lisa A. Razzano, Dennis D. Grey, Carol B. Floyd, Walter B. Hudson, Rachel T. Macfarlane, Tina M. Carter, and Sherry Boyd.
  • Pamphlets published by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copeland, Mary Ellen. The WRAP Story: First Person Accounts of Personal and System Recovery and Transformation. West Dummerston, VT, Peach Press: 2008. p. 4.
  2. ^ Copeland, Mary Ellen. The WRAP Story: First Person Accounts of Personal and System Recovery and Transformation. West Dummerston, VT, Peach Press: 2008. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Peach Press Trademark Details". paper.zibb.com. 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012. "3153143" 
  4. ^ "USPRA Awards of Distinction (2011 nomination form)". USPRA. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SAMHSA News" 17 (6). November–December 2009. p. 10. 
  6. ^ "Publication search results for Copeland". samhsa.gov. 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.