People of color, women, and LGBTQ people tend to be overrepresented in the population of individuals diagnosed living with significant mental illness (SMI). These individuals experience social isolation, poorly controlled symptoms of their illness, dependence on social welfare systems, and high rates of unemployment. Promoting the use of the evidence-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) in counseling sessions and service planning promotes social justice, emphasizes client autonomy, and may uncover previously unidentified supports that will lead to greater self-perceived recovery, greater inclusion in our communities, and greater access to financial independence for this population.
Dr. Sonia Peterson, Ph.D. CRC LPCC
The video in this course was recorded from a live presentation.