Most of the people that you would hire to do skilled work of any kind are certified. Your dentist, your doctor, your plumber, and your accountant are all certified by their respective professional boards. Certification is a systematic and sequential process of learning key skills and action steps, and being able to demonstrate one’s ability to perform them. As consumers, we know that someone who is certified has proved their competency in their field. Every evidence-based practice, including wraparound, has a process of certification. Certification is done to promote consistency of an evidence-based practice, to prevent practice drift across time, and to document staff competency. Certification is always supported by both training and coaching.

We know that maintaining high fidelity wraparound is key to providing quality wraparound and producing good outcomes for families. An essential part of providing high fidelity wraparound is having all wraparound professionals be certified. Research has shown that certification leads to more effective wraparound, which leads to better outcomes for families. VVDB developed the first wraparound certification for the key jobs of wraparound.

VVDB our certification process is unique because it is based on National Wraparound Initiative standards for wraparound and on the skill sets of wraparound.  We defined the skills for wraparound certification for each position (Wraparound Facilitator, Family Support Partner, Wraparound Coach, Wraparound Supervisor, and Wraparound Process Mentor) based on action steps related to the National Wraparound Initiative phases and activities while incorporating action step components from the VVDB theory of change and general skills to do wraparound.

Having certified professionals filling all of your wraparound roles is critical to creating a locally self-sustaining wraparound system. We offer certifications for Wraparound Facilitators, Family and Youth Support Partners, Wraparound Facilitator Coaches, Family and Youth Support Partner Coaches, Supervisors, and Wraparound Process Mentors.

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