Frequently Asked Questions
How many students utilize WRAP Services?
During the 2004-2005 school year alone, WRAP clinicians made over 20,000 contacts with students, parents, and school staff to serve nearly 2,200 students grades K through 12.
Why do schools have WRAP?
Children and teens are whole persons who are juggling multiple roles as students, family members, friends, and individuals. School is a place where a child spends a majority of his or her time, and where all these roles impact their ability to be successful. It makes sense to have school and WRAP staff working together to help children grow strong in all of these areas as they develop into young adults.
How long can a child or teen receive WRAP services?
Services are based on need. Therefore, a child or teen can see the WRAP clinician only once or twice for a crisis situation OR have ongoing WRAP support throughout the school year and/ or their educational career. It really depends on what the child and family wants.
Why do we have school counselors and WRAP clinicians?
(answered by former School Counselor, Phyllis Lewin, SWJH)
Individuals who prepare to be counselors or social workers are those who have a strong interest in providing good mental health services and support for whatever population they serve. Though both are trained to provide mental health services, their training is very different; social workers have a clinical background and more experience with mental health issues, while counselors must be teachers before they can be counselors in schools. Given that young people face many challenges that can significantly impact their learning, both are needed. Often times, a young person’s ability to handle these challenges can change without warning. Thus a student who seems to be coping with “life stresses” may suddenly require additional support. In addition, there are students who require a great deal of support on an on-going basis in order to function and learn.
If we think about the needs or our students, along with the additional responsibilities of school counselors, it is evident that school counselors, alone, cannot adequately support the numbers of students who are in the secondary schools. Counselors have a myriad of duties besides counseling students, which are very time consuming. Some of these include enrollment, scheduling, coordinating assessments, advising and teaching in classrooms. Counselors work closely with teachers, parents and students when students are not succeeding in the classroom. Although school counselors are trained in counseling and psychology, they are often not mental health clinicians as are the WRAP Social Workers. Working as a team, counselors are knowledgeable about referring students to WRAP when the students’ needs are such that they either require more time than is possible for a counselor to provide, or their needs are complex and a mental health clinician, i.e. the WRAP worker, is better equipped to meet these needs.
With the recognition that students have genuine needs for consistent emotional support to maintain and succeed at school, one must also realize it is critically important to have this support at the school site for it to be most effective. Students who can access this support in “real time” are often able to return to class and participate in their school day. The WRAP worker’s relationship with that student, his or her teachers and family are often key components to supporting and sustaining students in the school setting. Given the numbers of students we serve and the issues many students face, it is often an overwhelming challenge to meet all the needs. The counselors and WRAP workers work together so that their time and expertise is used efficiently and thoughtfully.
Phyllis Lewin, Licensed Professional Counselor,
National Certified Counselor, SWJHS
What if my student already has similar services provided by the school district?
If a child or teen is already receiving school-based services, such as through special education, WRAP services may play a minor or consultative role, depending upon the structure of a child’s school.
What if a child or teen wants to start seeing you, the WRAP clinician, instead of the current therapist? Is that okay?
Due to time constraints in the school setting, WRAP services may not fully address the therapeutic needs of a child. We would recommend having WRAP and the current therapist work together to better serve the child and meet therapeutic goals.
When will WRAP break confidentiality? Why?
The WRAP clinicians, as well as other school personnel, are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are professionals who are bound by Kansas Law to make a report to SRS and/or the Police when they suspect that a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect, or sexual abuse. WRAP clinicians also have the duty to warn guardians and other persons if they suspect that the child or teen they are talking to intends to hurt themselves OR someone else.
Can a child or teen refuse to see the WRAP clinician?
Absolutely. WRAP is completely voluntary.
Will you keep child and teen information confidential?
YES! WRAP clinicians are licensed clinicians and must follow the same confidentiality laws that other therapists must follow. WRAP clinicians will not share any student information with school personnel without first gaining permission from the child and/or family. Exclusions to this rule only apply when it is reportable by Kansas Law and it involves the safety of the child or others. Additionally, school information including discipline, grades, and attendance are part of the school record and all school staff may have access to that information if needed.
What does it mean if a child or teen works with a WRAP intern?
WRAP partners with University of Kansas School of Social Welfare to provide Practicum placements for students working towards their Masters of Social Work Degree. Each intern is closely supervised by the WRAP clinician at their school (their Field Instructor) and must follow the same rules, regulations, and policies that a Licensed Social Worker must follow. Working with a WRAP intern is completely voluntary.
Do I have to sign the WRAP permission form to receive WRAP Services? Why?
How do you get into WRAP?
Children and teens can connect with WRAP through recommendations from: family and other caregivers, the child himself or herself, peers, teachers, counselors, school administrators, and outside service providers.
How do I contact a specific WRAP clinician at a certain school?
How do children and teens commonly respond to seeing the WRAP clinician?
Nearly 30% of the school population are accessing WRAP services. That means that nearly one third of students see a WRAP clinician.
What if a child or teen already goes to Bert Nash CMHC for services?
Many children access WRAP services at school whether or not they receive additional services through the BertNashCenter. WRAP services may be different from the services paid for and received at the BertNashCenter. Furthermore, there is no way school personnel will be aware of any additional Bert Nash connection unless a parent or child decide to share that fact with school personnel, or unless parents give written permission for WRAP staff OR Bert Nash employees to share information with school personnel.
How much time does a student spend with the WRAP clinician outside of the classroom environment?