WISE Connections: An Overview of WISE’s 4 Core Programs

As we usher in a new year (and a new website!), WISE members have resolved to be more intentional about promoting our programs to each other and community partners as well as to expand opportunities for program use. To that end, WISE meetings will now have a dedicated time to focus on how WISE programs are being used in diverse settings, discuss program use/delivery, and provide opportunities to build the capacity of member organizations to implement the programs. Advisory board meetings will also have a video call in option (using Zoom), as we seek to make meetings more accessible to our partners across the state. To remain abreast of future meetings and opportunities, please sign up for the WISE list-serv here: www.WISEWisconsin.org.

In this post, we provide a summary of WISE’s core programs, along with a description of how program resources flow together and how we are seeking to expand program reach opportunities. Though in previous blogs we have discussed individual programs, the intent of this post is to convey the purposeful connection across programs.

WISE Basics, along with an introduction to the TLC4 planning framework, introduces people to what works to reduce stigma and how to structure planning around stigma elimination efforts. This presentation includes a facilitated discussion meant to inform an organization’s or coalition’s planning efforts. Read more about the TLC4 model here (www.wisewisconsin.org/blog/the-tlc4-model). To expand accessibility for WISE Basics, we now offer an online video, along with a slide presentation containing notes and recommendations for a discussion. Check out the video here: www.WISEWisconsin.org/resources/wise-basics-stigma-reduction/.

In WISE Basics, you learn that what works to reduce stigma are the connections that are made when stories of challenge and resilience are shared. For that to happen, we need 2 things: people who are able and ready to share their story for the purpose of stigma reduction and people who listen compassionately.

Up to Me (formally HOP) is a decision-making model for people to use as they consider if, when, and to whom they will share aspects of their story – for multiple purposes from receiving support to reversing stigma. This program is an important precursor to contact-based stigma campaigns so that we are confident that the people who choose to share their stories have been supported in making that decision carefully. Learn more about Up to Me here (www.wisewisconsin.org/blog/an-introduction-to-honest-open-proud/). To expand our program reach for Up to Me, we are developing an online platform where people may take part in the program anonymously, participate in regions where there are a scarcity of facilitators, and partake at times that are most convenient for them.

Safe Person Decal and the 7 Promises are a brief way to both help people to identify themselves as someone who wants to be a safe person for support and to promote just what being a safe person looks like. At www.wisewisconsin.org/safeperson/ you may order decals, as well as access our newly improved training tools and discussion guide.

Lastly, Compassion resilience is for the helping professionals and caregivers who want to be stigma free and compassionate but often are overwhelmed with their efforts and do not realize the toll it takes on them and their ability to be compassionate to those they serve. Our compassion resilience toolkits are informed by lived experience as well as research related to resilience, secondary traumatization, positive psychology, mindfulness, and compassion fatigue. Our sector-specific toolkits are meant to provide resources to build the capacity of helping professionals, caregivers, and the systems in which they serve. Access the online toolkits here (www.compassionresiliencetoolkit.org/).

We urge you to explore our new website, along with our library of programs, and to contact us at WISE@WISEWisconsin.org if you are interested in learning more or to schedule trainings for your organization, coalition, or region.

Thanks!

Sarah and the WISE team