It is important for professionals to recognize that necessary paradigm shifts are one of the core features of Wraparound. The fundamental components to the Wraparound process are as follows:
- In Wraparound, the person/family directs the planning rather than the professionals directing the planning.
- Wraparound plans meet the needs of the person/family rather than the needs of the professionals.
- Wraparound plans are built on the strengths, culture and resources of the person, their family, their team and their community rather than being based upon a disease of pathology model.
- Wraparound plans are flexible and unique to each person/family rather than being set and categorical.
- Wraparound teams always include the person/family, their friends and relatives they want on the team, and the community support people and professionals they find helpful rather than the team being made of only the professionals involved.
- Wraparound teams initially meet every week or every other week until crises or safety issues for the person/family have been stabilized (and then usually once a month) rather than the usual case conferencing model that sees the team meeting only once every three months or so.