Illnesses don't recover. People do.

Pat Deegan's Recovery Approach focuses on the person instead of the illness and offers hope-filled tools, technologies and training for people, families and providers. Using Pat's Approach, people can get and keep the life they want, and staff gain the knowledge and skills for practicing true recovery-oriented care.

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Pat Deegan: Disruptive Innovator

Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is the founder of Pat Deegan & Associates (PDA). For over 30 years Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery.

Pat Deegan's Recovery Approach includes the award-winning CommonGround Software, Recovery Academy, Medication Empowerment, Certified Personal Medicine Coaching and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation.

Pat is an activist in the survivor movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager.

She has held several academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world.

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In the Spotlight... 

October 2022 

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Peer Staff: A disruptive innovation 

October 5, 2022

Pat Deegan will be speaking at New Hampshire Peer Leadership Forum. She will be highlighting the roots of peer support as an alternative to traditional services and how peer specialists help to disrupt business as usual and shift to a recovery orientation in services. 

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Certified CommonGround Specialist Meeting

October 5, 2022

Team PDA will be meeting with Certified CommonGround Specialists from Community Care Behavioral Health in preparation for our upcoming Annual DSC Conference in Pennsylvania.

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The Intersection of Community Care's Framework for Promoting Health and Well-Being and Pat Deegan's Recovery Approach 

October 6, 2022

In this opening webinar, Pat Deegan will be presenting on the intersection of Community Care Behavioral Health's framework and the integration of Pat's Recovery Approach to providers throughout Pennsylvania.

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Academy + Library Consultation 

October 19, 2022

Pat Deegan and Associates will be meeting with psychiatric care providers on FEP Teams in Washington on integrating Academy + Library into day-to-day practice. 

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The Power of Personal Medicine 

October 20, 2022

In honor of Global Peer Support Day, my colleague Allison Stiles will be presenting on The Power of Personal Medicine along with our friends at RI International. 

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Personal Medicine: A Tool for Engagement and Activation in Recovery

October 27,  2022 

In this interactive webinar with our friends from OSECE, my colleague Allison Stiles will explore common challenges related to engagement and activation in recovery and outline how Personal Medicine is a powerful and effective tool to engage clients in care. 

In the Media...

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The Me You Can't See

Pat sat down with Oprah and Prince Harry to discuss mental health recovery.

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Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper tried Pat's Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation. Pat and Anderson chatted about his experience.

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Psychiatric Services: Podcast

Pat joined Lisa Dixon, MD to discuss Pat's recent publication: The Journey To Use Medications Optimally to Support Recovery.

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Unapologetically Black Unicorns

Pat sat down with Keris Jän Myrick on her Podcase Unapologetically Black Unicorns to discuss how Representation and Intentions Matter

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From Pat's Blog...

Don't Let Anyone But You Define What's Possible for Your Recovery

Aug 26, 2022

Me-On-Medicine

Mar 22, 2022

Disclosure and privacy for peer specialists

Jan 28, 2022

Remembering Darby Penney

Dec 16, 2021

We don't have customers. We have partners in recovery.

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