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.

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...

Keynotes & Speaking Engagements:  October 2021

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Personal Disclosure: My personal boundaries when sharing my lived experience.

October 4, 2021: Webinar for Community Care Behavioral Health. The audience is peer specialists in Pennsylvania.

What place for experiential knowledge?

October 5, 2021 @ 8:00 am-10:30am (ET):  Pat speaks about Medication Empowerment at the Global Mental Health Summit in Paris.

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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From Pat's Blog...

My Son Says He's Not Mentally Ill

Sep 21, 2021

Work and Recovery

Sep 10, 2021

What berry picking can teach us about running an abundant business

Jul 30, 2021

Unseeing a Diagnosis

Jun 21, 2021

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

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