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... 

April 2022 

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Learning From Each Other: Reimagining the Role of Medication in Crisis Care

July 1, 2022 12:00 pm ET

In this town hall conversation, Pat Deegan will be sharing a new perspective on the role of medication in crisis care.  

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Recovery Library for OnTrackNY Teams

July 20, 2022 1:00 pm ET

In this 60 min webinar, Pat Deegan and her team will demonstrate how to use Recovery Library with teams, families and participants. Pat will highlight some of the most frequently used resources and will demonstrate how to use them with groups or individuals via telehealth.

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The Dignity of Risk and the Duty to Care

July 27, 2022 12:00 pm PT

In this 60-minute webinar, Pat Deegan will meet with First Episode Psychosis team members in Washington to discuss the framework for upholding the dignity of risk and the duty to care when supporting folks in making the best decisions for themselves.

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...


Mar 22, 2022

Disclosure and privacy for peer specialists

Jan 28, 2022

Remembering Darby Penney

Dec 16, 2021

My Son Says He's Not Mentally Ill

Sep 21, 2021

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