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... 

January 2023

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Power Statements: A Tool for Individualized Treatment Planning 

January 5, 2023

My colleague Allison Stiles will be meeting with Academy + Library users throughout Pennsylvania to support them in deepening their learning around the use of Power Statements in treatment planning. 

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Certified Personal Medicine Coaching Kick-off London

January 9, 2023

We're excited to have a new cohort of Certified Personal Medicine Coaches beginning their 11-week journey toward certification in London England. This group will be led by our CPMC-T's Cerdic Hall and Umair Ali Khan.

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Medication Empowerment

January 10, 2023 

Pat Deegan will be giving a webinar to staff on First Episode Psychosis Teams in Dunn County Wisconsin. This is the second of a series of webinars and consultations to support these FEP Teams.

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Certified Personal Medicine Coach Kick-off Step By Step, Inc.

January 10, 2023

We're excited to have a new cohort of Certified Personal Medicine Coaches beginning their 11-week journey toward certification at Step By Step, Inc. This group will be led by our CPMC-T Tracy Ciabattoni.

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Certified Personal Medicine Coach Kick-off Mercy Care

January 11, 2023

We're excited to have a new cohort of Certified Personal Medicine Coaches beginning their 11-week journey toward certification. This custom cohort with our friends at Mercy Care AZ is the 2nd in our partnership to spread Personal Medicine throughout their network. 

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Certified Personal Medicine Coach Kick-off Phoenix Rising

January 18, 2023

We're excited to have a new cohort of Certified Personal Medicine Coaches beginning their 11-week journey toward certification in Arizona. This group will be led by our CPMC-T's Jose Rojas and Klor Rowland.

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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