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:  December 2021

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Restoration or Recovery? 

December 2, 2021 @ 12:00pm (ET)

In this webinar, Patricia E. Deegan PhD will describe the difference between recovery
and restoration, and will offer practical tools and strategies for engaging
with people on the transformative journey. This webinar will be recorded and available on OnTrackNY's YouTube page.

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What does lived experience really mean and why is it important?

December 6, 2021 @ 12:00pm (ET)

The phrase “lived experience” is widely used today. But what does it really mean and how did it come into mental health? In this interactive webinar Patricia E. Deegan PhD will explain what “lived experience”
means, where it came from and how it helps to inform the unique, unduplicated role of peer specialists.

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Finding Joy in Our Work: Surviving and Thriving during the Pandemic

December 7, 2021 @ 12:00pm (ET)

In this keynote address, Pat will discuss the challenges of remaining hopeful and creative during a pandemic that is stressful for all of us. She will detail specific methods for self-renewal and finding joy in our work.

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Medication Empowerment

December 10, 2021 8:00am (ET)

In this keynote for the World Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Pat will draw on her lived experience of recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia. She will discuss the challenges on the journey to use meds optimally to support recovery and describe her new Medication Empowerment approach to proactively support folks in using meds to help them get the life they want.

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The Dignity of Risk and the Duty to Care

December 15th 2021 @ 10am (PT)

Choice and self-determination are foundational principles of recovery-oriented practice. But if a person is making a choice that steers their life away from recovery, how should staff respond? In this virtual training, Pat introduces a pragmatic, recovery-oriented framework for working with people who are making choices that may be self-defeating.

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...

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

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