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... 

August 2022 

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CPMC | Quarterly Community Call 

August 3, 2022

Pat Deegan is joining our Quarterly CPMC Community Call to talk about how "Personal Medicine is an Antidote to Toxic Help". CPMCs from all over the world gather will also share their wisdom and learn how to strengthen their skills in Personal Medicine Coaching.

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CPMC | Mercy Care Cohort 

August 10, 2022

We are excited to kick off a powerful partnership with Mercy Care in this first of many cohorts. Mercy Care is committed to training their provider network in Personal Medicine Coaching to drive recovery-oriented care in Arizona. 

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DSC Quarterly Call

August 16, 2022

Allison Stiles will be speaking with Decision Support Center Staff across Pennsylvania who use our CommonGround Software. This talk is sponsored by our valued partner, Community Care Behavioral Health, and is focused on enhancing DSC skills.

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Early Psychosis Conference | TN

August 31, 2022

In this Keynote address, Pat Deegan will share five important lessons she learned on her journey of recovery. She will illustrate how to use these lessons to support young people diagnosed with early psychosis and their families.

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

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

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