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:  November 2021

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Microaggression and the Peer Specialist: How to Handle Co-workers Who Don’t Value What We Do

November 1, 2021 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm (ET)

In this webinar, Patricia E. Deegan PhD will give examples of common
microaggressions directed at peer specialists. She will outline a method for responding if we are the target of microaggression and a pathway for personal healing after such experiences.

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When Personal Medicine Erupts from the Healer Within

November 3, 2021 @ 4:00pm-5:00pm (ET)

For centuries, people have been discovering the healing power of Personal Medicine in their lives. In this webinar, Pat will share examples of Personal Medicine erupting throughout history starting in the 17th century. 

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

November 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am-10:00am (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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Refreshing the Work we Do in the Decision Support Center

November 17, 2021 1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)

In this interactive webinar with Decision Support Center staff using CommonGround Software, I'll be sharing new resources that will support clients in engaging with their psychiatric care providers.

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Certified Personal Medicine Coach Graduations

November 15th, 17th & 18th

Three different CPMC cohorts are graduating this week. We are so excited to see how our community grows in 2022. Registration is now open for our next beginning March 2nd. 

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

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

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