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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Supervising Peer Specialists 

June 7, 2022 10:00 am PT

In this 90-min webinar, Pat Deegan will describe best practices for supervisors of peer specialists and introduce tools to help peer specialists and supervisors remain on track in their work together.

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The Dignity of Risk and the Duty to Care

June 8, 2022 3:00 pm PT

In this 60 minute webinar, Pat Deegan will meet with PACT team members 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.

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What Exactly does a Peer Specialist Do? Part 2

June 9, 2022 12:00 pm ET

In part 2 of this 3 part series, Pat Deegan will be meeting with peers and supervisors across Pennsylvania to explore the role of peer specialists when working in traditional mental health programs.

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Using Meds Optimally to Support Recovery 

June 10, 2022  9:45 am ET

Pat Deegan will be delivering a virtual Keynote Address to nurses about the important role they play in helping to assess and support people though the challenges of using psych meds from diagnosis through recovery.

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Peer Support: A Disruptive Innovation

June 14, 2022 9:30 am AKT

Pat Deegan will be speaking at The Building Bridges: Alaska Peer Support Conference on the important role peers play in supporting folks in their recovery.

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Fusion of Medication and Recovery in Crisis

June 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET

Pat Deegan will be speaking during the monthly 988 Crisis Learning Community about the important role of supporting people through the challenges of using psych meds to support recovery.

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Recovery: A Conspiracy of Hope

June 20, 2022 10:00 am PT

People can and do recover from serious mental illness and mental health professionals can help support that journey. Drawing on her own experience of recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Pat Deegan will discuss the fundamentals of recovery-oriented practice.

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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