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.

Learn More About Pat

In the Spotlight... 

April 2022 

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What Exactly Does a Peer Specialist Do? 

May 3, 2022 10:00am PT

I'll be speaking about the unique and unduplicated contribution of peer specialists working as members of clinical teams. 

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CPMC Training

May 4, 2022 10:00 am CT/9:00 am MT

I'm excited to announce we will begin an 11-week CPMC training. We are partnering with our friends at MHTTC South Southwest to train candidates from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  

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CPMC Quarterly Call

May 4, 2022 4:00 pm ET

I will be spending time talking with CPMC's all over the world about how my Personal Medicine changed my relationship with schizophrenia.

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Peer Staff as Disruptive Innovators 

May 6, 2022 10:00am ET

I will be delivering a Keynote Address to peer specialists throughout Maryland on this important topic. 

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Staff roles in Decision Support Centers

May 17, 2022 12pm ET.

My colleague Allison Stiles will be meeting with Decision Support Center staff across Pennsylvania and supporting them in deepening their knowledge and skills in the DSC.

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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