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Peer Support: A Disruptive Innovation with Pat Deegan (Region 6 Peer Support Conference)
July 6, 2021

The materials for this product were originally aired and distributed during the South Southwest MHTTC Region 6 Peer Support Conference which took place June 22-24.

Systemic racism. Police reform. A global pandemic. These have been challenging times. In this keynote address, Dr. Pat Deegan will reflect on the resilience of the peer support community during these tough times. She will explore how the peer support community can avoid drift and assimilation into clinical culture, and share some great, peer-centric tools that you can use in your work each day.

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About the Presenter:

pat deeganDr. Pat Deegan

Patricia (Pat) E. Deegan Ph.D. is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates. For over 30 years Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a company run by and for people in recovery. The mission: To safeguard human dignity by bringing individual voice and choice to the center of the clinical care team. Toward this end, she developed the CommonGround Program that includes the award-winning CommonGround software, the online Recovery Library, the CommonGround Academy for peers and practitioners, and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation. Since 2009, Pat has worked as a consultant helping to develop and evolve the OnTrackNYmodel for coordinated specialty care teams for young folks experiencing early psychosis. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She has held a number of academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.