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National Empowerment Center

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http://www.power2u.org/

"We envision a future when everyone
with a mental illness will recover"

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Pat Deegan Interview on mental illness and education

Pat is a psychiatric survivor, having first been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1984.

After completing school Pat worked as a clinical director of community-based programs for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1983-1987. She lived in an intentional spiritual community (l’Arche) with people with developmental disabilities between 1987-1989. In August of 1988, Pat took a position as a program director with the Northeast Independent Living Program. In this capacity she designed and implemented a model for working with people with psychiatric disabilities in Independent Living/cross disability settings. This program was nominated for a "Community Health Leadership Award" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Pat is an activist in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement and a co-founder of the National Empowerment Center Inc., which was a federally funded, national technical assistance center run by consumer/survivors. Between 1992 and September of 2001 she held the position of Director of Training at the National Empowerment Center, Inc. In this capacity she developed many self-help tools and resources to support people in their recovery, including a booklet on coping with distressing voices and a training on working with people who appear unmotivated. She also developed innovative trainings and curricula including an audio taped simulation of hearing voices. The “voices curriculum” has received international acclaim and is used to train psychiatrists, mental health workers, family members and police officers to work more compassionately with people diagnosed with mental illness.

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Peter Ashenden on Mental Health Recovery

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