NAMI Maine Welcomes Our
2019 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers
Patricia 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 OnTrackNY model
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.
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Dr. Pat Deegan's Keynote Presentation is sponsored by
AJ Mendez is a mental health speaker and advocate, former professional wrestling champion with the WWE, and the New York Times Bestselling author of Crazy Is My Superpower. Her memoir is being developed for television by Emmy nominated producers EUE Sokolow, in which she will write and executive produce. She has 6 million incredibly engaged followers across Twitter and Instagram.
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