Purpose and Community on Recovery Road - Clubhouse Int’l - Episode 30
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Guest Joel Corcoran, Executive Director of Clubhouse International

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Clubhouse International:

A Clubhouse is an evidence-based-practice founded on the belief that even the most disabled can sufficiently recover and improve their lives with the help of a supportive community. The Clubhouse model provides pathways to meaningful social inclusion, work and wellbeing. First developed in New York in 1948 by a small group of former psychiatric hospital patients, the model has gained international recognition, scaling to more than 350 Clubhouses operating in 32 countries and growing.

“We help start and grow Clubhouses globally where people with mental illness can go to get their lives back.

There simply are not enough resources today for everyone with a mental illness who needs help. It’s a crisis situation and the numbers are growing.

Clubhouses powerfully demonstrate that people with mental illness can and do lead productive, happy lives. Each Clubhouse we open reaches +/- 500 


  1. How does the Clubhouse program fit into the larger mental health system?
  2. Sometimes the Clubhouse program is referred to as a peer led program. Is that accurate?
  3. What kind of things does a Clubhouse do for someone living with mental illness?
  4. What can a person joining a Clubhouse for the first time expect? 
  5. Who is eligible for Clubhouse membership and what is expected of those who belong?
  6. What is the long term vision of Clubhouse International?
  7. How do Clubhouses get started?




Mindy talks about efforts to create a clubhouse in her state:

Who Are the 3 Moms?

Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices”)

Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It

Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)

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