Clubhouse Psychiatry

Barry R. Bryant, David N. Neubauer, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Community-based mental health services model originally intended as a prevocational work-readiness program. Sites are called “clubs,” and participants are referred to as “members.” Clubs help people with a history of serious mental illness rejoin and maintain a place in society, and receive education, work training, and social support.
  • Key clubhouse model features:
    • Build on peoples’ strengths, not focusing on their illnesses
    • Promote support for physical and mental healthcare
    • Provide structured day programs
    • Incorporate a social franchise model
    • Advocate for governmental and philanthropic support

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DEFINITION

  • Community-based mental health services model originally intended as a prevocational work-readiness program. Sites are called “clubs,” and participants are referred to as “members.” Clubs help people with a history of serious mental illness rejoin and maintain a place in society, and receive education, work training, and social support.
  • Key clubhouse model features:
    • Build on peoples’ strengths, not focusing on their illnesses
    • Promote support for physical and mental healthcare
    • Provide structured day programs
    • Incorporate a social franchise model
    • Advocate for governmental and philanthropic support

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Last updated: February 6, 2020