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Recovery as a Journey of the Heart

Patricia Deegan


I would like to thank you for this opportunity to speak with you today. I am especially pleased to be speaking to so many faculty and field supervisors. Your task is very important. You are teaching students who will become tomorrow’s mental health professionals. The message I would like to bring to you today is that it is not enough to merely teach them facts and figures and knowledge. We must also help students to seek wisdom.


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