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A Clubhouse Is ...

A Place to Belong...

A Clubhouse is a membership-based social/vocational community where people living with persistent mental illness come to rebuild their lives.  Participants – who are called members, not patients – share ownership and responsibility for the success of the organization. They work and socialize in a unique partnership with a small staff, building on strengths instead of focusing on illness. The Clubhouse provides a safe and accepting place to spend the day, valuable work to perform within the organization, opportunities to socialize with friends and co-workers, and access to employment within the wider community. This community-based approach complements available psychiatric treatment and other social services.

Membership is voluntary and long-term, providing ongoing support at no cost to the members. The underlying premise of the Clubhouse model is that that every member can sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead a personally satisfying and productive life. The Clubhouse is a community of people dedicated to one another's success. Recovery is achieved in the Clubhouse through work and work-mediated relationships, which are proven to be restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth, self-respect, and individual achievement. Clubhouses provide paid employment opportunities in local community businesses for members who want to work, helping members become successful employees.

The Clubhouse model has been implemented in nearly 400 communities in 28 countries since its inception in 1948 and has proven successful with rehabilitation, recovery, and reintegration into the community. 1 Clubhouse International, formerly known as the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) is a global network that promotes the development and success of clubhouses through training and certification programs. Founded in 1994, ICCD has promoted the development of clubhouses throughout the world and provides a set of clubhouse standards, a well-documented training process, and certification for clubhouses. Seattle Clubhouse will be a member of the Clubhouse International network and will develop its program in compliance with ICCD standards (see the Appendix for a complete, annotated list of the 36 ICCD standards). All staff of the Seattle Clubhouse will receive ICCD training