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Frequently Asked Questions

General
What is a Clubhouse?

The Clubhouse model is a form of psychosocial rehabilitation, founded on the principle that recovery from mental illness must involve the whole person in a caring community. The community offers respect, hope, relationships, and opportunities for friendship, education and employment.

Why are Clubhouse clients referred to as members?

Clubhouse uses the term “member” to reflect the voluntary, community-based nature of the Clubhouse. Using this term makes it clear that members are integral and active participants and facilitators of the program. The Clubhouse exists for and because of its members.

Does Clubhouse provide counseling or psychiatric treatment?

No. The Clubhouse Model is based on the belief that members are partners in their own recovery, rather than merely the passive recipients of treatment, and that meaningful work and relationships are integral parts of their recovery. Members work side by side with staff to organize and administer every program and project at the Clubhouse.

What is a work-ordered day?

The work-ordered day is the core of the Clubhouse experience. Members and staff work together in an open environment to keep the Clubhouse functioning. They prepare daily meals, complete administrative and clerical work, publish a newsletter, develop partnerships with local businesses, and help welcome new Clubhouse members and guests.