What is a Clubhouse?


What is a Clubhouse?

How is Headway and the ICCD model different from other mental health programs?

  • It is a non-clinical community-based approach that complements available psychiatric treatment.
  • Individuals attending Headway are not patients or clients but members, this offers a sense of belonging.
  • ICCD Clubhouse are built upon the belief that every member has the potential to sufficiently recover from the effects of mental illness to lead to a personally satisfying life as an integrated member of society.
  • Clubhouses that are organized around the belief that work, and work-mediated relationships, are restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth and important individual achievement.

What makes a Clubhouse?

  • A work day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse.
  • Participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse
  • Opportunities to obtain paid employment in mainstream businesses and industries through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program.  In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent employment programs
  • Assistance in accessing community-based educational resources
  • Evening/weekend social recreational events
  • Assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent, and affordable housing.