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Dr. Peggy Swarbrick

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Associate Professor

Phone: (848) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  New Jersey , United States
Rutgers University
7 College Ave - Winants Hall Suite 404
New Brunswick , New Jersey 08904
United States

Company Description: With major campuses in northern, central, and southern New Jersey and extension offices and activities in all twenty-one counties, Rutgers is the flagship...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Phd OTR
  • doctorate , Occupational Therapy
    New York University
  • PhD
  • Ph.D.
    University of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Ph.D
  • Ph.D.
    University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Health-Related Professions
  • PhD.
    University of Illinois at Chicago
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Speaker Biographies | The Hope Concept, 23 Mar 2013 [cached]
Peggy Swarbrick
Peggy Swarbrick
Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OT, CPRP, is an assistant faculty member in the UMDNJ-SHRP Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. She also has worked for many years at Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, a large peer-operated agency. She is a leader, author, and advocate within the mental health system and consumer/survivor movement. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on wellness, peer-operated services, employment, and recovery, and has been actively involved in promoting wellness initiatives.
H.C. Appendix C, 14 April 2011 [cached]
Margaret Swarbrick
University of Medicine and Dentistry-NJ
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Self-help centers are freestanding sites, located in the community, and are accessible to individuals 18 years of age and over who are diagnosed with a mental illness and have received/ are receiving mental health services (Swarbrick, 2005, 2006).
Centers are designed to offer a conducive environment where consumers can socialize with peers, meet new people, learn new skills, join self-help and advocacy groups, and enjoy recreational activities (Swarbrick & Duffy,2000). Centers provide a place where separate self-help groups can join together and become a more powerful advocacy voice in the mental health system and the community. An important aspect of these centers is that they provide not only a support network for consumers who feel lonely and lack emotional support, but also access to resources and support that will help them deal with day-to-day problems and life stressors (Swarbrick, 2005, 2006). Centers provide a welcoming environment where mental health consumers feel respected and understood. Consumers can be accepted for who they are by people who are personally familiar with many of the problems they face. The centers offer a non-judgmental atmosphere of acceptance, trust, and empathy from people who have "been there. Members work out problematic and personal issues and learn to become increasingly interdependent. Involvement in self-help centers empowers consumers to gain control of their lives, revive their sense of purpose, and promote a sense of self that extends beyond their identity as consumers of mental health care (Swarbrick, 2005). Centers are generally open 5 to 7 days per week, including evenings, weekends, and holidays (Swarbrick, 2005).
This approach is distinctly different from the traditional mental health system, which often emphasizes medicalization of human feeling and views consumers by their "diagnosis" rather than their abilities (Swarbrick, 2005).
Centers are also different from traditional mental health psychosocial programs because they are non-clinical in nature and structured to meet needs often not addressed in traditional programs. Consumers have opportunities to assume leadership roles (and receive requisite training), which is also different from traditional programs (Swarbrick, 2005). The locus of control is within the peer group of consumers rather than a professional domain. Day-to-day operations are managed by peer groups of consumer-leaders who have opted to take on roles that they find interesting and/or challenging (Swarbrick, 2005, 2006). In traditional mental health programs, consumers have limited control over and choice in their services.
Research on Self-Help Centers
An exploratory, descriptive study was conducted in 2004 to examine the relationships between social environment factors and empowerment and satisfaction (Swarbrick, 2005). Participants ( N = 144) involved in self-help centers completed a survey designed to capture perceptions of satisfaction, empowerment, and social environment factors (see Moos, 1974, 1996, 2002), as well as demographic data and other characteristics. Participants were generally unmarried, middle-aged, poor but living in a stable housing situation, and scored high on an empowerment scale (Swarbrick, 2005). Significant, positive relationships between participant satisfaction and two of the three social environment factors studied (relationship and system maintenance and change) were found (Swarbrick, 2005). The amount of support and sense of order and organization offered by the center's environment predicted satisfaction. No significant relationships between participant empowerment and the three social environment factors studied were found, although associations were found between participant empowerment and self-help center involvement (Swarbrick, 2005). Participants who attended frequently and for a longer period of time scored higher on the empowerment scale (Swarbrick, 2005
Swarbrick, M. (2006). Consumer-operated selfhelp services. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 44 (12), 26-35.
Swarbrick, M. (2005). Consumer-operated selfhelp centers: The relationship between the social environment and its association with empowerment and satisfaction. Unpublished dissertation.
Swarbrick, M., & Duffy, M. (2000, March). Consumer-operated organizations and programs: A role for occupational therapists. Mental Health Special Interest Quarterly, 23 , 1-4.
Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, PhD, OTR, CPRP, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-NJ, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133P05006); and is Director, at the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Training Initiatives, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey.
NAMI NEW JERSEY - The State's Voice on Mental Illness, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., O.T.R., C.P.R.P. - Director of Wellness and Recovery,
Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., O.T.R., C.P.R.P.
Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, Ph.D., O.T.R., C.P.R.P. is CSP-NJ Institute for Wellness and Recovery Training Director, and is a post doctoral fellow in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Health Related Professions.Peggy has been involved in the mental health field since 1977 personally and professionally since 1986.Peggy worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings providing wellness and recovery focused services.Peggy has lectured nationally and internationally on recovery and wellness and consumer-operated services and completed doctoral work at New York University, in the Occupational Therapy Program.Peggy has published on the wellness and recovery model, consumer operated services, a commentary on a cognitive behavioral treatment for persons diagnosed with mental illness who experience PTSD, and peer delivered wellness and recovery programs.
Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OT, ..., 8 Jan 2014 [cached]
Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OT, CPRP, FAOTA Director of the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives
Peggy Swarbrick has worked at Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) for 16 years. She currently coordinates activities for the Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives. She is also currently a part time assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. Peggy is actively involved in research, training and consultation activities focused on wellness and health promotion, employment and enhancing recovery through participation in valued occupations.
006028, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Jeffrey Brenner and Peggy Swarbrick, and the National Council's Linda Rosenberg will be heading up our program and that attendees will get to hear breaking news from our state policy makers panel just following the expected approval of the state budget.
Dr. Brenner's groundbreaking 'hotspotters' innovation to address unmet healthcare and related needs in distressed communities and Dr. Swarbrick's pioneering development of peer wellness coaching models and SAMHSA's 8 Dimensions of Wellness are changing the face of integrated care across our nation.
Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, OTR, CPRP, Director of the Wellness Institute, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University (Certificate in Wellness Coaching for Physical, Mental, and Addictive Disorder Coordinator), Developer of SAMHSA's 8 Dimensions of Wellness, Freehold, NJ
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