If you look at any Clubhouse website or brochure anywhere in the world, many will have this answer readily available. Most people think of the clubhouse at their local golf course. This is an idea that began in the 1940s in New York City. At that time people with mental illness were placed in institutions for their care. They did get better but recognized that they needed support and help in the community once they got home. They did not want this to become an institution in the community though and so very cleverly came up with the Clubhouse Model. the Model is based on the idea that "work is healing" . Members, not patients, attend a Clubhouse and address their goals through the work of a Clubhouse. This is real work that must be done to keep the organization alive and well. It provides opportunities to learn or relearn skills, be productive and work side by side with others for common goals.
Clubhouses follow a set of standards that are reviewed every two years by the Clubhouse Community worldwide. All those that utilize the name "Clubhouse" agree to follow these standards to maintain the philosophy that has so successfully assisted so many over the years.
The use of the Clubhouse Model in the rehabilitation process for those with acquired brain injury began about 25 years ago. Today you can find Clubhouses for those with brain injury in the United States, Canada and Australia.