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Oregon State Hospital

Dustin Rotter at the podium.

Peer Masters helps patients learn public-speaking skills

Dustin Rotter takes his place at the podium and looks straight at his audience. The room grows quiet, and all eyes are focused on him.

There was a time when Rotter would have shied away from the attention, but now he relishes it. By honing his public speaking skills, Rotter is creating long-term opportunities for himself outside of Oregon State Hospital.

“I’m learning how to better represent myself,” said Rotter, a patient on Bridge 2. “It’s been a good challenge to overcome. This gives me a chance to explain myself and to tell my story.”

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