About Recovery College
At Recovery College, we focus on helping people develop their own resourcefulness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery from mental health challenges (including substance use).
Recovery College is for anyone: youth, older adults, family, friends, and parents, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit. You are not required to have a referral, diagnosis, previous experience or be a CMHA Calgary client to participate; all are welcome!
All of our courses are delivered in partnership with our Peer Supporters who are experts by experience: they have their own personal story of a mental health or substance use concern, or are supporting a loved one.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Download our course guide here or scroll down for our most popular courses.
NEW: CMHA Calgary now offers online, self-paced courses for young adults. Find out more at equipped.youthsmart.ca!
FAQs About Our Courses
Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health challenges (including substance use concerns) who want to learn about their own recovery journey and wellness.
All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind and a willingness to participate.
Those who are supporting a family or friend, as well as people working in the mental health field, are welcome to attend. No referral or prior experience is needed.
After you register, you will receive a preliminary survey to help evaluate your journey.
When the course starts, the instructor will welcome everyone and provide an overview of the course content, along with a workbook. Throughout the course, the instructor will share information, videos and exercises related to the topic. There will also be an opportunity for group discussions, though your participation is always optional.
Two trainers co-facilitate each course – one is an expert by profession and the other is an expert by experience. Both are available for questions and support during and after the course.
Nothing! All courses are free!
We just ask that you register for our series courses in advance.
At Recovery College, everything we do is based on empowering individuals to build their resiliency on their own recovery journey.
This means that our instructors don’t lecture, but guide you through concepts. They also provide you with the space to learn about your own strengths and develop new skills. We do this by creating a supportive group experience and use discussions and activities to help you learn.
We are very welcoming, and encourage everyone to participate in the way that feels the most comfortable.
Sign up for an upcoming course or get more information in our course catalogue.
Creating programs that are designed to empower
The Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region (CMHA Calgary) has been providing community-based programs and services in the Calgary Region for over 65 years. We are part of a national association of 120 CMHAs continuously evolving to serve the needs of our communities. We work closely with other agencies to foster better system coordination and share best practices.
We are a recovery-focused organization – our programs and services are designed to empower individuals with the tools and resources to live a meaningful life. We are proud to walk with individuals and families as they travel along their recovery journey.
For more information about the other services offered by CMHA Calgary, visit www.cmha.calgary.ab.ca.