About Recovery College
Recovery College offers short-term courses and discussion groups to support participants with mental health concerns (including substance use). We focus on helping people develop their own resourcefulness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery.
Recovery College is for anyone: youth, older adults, family, friends, and parents. 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 free and delivered in partnership with our Peer Support Workers 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.
CMHA Calgary now offers 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.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm MDT
|Start||Monday Oct 2, 2023|
|End||Monday Oct 2, 2023 (1 sessions)|
10:00 am to 12:00 pm MDT
|Start||Wednesday Oct 4, 2023|
|End||Wednesday Oct 25, 2023 (4 sessions)|
Creating programs that are designed to empower
Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region (CMHA Calgary) creates awareness, and provides education, and support for individuals and families living with a mental health or substance use concern. We provide community-based programs, including supportive and independent living, peer support for families and individuals, and community education for adults and youth. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.
Our long-standing belief is that recovery is possible. Our recovery model focuses on wellness by shifting the emphasis from a narrow, limiting view of a diagnosis, towards empowering individuals, building their strengths, resiliency, and hope for a meaningful life.
For more information about the other services offered by CMHA Calgary, visit www.cmha.calgary.ab.ca.