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About Recovery College

Recovery is a journey, not a destination

Phone 403-342-2266
Address CMHA Learning Centre, Mid-City Plaza, #303 4805 48th Street, Red Deer, T4N 1S6

All Recovery College Central Alberta education courses are FREE and offered online or in-person at our Learning Centre (303 4805 48 Street), EXCEPT Daily Check In (9am-9:30am) and Link Over Lunch (12pm-12:30pm), which are ONLINE ONLY.

At this time, some courses are appearing as “not offered”. This is a website error. The correct information is under “Calendar”.

To register, please visit Recovery College Calendar Page.

We highly encourage in-person participation. Please contact or 403-967-0473 to let us know you’re coming to the facility. The buzzer doesn’t always work, so there are numbers to call or text on the front door. Contact us ahead of time, and we can look out for you.

If you attend online, Zoom sessions for each class are open to you 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

At Recovery College, our educational-based approach focuses on helping people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves, or their loved one’s recovery journey. All of our courses are developed and delivered in partnership with our peer supporters who are experts by experience: they have their own story of a mental health or substance concerns, or support a loved one.

Everyone is welcome to attend our free courses and drop-in classes. No previous experience is required and with many courses to choose from, there is a course for everyone.

Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 403-967-0473 or We look forward to meeting you soon.

Popular Courses

Sign up for an upcoming course or get more information in our course catalogue.

Daily Check In: Self-Advocacy (online only)
Time: 8:45 am to 9:30 am MDT
Start: Monday Oct 2, 2023
End: Monday Oct 2, 2023 (1 sessions)
Location: CMHA Central Alberta
Daily Check In: Self-Advocacy (online only)
Time: 8:45 am to 9:30 am MDT
Start: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023
End: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023 (1 sessions)
Location: CMHA Central Alberta
ABC’s of Emotional Coping: Single Session
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MDT
Start: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023
End: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023 (1 sessions)
Location: CMHA Central Alberta
Caregiver Connections: weekly support group
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm MDT
Start: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023
End: Tuesday Oct 3, 2023 (1 sessions)
Location: CMHA Central Alberta
Daily Check In: Self-Advocacy (online only)
Time: 8:45 am to 9:30 am MDT
Start: Wednesday Oct 4, 2023
End: Wednesday Oct 4, 2023 (1 sessions)
Location: CMHA Central Alberta

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If you require any help registering for courses please call us at (403) 342-2266 or email us at

Still have questions about our courses?

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than many group programs. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators AND people with lived experience. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge. Peer Support is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe everyone in the room has valuable insight to share. We see everyone as a teacher and a learner at the same time, including our facilitators.

All of our courses are open to everyone at all levels and at all stages of recovery. All we require is an open mind, a willingness to participate and be respectful of the other learners in the room.

Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help learners on their recovery journey. Two trained facilitators run each course, one who has personal experience of recovery and will share their experience as part of the course, the other an expert by education.

Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or substance use issues who wants to explore their recovery journey and their own wellness. Anyone who is supporting a family or friend with a mental illness or substance use issue, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.

We are located in Red Deer and provide a range of services throughout Central Alberta.

CMHA Central Alberta Region was founded in 1964. Like the other eight Alberta regional branches, we are separately incorporated as a non-profit charity and respond to grassroot needs. Over the past thirty years we have played a major role in addressing the education, housing, income, and support needs of our community and individuals with mental illness, brain injuries and addiction living in Central Alberta. Based on community needs, staff and volunteers accomplish this through recovery focused support, education, and advocacy.

Our Goals

  • To advocate for the best possible care, rehabilitation, and recovery
  • To promote best practices based on current research
  • To promote mental health and wellness through education

Professional Education at CMHA includes Facilitator Training and suicide information and prevention workshops (ASIST and others).

We also offer weekly drop-in peer support for caregivers of people with mental health concerns, including addiction, and for individuals who have experienced mental illness, addiction or emotional distress.

Other information about CMHA Central Alberta can be found on our webpage:

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