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About Recovery College

Recovery is a journey, not a destination

Phone 403-342-2266
Address CMHA Learning Annex, First Red Deer Place, #404, 4911 51 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 6V4

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 concern, or are supporting a loved one.

Everyone is welcome to attend our free courses and drop-in classes. No previous experience is required and with 6 courses to choose from, there is a course for everyone.

Our Recovery College courses are interactive and create positive learning experiences, emphasizing connection, hope and belonging. An emphasis is placed on individual’s talents and strengths. Our courses inspire optimism, encourage students to consider future opportunities, and more people towards personal empowerment. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 403-342-2266 or We look forward to meeting you soon.


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

Daily 30 Minute Checkin: Online

9:00 am to 9:30 am MST

Start Friday Dec 3, 2021
End Friday Oct 30, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
SKU WS30M-102920
30 Minute – It’s A New Week Check-in: Online

9:00 am to 9:30 am MST

Start Monday Dec 6, 2021
End Monday Oct 26, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
Eight Strategies to Help Manage our Stress and Emotions: Online

10:00 am to 11:00 am MST

Start Monday Dec 6, 2021
End Monday Dec 6, 2021 (1 sessions)
Location Online
ABCs of Emotional Coping Single Session On-line Class

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MST

Start Monday Dec 6, 2021
End Monday Dec 20, 2021 (1 sessions)
Location Online
SKU WSABC-111920
Daily 30 Minute Checkin: Online

9:00 am to 9:30 am MST

Start Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
End Friday Oct 30, 2020 (1 sessions)
Location Online
SKU WS30M-102920

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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. We have found that some people have a better learning experience when we can talk to them about their expectations and specific needs. We can help people choose the right course, make recommendations, and answer questions. You can call us at 403-342-2266.

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.

Some people will become part of Recovery College because they are on a personal journey to improve their emotional wellness in much the same way that people go to gyms or rec centres to improve their physical well-being.

Regardless of why someone takes a Recovery College Central Alberta course, you can expect to learn and grow in a compassionate and respectful environment while having fun with interesting people who might even become your good friends.

Recovery College Central Alberta is an important part of the CMHA Central Alberta Region. 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 grass root 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 the individuals with mental illness, brain injuries and addiction living in Central Alberta.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization promoting community wellness and supporting people with mental illness, brain injury, and addictions. 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 for individuals
  • To promote best practices based on current research
  • To promote mental health and wellness through education

The CMHA Central Alberta Webpage

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

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. Please see for more information.

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

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