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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
Email recoverycollege@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca

All Recovery College Central Alberta education courses are free and offered online or in-person at our Learning Centre. To register, please visit Recovery College Calendar Page.

Please note the facilitators will start the Zoom session for each class, 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. People are welcome to join the session any time after this.

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 many 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 recoverycollege@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Popular Courses

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Daily 30 Minute Checkin: Online

9:00 am to 9:30 am MDT

Start Tuesday May 24, 2022
End Tuesday May 24, 2022 ( sessions)
Location Online and in-person
Introduction to Practicing Gratitude

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MDT

Start Tuesday May 24, 2022
End Tuesday May 24, 2022 (1 sessions)
Location Online and in-person
SKU CA-PG-2022-may-24
Caregiver Connections On-Line and In-Person Weekly Support Group

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm MDT

Start Tuesday May 24, 2022
End Tuesday May 24, 2022 (1 sessions)
Location Online
Daily 30 Minute Checkin: Online

9:00 am to 9:30 am MDT

Start Wednesday May 25, 2022
End Wednesday May 25, 2022 ( sessions)
Location Online and in-person
Friendship Circle: On-Line and In-Person Weekly Support Group

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm MDT

Start Wednesday May 25, 2022
End Wednesday May 25, 2022 (1 sessions)
Location Online

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If you require any help registering for courses please call us at (403) 342-2266 or email us at recoverycollege@reddeer.cmha.ab.ca.

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.

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

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: http://cmhareddeer.ca

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