About Us2019-05-29T10:39:34-06:00

Welcome to Recovery College!

Where real people with real experiences share what works.

Using an educational-based approach, Recovery College offers courses to help 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 and students who are experts by experience: they have their own personal 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 focusing on recovery and wellbeing. No previous experience or education level is required. With more than 35 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 an individual’s talents and strengths. These courses inspire optimism, encourage students to consider future opportunities, and move people towards personal empowerment. Recovery is a journey, not a destination.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 403-297-1402 or [email protected]. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Who can attend Recovery College courses?2018-05-04T17:04:38-06:00
Anyone aged 16+ affected by mental health or addiction who want to explore the recovery journey and their own wellness. Those who are supporting a family or friend, as well as people working in the mental health field are welcome to attend. No referral is needed.
What happens in a course?2018-05-04T17:05:06-06:00

Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help students on their recovery journey. Two trainers co-facilitate each course – one an expert by profession, working in their field of expertise; the other an expert by experience, those who have personal experience who will share their experience as part of the course.

Where will the courses be held?2018-05-04T17:05:26-06:00

The majority of courses are held at our Welcome Centre, but also in community venues across Calgary. Locations for each course can be found in the course summary.

How much do courses cost?2018-05-04T17:05:53-06:00

Nothing! All courses are free, but you must register before attending. Drop-in courses do not require registration and are open to everyone (these are indicated in the prospectus).

How is the Recovery College different from mental health support groups/programs?2018-05-04T17:06:16-06:00

Our courses offer more structured learning experiences than a typical group program. They’re designed with input from qualified and experienced educators based on contemporary learning theory. Each course has clear learning outcomes and activities to explore and build knowledge.

What qualifications do I need to have to attend Recovery College?2018-05-04T17:06:41-06:00

None. 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.

Recovery College – By the Numbers


CMHA Calgary has been providing community-based programs and services in the Calgary Region for over 60 years. We are part of a national association of 120 CMHAs scattered across the country continuously evolving to serve the needs of our communities since 1918. We work closely and collaboratively with local community serving agencies to foster better system coordination and to share and learn current, or emerging best practices. CMHA Calgary is recognized as a national leader of recovery. Our staff has participated on local, provincial and national working groups. We have been developing and testing recovery model practices with local, provincial, national and international health and social services agencies and their community providers, clinicians and peers. 

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, despite diagnosis or condition. We believe the focus of our programs and services should be less about diagnosis and/or symptoms and focus more on what an individual needs to live independently with an illness or condition. We are proud to walk with individuals living with a mental health or substance use issue and their families as they travel along their recovery journey.  

CMHA – Calgary Region Programs


CMHA Calgary would like to thank the following organizations for their contributions to the Recovery College. 

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