Recovery College FAQ

Who can attend Recovery College courses?
Anyone aged 16+ who wants to learn more about mental health. Most of our students are people who have had their own first-hand experience of mental health or addiction challenges. We also have people who are supporting family members and friends, as well as people working in mental health. A referral is not needed.

Where will the courses be held?
In community venues across Calgary. Locations for each course can be found in the course summary.

How much do courses cost?
Nothing! All courses are all free but you must register before attending.

Can I register over the phone?
Yes, we can take registrations online or over the phone, if you can’t register online you can call 403-297-1402.

If the course dates are full, can I just show up?
No. If the course you wish to attend is fully booked, we can add you to the waiting list in case anyone drops out.

What happens in a course?
Our courses are friendly, informative, engaging and enjoyable to help students on their recovery journey. Two trainers teach each course – one an expert by profession, working in their field of expertise, the other is an expert by experience, who will share their own recovery journey as part of each course session.

How is the Recovery College different from other Colleges and Universities?
Our courses don’t have assessments, so you can learn at your own pace without the pressure of being tested. Also, many of our courses can’t be found at a typical learning institute, or else we cover the same topics in very different ways. For instance, in our courses about mental health we’ve certainly done our research, but the main focus is on what real people have learned from real life experience.

I’m not sure I am qualified to attend Recovery College. Do I need to have completed high school?
No. 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.

How is the Recovery College different from mental health group programs?
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 stepped activities to explore and build new knowledge.

I’ve heard Recovery College courses are co-produced. What does that mean?
‘Co-production’ means making things (production) together (co-). It’s a process where people with mental health or addiction challenges, partner in the design and delivery of services, to ‘co-produce’ new ways of doing things. It places equal value on different perspectives and experiences, working together, sharing a wide range of knowledge and skills. All of our courses are co-produced, meaning each course is put together by people with first-hand experience of mental health or addiction challenges, as well as education skills and expertise about the subject at hand. More often it’s many people putting their heads together, each bringing a range of things to the table to ensure a great course. All of our courses are designed and taught by people with first-hand experience of mental health challenges.

Many of our trainers also have experience supporting loved ones or are working in mental health services. This rich base of life experience ensures our courses focus on what really works for good mental health, and offers many different ways of thinking about mental wellbeing and recovery.