Recovery Colleges offer a range and variety of recovery-focused courses designed for individuals, families, the workplace, and cultural and spiritual communities. All Recovery College courses are co-developed and co-facilitated with the community and peers (individuals with “lived experience” who are role models to their peers and embody hope and recovery) exploring community strengths, as personal expertise is embedded with professional expertise.
Recovery Colleges in Alberta have been modelled after successful Recovery Colleges in the UK, USA and Australia to provide early access to mental health supports through a range of courses that help develop resiliency, wellness, connection, belonging and hope. The peer approach assumes that people who have similar experiences relate better and can offer a more authentic support to their peers.
Recovery is a paradigm of service delivery which places greater emphasis on people’s strengths and possibilities than on problems and deficits. Adopting a participatory, educational, and learning approach to service delivery, programs and services are provided as a resource for individuals to use in their recovery journey.
For more information about CMHA’s recovery colleges, please contact OA@cmha.ab.ca.