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Education and Training

CMHA educational programs take place at various community locations during daytime and evening hours. Some programming occurs on the weekend.

Call CMHA at 403-342-2266 for more information and to register

Art of Friendship

Art of Friendship is an eight-week course that teaches individuals the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy friendships. The course also teaches how to create positive social connections with co-workers, employers, family members, and friends. 

Both Daytime and Evening Courses are offered.

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Attending a two-day ASIST course will train you to intervene with an individual who is suicidal. Periodic half day “tune-ups” are required to maintain your certification. CMHA also offers Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk. Tattered teddies  focuses on suicide and children and Straight Talks focuses on suicide and youth.

Facilitator Training

Facilitator Training is a two day course that trains individuals to facilitate support and education groups. Participants may include individuals from not-for-profit organizations, government employees, organizations supporting individuals with disabilities, self-help/peer groups, and others.

For more information please call CMHA at 403-342-2266. You can download the registration form for the Winter 2017 Course offered on February 9th and 10th by clicking on this link: cmha-facilitator-training-winter-2017

Focused Education for Employers and Community Groups

Based on requests from employers and community groups, educational sessions can be tailor-made to meet corresponding needs. Fees are dependent on the length of the presentation and other factors.

Living Life to the Full


Living Life to the Full is a designed to help people face and overcome the problems that are bothering them. Living Life to the Full is for people experiencing depression or anxiety and also benefits anyone seeking to worry less and live a happier life, starting now.

Mental Health Matters for Service Providers

CMHA provides critical training for community delivery staff to remain up-to-date on best practices in service delivery. In the past, this training has included: organizing a conference on Housing First Practices, Using a Model of Hope, and sessions on Recovery and Resilience.

Videos From our Courses

We often show videos during our CMHA Education programs, events and courses. Here are some of them.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

We are pleased to be able to offer WRAP™ (Wellness Recovery Action Planning to our menu of recovery based education. Our expectation is that this course, which is being taught world-wide, will be popular with many Central Albertans.

Next Course:

Thursday Evenings
September 15, through November 3, 5:30 – 8 PM
Red Deer Public Library, Dawe Branch
56 Holt Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 6A6