What is Psychology for Change?

It is a free, 8-week course for people at the latter stages of their recovery journey, which helps develop a more accurate understanding of their life experiences and create a more solid foundation to build the rest of their life upon.

The course draws upon a range of subjects that primarily focus on psychology, along with philosophy, feminist theory, social history, politics, sociology and more. Together, they help someone develop a broader perspective and understanding of their individual experience within the wider context of social inequality.

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 23+, who are in recovery or at the latter stages of treatment for drug and alcohol use
  • People who may be thinking about their next steps after finishing residential rehab, coming to the end of a day programme, accessing aftercare services, or being engaged with Employment Training and Education (ETE)
  • People who may be low doses or substitute medication such as methadone, Subutex or Suboxone
  • People who have stable housing and some support networks in their lives, which might include family, friends, access to counselling and/or connections to services
  • People who can commit to attending each training session, for the entire day, over the eight week course - including four, hour-long 1-1 tutorials
  • People who have access to Wi-Fi and Zoom. We fully support someone to become familiar with Zoom prior to the course starting

As part of the referral process, we will explore the criteria above with each person, to see if someone is ready to start the course at this time in their life and recovery.

What will participants get out of the course?

Through the carefully structured training programme and tutorials, participants are supported to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their experience in the world, in a way that helps reduce feelings of shame, self-blame and stigma that someone might be carrying.
  • Develop and practice establishing trust, personal boundaries, critical thinking, problem-solving, dealing with challenging situations and personal responsibility.
  • Develop respectful and fulfilling relationships with others in their life, e.g partners, children, family members and friends
  • Set out and work towards achieving personal goals, as well as grow in confidence and self-esteem
  • Access move-on opportunities, which includes Foundation for Change's female only course Feminism for Change.

"I feel that in treatment you are treated like a child but on Psychology for Change you are encouraged to act like an adult." - Warren

When and where is the next course?

When The induction takes place on Monday 10th June 2024, then every Tuesday & Thursday, from 11th June until 1st August 2024

Time: 10.30am to 4.15pm

Where: Foundation for Change offices in Shoreditch, East London

*Group sizes are usually between 10-12 and are a mixed-sex group. We can also reimburse travel expenses when needed.

How do people access the course?

We accept self-referrals from people directly and referrals from organisations with the person's consent.

The easiest way to get in touch with us is by completing one of our online forms below

  • To refer yourself, please complete the online referral form by clicking here
  • To refer someone else, please complete the professional's online referral form by clicking here

Alternatively, you can also call, text or email us using the contact details below:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone number: 020 3490 1818 (office) or 07599 491342 (Jayne)

If we are not able to answer your call straight away, please leave a message with your name, number, and reason for phoning, and we will get back to you. 

Recent Psychology for Change graduate on her experience of the course

"Psychology for Change made my whole life make sense. It has changed my life and for that I am truly grateful." - Rosina