Our flagship course, Psychology for Change, was previously known as the NEXT Project. It is an intensive 10 week course that develops self-awareness and self-efficacy through the teaching of psychological theory.

The majority of participants who are referred onto Psychology for Change are nearing or have reached the end of treatment for drug and alcohol misuse and are abstinent, although we do work with individuals on low doses of prescribed medication.

The course includes:

  • 10 weeks intensive training with two full training days each week
  • A one-hour tutorial each fortnight with a dedicated personal tutor
  • All travel expenses reimbursed*
  • An option of a six-month voluntary placement – within the social care field and outside of it

Whilst on the course, trainees are helped to reflect on their lives, identify behavioral patterns using the psychological theory covered and engage in thinking about how to rebuild and establish solid foundations for their futures.

"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

People graduating from Psychology for Change go on to volunteer and, sometimes, work professionally in the health and social care sector. We have also supported people to return to previous careers or embark on new ones. Many gain an appetite for study as a result of realising that learning can be enjoyable and lots of graduates move on to further education.

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

Due to the situation regarding COVID-19 we are unable to offer Psychology for Change as a physical group at the moment. We will update details as soon as the situation becomes clearer. For general enquires regarding Psychology for Change you can still contact us on [email protected] or call 020 3490 1818. Places on Psychology for Change are limited and are currently restricted by borough.

Give us a call to check whether your borough means you will be eligible to apply. If you are, links to the documents you need are below. You will have to email in the equal opportunities form separately.