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 facilitates the course?

Our Psychology for Change course is facilitated by male and female members of our team, who have a range of personal and professional experiences, related to substance use, addiction, trauma, social inequality, psychology and feminism. 

This is aligned with a key part of our ethos to employ graduates of our courses following apprenticeships within the organisation.  

Each of our facilitators are fully supported within the organisation and have either completed, or are encouraged to work towards gaining the L3 Award in Education and Training. 

Find out more about the team here

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.

  • The option to submit coursework (written or oral) leading to a Level 1 Open College Network qualification in Developing  Emotional Resilience. To find out more about the qualification, click here

  • 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

To find out who the course is for, click here.

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.

To find out how to access the course, click here.

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