Changeways Clinic

Talk. About living.

For the schedule of upcoming talks, click here.

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Psychology is applicable to everyone. But most people never see a psychologist. That’s where PsychologySalon comes in. PsychologySalon is designed to provide timely, interesting, and research-informed presentations on topics that touch the lives of a broad spectrum of people. We aim to create a forum for discussions about psychological topics outside the clinical setting.

Our talks consider central issues that concern all of us: How can I work toward my goals in a way that I will actually make progress? Where is the boundary between perception and reality? Why don’t wealthy cultures seem to promote happiness? What is happiness, and how do people achieve it? What’s the difference between sadness and depression? Is hope always a good thing? Can optimism trip us up? Is stress harmful? How can I assert myself without looking obnoxious?

PsychologySalon is a lecture/discussion series for all of us. In addition, we will eventually offer weekend workshops on selected topics.

What’s coming up?

Each session has a new topic. There will be an illustrated talk by a registered psychologist, and a discussion or Q and A. You can ask questions, join the discussion, or sit back and observe. For more information on the talks themselves, see our webpage lineup
here. No need to buy tickets - with our cosponsor Vancouver Public Library, PsychologySalon is free of charge.

Where and when?

Where: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, in the meeting rooms beneath the concourse.

When: From 7 to 8:30 pm. For dates, check our lineup

In addition, PsychologySalon talks can be provided to your own organization. Contact us at
to inquire.

Is this for people with psychological difficulties?

Nope, these talks are for everyone. We select topics for their wide applicability and general interest. In some cases, we may talk about specific types of psychological difficulty, but these talks are not designed to be a form of treatment for any disorder.