Direct Parent Training 2018-04-26T01:13:57+00:00

Training in
the Invitation to Change Approach

The Invitation to Change Approach is practical and skills-oriented, and brings together ideas from several evidence-based therapy approaches. It is not based on ideas of “detachment”, rather on the idea that parents can take care of themselves and the rest of their family while also learning active strategies to help their struggling child. We provide parent trainings for community organizations, parent support groups, religious organizations and more.

OVERVIEW

The CMC: Foundation for Change provides a wide array of trainings in the Invitation to Change Approach, a set of evidence-based strategies that family members of individuals struggling with substance use can learn to help their loved one. This approach includes concepts and skills drawn directly from the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), all powerful research supported approaches that help people change. Trainings and presentations target the following groups:

  • Parents and family members of people who struggle with a substance use problem: these trainings and presentations are designed to teach skills directly to parents and other family members.
  • Parents as coaches: these training target volunteer parents who have had a child with a substance use problem who want to share their knowledge and strength, in combination with new skills, with other struggling parents. These coaches can directly impact their communities by starting support groups.
  • Parents as coaches for the Partnership for DrugFree Kids: these trainings target volunteer parents who have had a child with a substance use problem who want to share their knowledge and strength, in combination with new skills, with other struggling parents. These parent coaches receive ongoing supervision/support and give their time to staff a free hotline funded by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids that has a nationwide reach.
  • Community and governmental organizations that provide support to families facing problems associated with substance use.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Introductory and Extended Talks
    (1 - 4 Hours):

    These talks provide an overview of the Invitation to Change Approach and evidence based treatment strategies. We explain the potential applications of this model in different areas such as parent trainings, peer-to-peer (i.e., self-help) and community support programs. These talks introduce the audience to new and hopeful concepts to spark an interest in the community or an organization. Our hope is that they go onto pursue a longer workshop or training. A half day presentation allows for greater planning about potential use within a community.

Workshops

  • One and Two Day Trainings
    (8 or 16 Hours):

    These workshops provide participants (parents or community advocates/treatment professionals) with a complete overview of the topics and strategies included in the Invitation to Change Approach. It gives participants the opportunity to practice selected skills and strategies while receiving feedback from the instructors. The training is designed to give participants a working knowledge of evidence-based tools to address the problems they face and open the door for the ongoing learning, exploration, and practicing of these strategies. The longer two day training allows for greater skill acquisition and practice.

  • 20 Minute Guide Support Group Training
    (8 or 16 hours):

    These workshops provide participants (parent volunteers or community advocates/treatment providers) with a complete overview of the topics covered in The 20 Minute Guide as well as exposure to a potential framework for starting a support group in their community. A support group structure will be discussed and materials provided to organize an on-going group in the community.

Coaching

  • VOLUNTEER PARENT/COACH TRAINING
    (2.25 days, 18-20 hours; plus post workshop supervision 12 hours; total training hours 30-32 hours):

    The Peer Coach training program provides participants with a comprehensive training in The Invitation to Change Approach so that they can become peer-to-peer coaches for other parents in need. The training teaches participants in the use of strategies to help other parents understand and apply the skills in their own families. This workshop includes the use of interactive/experiential exercises, hands on practice and role plays of the strategies, and guidance in how to help other parents learn to implement these strategies. The workshop provides participants with a working knowledge of the helping model and access to the materials that can be utilized in a peer coaching system. This workshop is a key component in the nationally based Parent-to-Parent Coaching Program developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between the CMC: Foundation and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids (drugfree.org).

  • TRAINING-THE-TRAINERS (12 hours):

    The Training-the-Trainer workshop teaches experienced parent coaches to lead their own coach training workshops. It is expected that participants have attended previous workshop training and have acted as coaches using the strategies in their own personal or professional work. The goal of this training workshop is to provide participants a working knowledge of The Invitation to Change training model, the concepts, exercises, and strategies utilized in a training workshop, and access to the current and ongoing development of materials used for training.

  • POST-WORKSHOP TRAINING SESSIONS
    (up to 12, 60 minute sessions):

    The CMC: Foundation provides the opportunity for workshop training participants to receive post workshop training and consultation from a workshop instructor. The consultations focus on helping them implement the skills and strategies tailored to their specific context (e.g. community organization). The post-workshop training and consultation can be conducted in person or remotely (via telephone or other conferencing technology) for a pre-specified period of time. The goal of this service is to build upon the workshop training experience, help maintain the participant's’ skills and knowledge gained during the training and provide feedback and support as participants begin to use the strategies in their personal or professional situations.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Introductory and Extended Talks
    (1 - 4 Hours):

    These talks provide an overview of the Invitation to Change Approach and evidence based treatment strategies. We explain the potential applications of this model in different areas such as parent trainings, peer-to-peer (i.e., self-help) and community support programs. These talks introduce the audience to new and hopeful concepts to spark an interest in the community or an organization. Our hope is that they go onto pursue a longer workshop or training. A half day presentation allows for greater planning about potential use within a community.

Workshops

  • One and Two Day Trainings
    (8 or 16 Hours):

    These workshops provide participants (parents or community advocates/treatment professionals) with a complete overview of the topics and strategies included in the Invitation to Change Approach. It gives participants the opportunity to practice selected skills and strategies while receiving feedback from the instructors. The training is designed to give participants a working knowledge of evidence-based tools to address the problems they face and open the door for the ongoing learning, exploration, and practicing of these strategies. The longer two day training allows for greater skill acquisition and practice.

  • 20 Minute Guide Support Group Training
    (8 or 16 hours):

    These workshops provide participants (parent volunteers or community advocates/treatment providers) with a complete overview of the topics covered in The 20 Minute Guide as well as exposure to a potential framework for starting a support group in their community. A support group structure will be discussed and materials provided to organize an on-going group in the community.

Coaching

  • VOLUNTEER PARENT/COACH TRAINING
    (2.25 days, 18-20 hours; plus post workshop supervision 12 hours; total training hours 30-32 hours):

    The Peer Coach training program provides participants with a comprehensive training in The Invitation to Change Approach so that they can become peer-to-peer coaches for other parents in need. The training teaches participants in the use of strategies to help other parents understand and apply the skills in their own families. This workshop includes the use of interactive/experiential exercises, hands on practice and role plays of the strategies, and guidance in how to help other parents learn to implement these strategies. The workshop provides participants with a working knowledge of the helping model and access to the materials that can be utilized in a peer coaching system. This workshop is a key component in the nationally based Parent-to-Parent Coaching Program developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between the CMC: Foundation and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids (drugfree.org).

  • TRAINING-THE-TRAINERS (12 hours):

    The Training-the-Trainer workshop teaches experienced parent coaches to lead their own coach training workshops. It is expected that participants have attended previous workshop training and have acted as coaches using the strategies in their own personal or professional work. The goal of this training workshop is to provide participants a working knowledge of The Invitation to Change training model, the concepts, exercises, and strategies utilized in a training workshop, and access to the current and ongoing development of materials used for training.

  • POST-WORKSHOP TRAINING SESSIONS
    (up to 12, 60 minute sessions):

    The CMC: Foundation provides the opportunity for workshop training participants to receive post workshop training and consultation from a workshop instructor. The consultations focus on helping them implement the skills and strategies tailored to their specific context (e.g. community organization). The post-workshop training and consultation can be conducted in person or remotely (via telephone or other conferencing technology) for a pre-specified period of time. The goal of this service is to build upon the workshop training experience, help maintain the participant's’ skills and knowledge gained during the training and provide feedback and support as participants begin to use the strategies in their personal or professional situations.

WHAT IS DIRECT-TO-PARENT TRAINING?

As part of our work with families, the CMC: Foundation for Change provides direct training workshops for parents. These one day workshops use the Invitation to Change Approach for parents, helping parents by addressing four important areas:

HELPING WITH
UNDERSTANDING

HELPING WITH
SELF-CARE

HELPING WITH
WORDS

HELPING WITH
ACTION

SHARE

The Invitation to Change Approach is practical and skills-oriented, and brings together ideas from several evidence-based therapy approaches. It is not based on ideas of “detachment”, rather on the idea that parents can take care of themselves and the rest of their family while also learning active strategies to help their struggling child. We provide parent trainings for community organizations, parent support groups, religious organizations and more. For more information about scheduling a training. Contact our Administrative Director Meg Murray.

INTERESTED IN A TRAINING?

For more information about Direct-To-Parent Trainings, please contact our Administrative Director Meg Murray using the contact form below.

111,000,000 family members are affected by addiction.

Join us in the fight to give these families hope.

DISCLAIMER

CMC:Foundation for Change is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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