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The Invitation to Change: A Short Guide is a practical guide to the 9 core topics of the Invitation to Change Approach, the helping approach at the core of everything we do.

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Family Mondays at CMC:FFC

Family Mondays are 1-hour learning and support sessions open to anyone who loves someone struggling with substance use. Led by Dr. Nicole Kosanke – one of the authors of Beyond Addiction – each session covers a new topic related to helping your loved one (and yourself) from a place of compassion. Dr. Kosanke’s approach is based in psychological research and a principle of kindness, in line with all of our work at CMC:Foundation for Change and the Invitation to Change Approach.

All are welcome to attend. Feel free to join us for just one meeting, or sign up for the whole series. Sessions happen on the first Monday of every month, as well as many second Mondays. Check out the schedule and list of topics below.


6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
(see full schedule below)


Online - Zoom
(info and link emailed upon registration)


$15 per session


Friends, Family, Partners, Co-Workers who are concerned about someone’s alcohol or substance use and want to know what they can do to influence positive change. You do not have to be involved in any CMC services to attend.

Registration for each session closes three hours before it starts.

If you cannot find your confirmation email and are not sure which sessions you registered for, you can email [email protected] to find out.

You may contact [email protected] for a full refund up to 36 hours before the session in question; after that deadline you can use your fee toward a future session in lieu of a refund.

Due to the personal nature of these sessions, we cannot record them. However, we will send out Dr. Kosanke’s slides following the session.


Jan 9 — (Parents/Families) How to Support Your Loved One’s Healthier Habits

Feb 6 — (Parents/Families) Setting Limits with Compassion

Feb 13 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in Setting Limits

Mar 6 — (Parents/Families) The Positive Waterfall Effect on Loved Ones of Self-Compassion

Apr 3 — (Parents/Families) What it Means to “Help with Understanding”

Apr 10 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in “Helping with Understanding”

May 1 — (Parents/Families) Effective Communication with Defensive Loved Ones

Jun 5 — (Parents/Families) SMART Goals for Summer Planning

Jun 12 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in Summer Planning

Jul 10 — (Parents/Families) Linking Your Values to Your Actions with Loved Ones

Aug 7 — (Parents/Families) Opening Doors of Communication with Loved Ones

Aug 14 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in Opening Doors of Communication

Sep 11 — (Parents/Families) Anniversary Planning/Rituals for Happy and Sad Events

Oct 2 — (Parents/Families) Responding to Ambivalence in Yourself and Loved Ones

Oct 16 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in Responding to Ambivalence

Nov 6 — (Parents/Families) Planning Ahead: Options for Managing Social Events with Alcohol

Dec 4 — (Parents/Families) Metaphors/Stories to Help You/The Helper

Dec 11 — (Spouses/Partners) Special Considerations for Partners in How Metaphors/Stories can Help You

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for each talk is open until 3pm EST on the day of.

If price is an issue preventing you from attending, please fill out our sliding scale form.