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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 in 2024

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 slides following the session.

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.

2024 Schedule

Januray 8th: [Parents/Families] After the Festivities, How to Return to Self-Compassion

February 5th: [Parents/Families] Best Methods for Getting Through to a Loved One

March 4: [Parents/Families] Treatment Options and How to Best Suggest Them

March 11 [Spouses/Partners] Special Considerations for Partners in Treatment Options and How to Best Suggest Them

April 1 [Parents/Families] Making Sense of Why Someone Uses Substances

May 6 [Parents/Families] Staying Grounded in Your Values as a Helper

June 3 [Parents/Families] Anticipating Summer/Planning for Unstructured Time

June 10 [Spouses/Partners] Special Considerations for Partners in Anticipating Summer/Planning for Unstructured Time

July 8 [Parents/Families] Setting Limits and Planning Consequences

August 5 [Parents/Families Identifying and Rewarding Healthy Behaviors

September 9 [Parents/Families] Communication Tools When Your Loved One is Shut Down

September 16 [Spouses/Partners] Special Considerations for Partners in Communication Tools When Your Loved One is Shut Down

October 7 [Parents/Families] Responding Constructively to Ambivalence in Your Loved One

November 4 [Parents/Families] Holiday Planning When Alcohol Should No Longer Be the Norm

December 2 [Parents/Families] Making the Most of Communication Opportunities

December 9 [Spouses/Partners] Special Considerations for Partners in Making the Most of Communication Opportunities