The Invitation to Change Approach teaches family members practical and effective strategies to motivate change in their loved one struggling with substances. By empowering them with a science-based understanding of substance use, the Invitation to Change Approach helps families support healthy/non-using behaviors, improve communication, and reduce substance use. With a focus on the meeting of science and kindness, this approach works to reduce shame and stigma, increases family well-being, and encourages parents and family members to take care of themselves.


CMC:Foundation for Change offers a variety of trainings, talks, and workshops, both in the Invitation to Change Approach and in other skill sets. We have provided these trainings to many different audiences, including:

  • People concerned about the substance use of a loved one
  • Community organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Outpatient treatment providers
  • Professional Groups
  • Sober homes
  • Recovery Organizations

We are interested in continuing to broaden the application of the work we do to include other groups who work directly or indirectly with people with substance issues and their families. Please reach out to us if you have an idea for how we might collaborate with you or your organization.

Training Options

  • A four-hour training is designed to give attendees an overview of the Invitation to Change Approach - a set of useful ideas and skills that will better equip them to engage loved ones who may be struggling with substances. The Invitation to Change Approach draws from the most effective strategies found in 3 evidence-based treatments: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). With a skills-oriented, compassionate outlook, this model emphasizes the idea that families can take care of themselves while also staying engaged with and helping their struggling loved ones. This training is not only for parents and families, however - both laypeople and professionals can benefit from a more thorough, evidence-based understanding of why people use substances and how to talk to them about it. Participants will leave the training with a new perspective on substance use issues and an introduction to proven communication and change strategies.