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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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Kenneth Carpenter, PhD

Director of Training, Board Member

Kenneth Carpenter, PhD is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies for helping individuals make essential lifestyle changes. He is co-author of The Beyond Addiction Workbook for Family and Friends: Evidence-Based Skills to Help a Loved-One Make Positive Change and the Director of Training at the CMC:Foundation for Change (CMC:FFC). CMC:FFC is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of improving the dissemination of evidence-based ideas and strategies to the families of persons struggling with substance use. The CMC:FFC team’s Invitation to Change approach is an accessible set of understandings and practices that empower families to remain engaged when helping a loved one struggling with substance use. The approach is used across the country by laypeople and treatment professionals.

Dr. Carpenter has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with substance use and its treatment. He holds an academic appointment in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and is a Research Scientist in the Division on Substance Use Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr Carpenter has authored numerous articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and professional textbooks. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (M.I.N.T), Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.