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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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Josh King, PsyD


Joshua King, PsyD is a licensed psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. King is the host of the Beyond Addiction Show, a weekly podcast dedicated to disseminating information about evidence-based treatments and to interviewing people who have worked to move the conversation about substance use forward. Dr. King oversees CMC’s media presence and website and is a regular contributor to CMC’s blog and is a contributing writer to Thrive Global. He has recently co-authored a chapter in Different Patients, Different Therapies (Cabaniss & Holoshitz, 2019) on using ACT to work with substance use disorders.


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I do this work because of the parents and family members suffering deeply from the effects of addiction. Many lack access to evidence based skills and non-judgmental support. I am incredibly grateful to be able to share information with people far and wide about the ways they can support their loved ones while also caring for themselves.
I always walk away from trainings deeply moved and inspired. The moments that stick out the most are when parents come back and share the ways they used the skills learned with their own family. It is even more impactful when they mention noting an immediate difference! It can’t get any better than that.
I would tell them to never give up. This is hard work and there will be times when it feels like your efforts are not working and you want to give up. If you can hold on through those tough moments, amazing things can happen! Even through difficulty, parents should know that they will feel better after handling a situation in a way that allows their child to feel loved – that alone is a tremendous gift.