This two-day virtual workshop will provide skills training for professionals focused on the process of working with clients who have a loved one struggling with substance use issues. The Invitation to Change Approach draws on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to provide a compassionate and collaborative way of working with the families and concerned significant others of people who struggle with substance use.
These evidence-backed modalities show that the loved ones and family members of someone who is struggling can help. The ITC Approach provides these loved ones with the tools to do so. Participants in this training will learn positive reinforcement, communication, and self-compassion skills that they can in turn share with families.
Instruction in the ITC is based in didactic instruction, experiential activities, and practice exercises facilitated by presenters. Participants will learn to apply these skills to use the Invitation to Change Approach in clinical practice.
This event will include 13-hours (6.5 hours each day) of training in the ITC Approach over two days.
Professionals in the mental health / addiction field. This can include, but is not limited to, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Certified Counselors. This approach is designed to be useful in a variety of contexts, including group and individual clinical settings, self-help/coaching relationships, and other professional and interpersonal settings.
Jeff Foote, PhD, is Co-Founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) in Manhattan, as well as CMC:Berkshires. Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches and substance abuse treatment research, focused on the implementation of evidence-based treatments. Dr. Foote was also Psychologist for the NY Mets for 11 years, and continues in sports psychology as an independent performance consultant to professional athletes. Before co-founding CMC in 2003, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001.
He is co-author of the award-winning book Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, a practical guide for families dealing with addiction and substance problems in a loved one, based on principles of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). He is also a contributor to two workbooks combining strategies from CRAFT and Motivational Interviewing: The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide and The Partner’s 20 Minute Guide, which offer specific tools and practice in evidence-based strategies for helping a loved one change..
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