Professional Training in the ITC

A two-day virtual training in the Invitation to Change Approach©

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March 4th-5th 2022
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST


Online - Zoom

ITC Certification

Certificate of Completion,
Optional Level I Certification


Clinicians, Social Workers,
Recovery Professionals


16 Hour Training: $500
Optional Application Hours: $300
(Limited sliding scale available:
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Continuing Edu.

14 Credit Hours for NY Social Workers
14 Hours through NASW (pending)


Bring powerful evidence-based insights and support tools to your recovery work.

We’re inviting recovery professionals of all kinds to participate in a 2-day virtual training in the Invitation to Change Approach (ITC), a compassionate and science-backed model for recovery support work.

The ITC is a holistic helping framework based in science and kindness, designed for the families and loved ones of people struggling with substance use.* In this training, we’ll invite you to reflect on what it means to help, learn the role that loved ones can play in the change process, and become familiar with new evidence-supported strategies that can offer families – so often left in the dark – the hope and tools they need.

“I have talked to multiple participants that said it blew their socks off.  ‘Life changing,’ ‘Wish I would have had this years ago,’ ‘Everyone needs this information,’ ‘Why aren’t more treatment providers offering this for their families.’ As a family recovery coach, I am so excited to bring this to more and more parents who truly want to do things differently.”

– Pam L., Certified Family Recovery Coach at Thrive! Family Support

Participants will leave this training with a complete set of ideas and tools to be brought into their recovery support work, as well as a connection to our growing community of clinicians, researchers, and families who draw from the ITC Approach. 

*The ITC was developed to help people struggling with substance use, but the approach is suitable for work with other kinds of compulsive behaviors as well. Feel free to reach out if you are wondering if ITC may be relevant to your work.

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Get Certified in the Invitation to Change

Certificate of Completion

Those who attend the full 2-day training will receive a Certificate of Completion to signify their understanding of ITC principles and practices––an important first step in integrating the ITC into your helping work.

Level 1 ITC Certification

After the main 2-day training event, participants can earn a Level 1 ITC Certification by registering for our 12 additional ITC Application Hours.

Participation in these Application Hours will prepare you to use the ITC with deeper understanding and confidence, as reflected by a Level 1 ITC Certification.

ITC Application Hours for Level I ITC Certification are not eligible for CE credit.

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Cost for ITC Application Hours: $300(with limited sliding scale available)

The 12 Application Hours consist of:

One 4-hour training on group applications of the ITC Approach. 

One 4-hour training on living the ITC and using it in your clinical practice. 

Four 1-hour support sessions with your trainers, where you will discuss the challenges and insights that may come up as you incorporate the ITC into your helping work. 


Group Applications of the ITC: Monday March 14th, 5-9 PM EST

The ITC in life and clinical practice: Monday March 28th, 5-9 PM EST

Support Session 1: Monday April 4th, 5-6 PM EST

Support Session 2: Monday April 11th, 5-6 PM EST

Support Session 3: Monday April 18th, 5-6 PM EST

Support Session 4: Monday April 25th, 5-6 PM EST

The Invitation to Change Approach is grounded in compassion, connection, and the understanding that families and coaches can have a powerful helping impact on those struggling to change. The ITC draws on evidence-based practices from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to offer a full suite of care (and self-care) skills.  

Built on the three pillars of Understanding, Awareness, and Action, the ITC first illuminates new perspectives on substance use and the process of change; next, it creates a foundation of self-awareness to allow willingness to engage with emotional pain. Finally, it emphasizes action, teaching communication and behavior skills to promote and support new behaviors.

The ITC was created with the idea of a waterfall in mind: the evidence-based ideas and strategies you learn will flow from you, to the families you work with, to the loved ones they are desperate to help. Families, coaches, and those struggling can take these ideas and methods and put them to use with practice, patience, and self-compassion. We hope that you will use these tools with those you are coaching, whether they be family and loved ones OR the person struggling with compulsive behaviors––and we hope these practices are helpful to you in your life as well. 

By the end of the training, participants will be able to…

    1. Identify compassionate, practical, and flexible ways of understanding substance use behavior and how these perspectives can be useful to families.
    2. Explain multiple benefits to and strategies for developing self-awareness, including checking in with oneself through “pausing” and noticing emotional barriers to acting in line with values
    3. Teach family members how to apply the use of positive reinforcement, communication skills, and self-compassion as ways of helping them support their loved ones who have a substance use disorder.
    4. Describe the role of practice in strengthening ITC concepts and skills in their personal and professional lives.

This program is approved to offer 14 CE credits through NY Social Workers.

This program is pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). If approved, the 2-day training will provide 14 credit hours for social workers in all states excluding New Jersey, Michigan, West Virginia, Idaho, and Oregon.

Application Hours for Level I ITC Certification are not eligible for CE.

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Attendance Policy

To receive CE credit, you must be present for the entire workshop. You are required to sign on at the beginning of the workshop, no more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. If you exit the Zoom meeting during any breaks, you must sign on within 5 minutes of the scheduled end of the break. Those arriving late or leaving before the end of the workshop will not receive CE credits. All attendees must complete a Program Evaluation.

NASW Post-Test

Please note that those interested in receiving credit through NASW will be required to fill out a 75-question post-test after completing the workshop. 

Full refunds are available up to 72 hours before the training. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


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