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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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Family Training in the ITC

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


Please note: materials for this training have been sent out!

If you have not received your training materials or zoom link, please check your spam folder for an email from [email protected].

Any further issues, please reach out to Amy Milin at [email protected], or Meg Murray at (413) 854-8508.


June 24th-25th 2022
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST


Online - Zoom

ITC Certification

Certificate of Completion


Families, Parents
Loved Ones


16 Hour Training: $100
(Limited sliding scale available:
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Please note: materials for this training have been sent out!

If you have not received your training materials or zoom link, please check your spam folder for an email from [email protected].

Any further issues, please reach out to Amy Milin at [email protected], or Meg Murray at (413) 854-8508.


Throughout your loved one’s substance use and related troubling behaviors, you may have wished time and again that you could get them to just snap out of it. You may have felt helpless, wishing that you had the power to just make them stop, or make them see reason so that they would want to stop. Or you may have felt the desire to detach completely, sick of the pain, hurt, and frustration.

But we know that in all likelihood, none of these options are working. So the Invitation to Change Approach (ITC) is what we offer you instead. You cannot force your loved one to change, but you can create an environment where change is more likely to happen. You cannot erase this painful situation from your life, but you can sustain and care for yourself as you march forward. You cannot make their behaviors less painful, but you can find ways to understand where they’re coming from. You cannot control your loved one, but you can communicate in ways that will at least make it easier for them to hear you––and for you to hear them.

ITC Workshops can help you learn how to do all of the above, with the potential to transform your relationship with your loved one and help you support their efforts to stop or reduce their substance use and/or the harmful behaviors that can come along with it. Over the course of 2 days, we invite you to join us to spend some time learning, sharing, and hopefully, growing. We hope to see you there!

“I was very fortunate to come across CMC’s Invitation to Change, and to be able to take some workshops with them. I loved that this new approach fit with my values of compassion and kindness, and it helped me understand, from a deeper perspective, the whole picture…Our kids deserve for us to show up, and now I have learned a way to do that.”

– Antoinette, Parent and Advocate

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The Invitation to Change Approach is grounded in compassion, connection, and the understanding that families can have a powerful helping impact on those struggling to change. The ITC Approach draws on evidence-based practices also found in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach (CRAFT), as well as decades of clinical experience working with families and loved ones.

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 and willingness to engage with emotional pain. Finally, it emphasizes action, teaching communication and behavior skills to promote and support new behaviors in a person struggling with substance use. 

This ITC workshop will give you useful evidence-based ways to understand your loved one’s behavior, so that you can use motivational and behavioral strategies to improve communication and promote change. You will learn skills to:

• Lessen the tension, conflict, and heated emotion in your relationship and household

• Allow yourself to be part of the change process and be taken care of on this journey 

• Talk to your loved one in ways that improve collaboration and encourage change

• Respond more effectively both to the positive changes your loved one makes and to their less positive behaviors, while letting natural consequences play a role in motivating change

The ITC can help you take care of yourself while simultaneously staying engaged and practicing active strategies to invite and encourage change in your loved one, in yourself, in your family––and, if you’re  inspired to share it, in your larger community.

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.

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