Level 1 Certification
In the Invitation to Change Approach
Join our Level 1 Invitation to Change community in this 12-Hour, 6-week training.
Registration closes on 5pm EST on Feb 14, 2023
Join us for 6 weeks of Invitation to Change training and join our Level 1 community! Learn how to use the ITC in different settings, including running community groups, and gain a deeper proficiency in explaining these concepts to others.
Our Level 1 community is made up of professionals and family members who are changing the conversation around addiction. They are leading groups, bringing the ITC into their recovery work, and advocating locally for more compassionate approaches to substance use (among many other things!).
Level 1 Certification gives you access to the following:
• Twice-monthly support meetings with FFC trainers and other members of the Level 1 community.
• Access to our Level 1 Facebook group, where we regularly share resources and hold discussions about the Invitation to Change.
• Connection to other community members for collaboration, support, and continued learning.
• Access to our ever-growing resource library, including flyers, presentations, information sheets, and research articles.
• Use of our group leader materials, including a complete, 15-session curriculum for leading ITC-based groups.
• The ability to share information about your ITC-based group in our Community Groups Directory.
Please note: In order to receive Level 1 Certification, you must attend at least 10 of these 12 hours.
Any hours you are not able to attend we will ask you to make up by viewing a recording of the missed session.
The 12 training hours consist of:
One 4-hour training on leading ITC-based community groups.
One 4-hour training on additional applications of the ITC, with a focus on explaining ITC concepts to others.
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 : Wednesday, February 15th, 5-9 PM EST
Additional Applications of the ITC : Wednesday, February 22nd, 5-9 PM EST
Support Session 1 : Wednesday, March 8th, 5-6 PM EST
Support Session 2 : Wednesday, March 15th, 5-6 PM EST
Support Session 3 : Wednesday, March 22nd, 5-6 PM EST
Support Session 4 : Wednesday, March 29th, 5-6 PM EST
To receive Level 1 Certification in the ITC, you must first attend a full, 16-hour or 17-hour training hosted (or co-hosted) by our organization. See upcoming 16-hour workshops here.
At the end of a 16-hour workshop, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, which allows you to attend this Level 1 Certification training.
Unsure whether you have a Certificate of Completion? Contact us!
Full refunds are available up to 72 hours before the training. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
Those who complete our Level 1 training will receive a complete, 15-session curriculum that anyone can use to lead a community group in the Invitation to Change Approach.
• Our sample curriculum can be used as is, or adapted to your needs. It has built-in flexibility for you to adjust the length, frequency, and number of sessions, and you can combine it with other approaches (i.e. SMART Recovery) or add your own spin.
• Each topic-focused session includes a sample meeting agenda, an introductory reading on an ITC topic, and a worksheet or group exercise.
• We also offer access to our resource library, which includes sample group rules, meditations, flyers, and other useful materials for starting and running community groups.
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.
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.
Dr. Carpenter is a clinical psychologist and research scientist who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. He has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes and has held academic and research scientist positions at NY based Universities and state agencies. Dr. Carpenter has authored or co-authored over 70 journal articles and chapters on these topics including the The 20 Minute Guide, a workbook for people who have a loved one struggling with substance use, which can be read here: The 20 Minute Guide.