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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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Invitation to Change Workshop

for Families and Loved Ones

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March 2, 2024
9:30 am - 2:00 pm ET


Online - Zoom
(info and link emailed after registration)


Families and loved ones of those struggling with substances



ITC Certification


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Families and caregivers are invited to join us on March 2nd for a workshop in the The Invitation to Change Approach, and bring a new understanding of substance use into your daily life.

The Invitation to Change Approach (ITC) is grounded in compassion, connection, and the belief that you can do something to help a struggling loved one. This workshop focuses on concepts that will help you promote growth in your loved one and support them through the process of change.

Hosted in collaboration with Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

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.