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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 Training

for Families and Loved Ones

With the Lowell Prevention Coalition. Sponsored by the City of Lowell Health Department.


April 21, 2024
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET


In person at UTEC
35 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852


Families and loved ones of those struggling with substances



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Join us on April 21st for a 4 hour training in the Invitation to Change approach, and bring a new understanding of substance use and recovery into your life. In this training, participants will use the Invitation to Change approach to reflect on what it means to help, reimagine the role that loved ones can play in the change process, and learn evidence-supported strategies for helping a loved one struggling with addiction.

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

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.