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Day of Recovery and Wellness

CRAFT and the Invitation to Change Approach: Combining Science and Kindness for Families

Dr. Carrie Wilkens, PhD will lead an immersive Breakout Session guiding participants through an overview of the Invitation to Change Approach. Presented by Wilton Presbyterian Church | WEPCO


November 2, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Wilton, CT


Wilton Presbyterian Church | WEPCO
48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT 06897


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Family Training Session: CRAFT and the Invitation to Change Approach: Combining Science and Kindness for Families

The family members and friends of people struggling with substance use (or other behaviors) are incredibly motivated to help their loved one, yet often face huge barriers to getting guidance that works. They experience the fear and exhaustion of dealing with struggles they never imagined having to face, shame, isolation, and a constant sense of how high the stakes are (“something terrible could happen to my child”). They face a culture where addiction is stigmatized and the advice given is antiquated, ideological and punitive (“tough love” or detachment) and get blaming messages that by helping they are “codependent” and “enabling”. These messages come from well-meaning friends and relatives, the media and treatment professionals and increase the shame and fear these families already feel.

There is research supported and clinically tested knowledge for families (parents, spouses, grown children) about how to help in ways that are positive and supportive of the whole family. Families can learn these skills and help their loved one. The Invitation to Change Approach draws from the most effective strategies found in 3 evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and is designed to help families and communities understand the problem they face and approach it compassionately and effectively.


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