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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 Mondays

Parents & Families

Making Sense of Why Someone Uses Substances


Monday, April 1st
6 - 7 pm ET


Online - Zoom


This session is tailored to parents and families, but anyone is welcome to attend

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Family Mondays are 1-hour learning and support sessions open to anyone who loves someone struggling with substance use. Led by Dr. Nicole Kosanke – one of the authors of Beyond Addiction – each session covers a new topic related to helping your loved one (and yourself) from a place of compassion. Dr. Kosanke’s approach is based in psychological research and a principle of kindness, in line with all of our work at CMC:Foundation for Change and the Invitation to Change Approach.


This session’s topic is: Making Sense of Why Someone Uses Substances

While this session’s content is tailored to parents and families, anyone is welcome to attend. 

For a full schedule and list of topics for 2024, please visit our page Family Mondays in 2024.

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.

The ITC was created with the idea of a waterfall in mind: the evidence-based ideas and strategies you learn will flow from you, to the families you work with, to the loved ones they are desperate to help. Families, clinicians, and those struggling can all take these ideas and methods and put them to use with practice, patience, and self-compassion.

Due to the personal nature of these sessions, we cannot record them. However, we will send out slides following the session.

You may contact [email protected] for a full refund up to 36 hours before the session in question; after that deadline you can use your fee toward a future session in lieu of a refund.