Recovery Coach Training

A two-day virtual training in the Invitation to Change Approach. 

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November 12th-13th 2021
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST


Online - Zoom




Recovery Coaches, Professionals


$500 per person (Limited sliding scale available, please contact us to learn more. All event revenue helps us provide trainings to affected families for free.)

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Bring powerful evidence-based insights and support tools to your recovery work.

We’re inviting recovery coaches from across the country to participate in a two-day virtual training in the Invitation to Change Approach (ITC), a compassionate and science-backed model for recovery support work.

The ITC is a holistic helping framework based in science and kindness, designed for the families and loved ones of people struggling with substance use. In this training, we’ll invite you to reflect on what it means to help, learn the role that loved ones can play in the change process, and become familiar with new evidence-supported strategies that can offer families – so often left in the dark – the hope and tools they need.

“I have talked to multiple participants that said it blew their socks off.  ‘Life changing,’ ‘Wish I would have had this years ago,’ ‘Everyone needs this information,’ ‘Why aren’t more treatment providers offering this for their families.’ As a family recovery coach, I am so excited to bring this to more and more parents who truly want to do things differently.”

– Pam L., Certified Family Recovery Coach at Thrive! Family Support

Participants will leave this training with a complete set of ideas and tools to be brought into their recovery support work, as well as a connection to our growing community of clinicians, researchers, and families who draw from the ITC Approach. 

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Get certified in the Invitation to Change

Certificate of Completion

Those who attend the full 2-day training will receive a Certificate of Completion to signify their understanding of ITC principles and practices––an important first step in integrating the ITC into your helping work.

Level 1 ITC Certification

After the main 2-day training event, participants can earn a Level 1 ITC Certification by registering for our 8 additional ITC Application Hours. These hours will include:

One 4-hour training on real-world applications of the ITC Approach,  including how to run community groups based in the ITC. 

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. 

Participation in these Application Hours will prepare you to use the ITC with deeper understanding and confidence, as reflected by a Level 1 ITC Certification.

Cost for ITC Application Hours: $200

How is the ITC Approach Different?

The Invitation to Change Approach is grounded in compassion, connection, and the understanding that families and coaches can have a powerful helping impact on those struggling to change. The ITC draws on evidence-based practices from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to offer a full suite of care (and self-care) skills.  

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 to allow willingness to engage with emotional pain. Finally, it emphasizes action, teaching communication and behavior skills to promote and support new behaviors.

Who Can use this Approach?

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, coaches, and those struggling can take these ideas and methods and put them to use with practice, patience, and self-compassion. We hope that you will use these tools with those you are coaching, whether they be family and loved ones OR the person struggling with compulsive behaviors––and we hope these practices are helpful to you in your life as well. 


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