A two-day virtual training in the Invitation to Change Approach.
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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
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.
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.
Jeff Foote, PhD, is Co-Founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) in Manhattan, as well as CMC:Berkshires. Dr. Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches and substance abuse treatment research, focused on the implementation of evidence-based treatments. Dr. Foote was also Psychologist for the NY Mets for 11 years, and continues in sports psychology as an independent performance consultant to professional athletes. Before co-founding CMC in 2003, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001.
He is co-author of the award-winning book Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, a practical guide for families dealing with addiction and substance problems in a loved one, based on principles of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). He is also a contributor to two workbooks combining strategies from CRAFT and Motivational Interviewing: The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide and The Partner’s 20 Minute Guide, which offer specific tools and practice in evidence-based strategies for helping a loved one change..
Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change in NYC and in the Berkshires. She co-authored an award-winning book, Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change with Drs. Foote and Kosanke. Together they also contributed to a user-friendly workbook for parents: The 20 Minute Guide: A Guide for Parents about How to Help their Child Change their Substance Use.
In collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Dr. Wilkens and the CMC team is developing a national parent training program (the Parent Support Network) to provide parent coaches to families in need of support through a free hotline. Prior to these ventures, Dr. Wilkens was the Project Director on a large federally-funded Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant examining the effectiveness of motivational interventions in addressing the problems associated with binge drinking among college students. She is regularly sought out by the media to discuss issues related to substance use disorders and has been on the CBS Morning Show, Katie Couric Show, and Fox News as well as a variety of radio shows including frequent NPR segments such as the People’s Pharmacy and The Diane Rehm Show. Dr. Wilkens sits on the Advisory Council for the Peter G. Dodge Foundation, a forward-thinking non-profit organization that works with world-class partners to achieve lasting change in the field of alcohol use disorders.
Dr. Carpenter is a clinical psychologist and research scientist who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. He has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes and has held academic and research scientist positions at NY based Universities and state agencies. Dr. Carpenter has authored or co-authored over 70 journal articles and chapters on these topics including the The 20 Minute Guide, a workbook for people who have a loved one struggling with substance use, which can be read here: https://the20minuteguide.com/
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