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The Invitation to Change (ITC) Approach

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Sponsorship Opportunities

For community organizations interested in implementing the ITC model, please apply to receive ITC facilitation training and support to host ITC Recovery Support Groups as outlined below.

Part 1 Training Description

The Invitation to Change is a holistic helping model for families affected by substance use, drawing from concepts also found in CRAFT, MI, and ACT. Participants will leave the training with a complete set of tools for working with families. More about the approach here.

What can I expect and who is this training for?

This training offers participants a helping blueprint for working with families. Over the course of the workshop training participants will learn the foundational principles and skills entailed in the Invitation to Change approach and introduced to exercises to help families understand and utilize them to support their struggling loved one. The ITC is designed to be taught to and implemented by those in supportive roles (i.e. family members; significant others) —it takes complicated psychological principles and makes them understandable for families in crisis. The workshop introduces the ITC concepts and skills in a similar way we expect participants to teach their clients. 

Participation Requirements

Each applicant organization or community group will select 3 individuals (2 individuals to co-facilitate the support group and 1 individual to provide project oversight and support) to participate in both Level 1 and Level 2 of the ITC Approach training.

Attendance Requirements: The availability of spots is limited. Full commitment is expected of participants for all seven training sessions.

Costs

There is no cost associated with this training. However, the team of participants are expected to implement an ITC support group in their local community (virtual or in-person).

Continuing Education (CE)

Part 1 of the Invitation to Change Training is eligible for Continuing Education Credits.

We do not provide partial CE credits. Attendees are required to attend the entire training. For Zoom trainings we will track attendance by downloading the Zoom reports, so please ensure that your display name is your full name so we can properly mark your attendance. If you are going to share a computer with another participant you are REQUIRED to inform CMC:FFC staff prior to the training.

NASW
National Association of Social Workers
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886779708-2078) for 14 continuing education contact hours.
NYSED
New York State Education Department
CMC:Foundation for Change is recognized by the NYSED State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0581. This program is approved for 14 continuing education contact hours
NAADAC
The Association of Addiction Professionals
CMC:Foundation for Change is approved by NAADAC to provide 14 Credit Hours. Provider approval number 272939. NAADAC CE Approvals by State: View Here

If you are unsure if one of these three approvals will cover your specific licensure, please contact your board directly to clarify.

Part 2: Support Group Implementation Group

After selected applicants complete the Part 1: Training Commitment during July 2024- September 2024, Part 2 will entail the facilitation of the one 15-week Support Group for families of loved ones facing substance use challenges between October 2024-August 2025.

Selected applicants are also expected to collaborate with Regional ATTC and CMC: Foundation to receive technical assistance and support as needed during implementation and facilitation of the ITC support group. (Estimated time commitment: 25 hours)

Additional Questions

On April 4th at 2pm CT, join via zoom on this link.

View or Download the recording from 2/29 here.

For more information, contact Kelly Pierrend, South Southwest ATTC: [email protected]

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Invitation to Change Approach Information Session Overview

What is the Invitation to Change (ITC) Approach?

The Invitation to Change model was developed by CMC: Foundation for Change and focuses on building communication skills, improving family relationships and self-care for families. Support groups can be facilitated by paid or volunteer community members, peer support specialists or clinicians. The Invitation to Change model and strategies are drawn from three evidence-based approaches—Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

This is a joint project with the Great Lakes ATTC at University of Wisconsin, Northwest ATTC at University of Washington, Mountain Plains ATTC at University of North Dakota and University of Nevada Reno, Southeast ATTC at Morehouse School of Medicine, Mid America ATTC and the ATTC Network Coordinating Office at University of Missouri Kansas City.

How did it begin?

South Southwest ATTC is engaged in a multi-year collaborative effort to provide family members of people with substance use challenges access to evidence informed, responsive and culturally appropriate resources. Our efforts began in 2022 in response to needs identified in the South Southwest ATTC’s service region – HHS Region 6, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2022-2023, South Southwest ATTC partnered with the National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center, The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and local community representatives to conduct a review of existing resources for family members. In addition, we hosted consultations directly with family members and loved ones of people who use substances about their experiences and needs.

The resulting report from the consultation indicated that family members are available and steadfast supporters of their loved ones.

They are actively working to find treatment and recovery supports for family members facing substance use challenges. They are strengthened by extended family networks and faith communities, but they also experience significant isolation and shame, and frequently struggle to find effective resources. 

To expand resources and support for families, South Southwest ATTC is partnering with other regional ATTCs to establish and nurture the growth ITC Family Support groups in our region.

What is the status today?

On February 29, 2024 the South Southwest ATTC and their partners hosted The Invitation to Change Approach Informational Session for over 90 attendees. 

The session began with an introduction to the audience to the ATTC Network, an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addiction’s treatment and recovery services field by Jeanne Pulvermacher, Great Lakes ATTC. 

Then, Meg Murray, Executive Director of CMC Foundation for Change gave a brief overview the framework based on science and kindness, designed for families and the professionals who support them, known as the ITC model. She explained the importance of family support for someone facing substance use challenges. As well as understanding how shame can impact the individual, their family, and their journey. 

Kris Kelly of the Great Lakes ATTC wrapped up the Informational Session, by explaining the ATTC Sponsorship opportunities for community organizations. Organizations interested in implementing the ITC model can apply to receive ITC Facilitation training and support to host ITC Recovery Support Groups as outlined below.

Training Commitment: (July-September 2024)

  • 2-6 hours for planning meetings
  • Virtual ITC facilitator trainings to include:
    • 2 facilitators (volunteer community members and/or staff)
    • 1 individual (volunteer community member and/or staff) affiliated with organization who will manage the implementation of ITC group, and provide guidance and support to the facilitators

Support Group Implementation Commitment: (October 2024-August 2025)

  • Facilitate one 15-week ITC support group for family members and loved ones. Responsibilities include: 
  • Schedule 15-week ITC support group (1 session per week)
  • Identify location for ITC support group –in-person or virtual
  • Recruit family members and loved ones to attend ITC support group
  • Provide logistical support and supplies for ITC support group
  • Provide oversight, guidance, and support for facilitators

Estimated time commitment: 60 hours

  • Collaborate with Regional ATTC and CMC: Foundation to receive technical assistance and support as needed during implementation and facilitation of the ITC support group. 

Estimated time commitment: 25 hours

Click the image to watch the full recording of Informational Session from 2/29/24.

For those interested who work and/or reside in SAMHSA Region 6 states Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, can contact Kelly Pierrend at [email protected].

How to Apply: Fill out and submit this google form.

To learn more about training dates and organizational commitments, please see the new webpage. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2024.

All selections will be made by May 1, 2024. 

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