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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.

  • 2-6 hours for planning meetings
  • 29 hours of 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
  • Facilitate one 15-week ITC support group for family members and loved ones.
  • Collaborate with Regional ATTC and CMC: Foundation to receive technical assistance and support as needed during implementation and facilitation of the ITC support group. 

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.


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.

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.
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
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]