2023.05.03 | Invitation to Change Workshop


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2023.05.03 |  Invitation to Change Workshop | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | 6 contact hours

The Invitation to Change Approach is a practical, compassionate and skills-oriented program developed for people wanting to help loved ones struggling with substance use. It blends evidence-based principles and practices from Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Instead of the traditional message to families of “detachment”, this approach emphasizes the idea that people can take care of themselves while simultaneously staying engaged and practicing active strategies to help their struggling loved one. Professionals attending will gain a thorough understanding of the behavioral motivations behind substance use, how to employ motivational strategies that improve communication and promote change, and learn to share this information with the family members and loved ones of people who use substances. Training is accomplished through didactic learning and experiential exercises.

About the Presenter


Nicole Kosanke, PhD Dr. Kosanke is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Family Services at the Center for Motivation and Change’s outpatient division in NYC, where she specializes in working with family members of people abusing substances and in the assessment process for families and individuals. Dr Kosanke has been working in the research and clinical practice of treating substance use disorders for many years and utilizes the principles of CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) in different therapeutic modalities and resources: group, individual, family, video training, and written materials. She co-authored the award-winning book, Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, which is a compassionate and science-based family guide for navigating the addiction treatment world, understanding motivation, and using CRAFT skills. She also participates in the work of the cmc: foundation for change and contributed to The 20 Minute Guide: A Guide for Parents about How to Help their Child Change their Substance Use.


CCSME Policies

Contact Hours
A completed evaluation and 100% participation is required to receive a certificate of contact hours. Partial credit will not be awarded.

6 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

6 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Certificate of attendance for 6 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, MHRT-C, and other professionals.

6 contact hours approved by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.