2021.06.08 | The Invitation to Change Approach


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | June 8, 2021 | Center for Motivation and Change, NYC | Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.



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12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | June 8, 2021| 1 contact hour or 1 CME

The behavior change approach draws from the most effective behavioral strategies and concepts found in 3 evidence-based treatments: CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Put simply, the Invitation to Change Approach brings science and kindness together: evidence-based strategies (communication and reinforcement tools) are combined with compassion and care, making a wealth of research-supported and clinically tested knowledge accessible, practical, and understandable for those who need it most.

Introduction: An Invitation to You 

Presenting the Invitation to Change as a wheel made strong by eight spokes—the eight sections of this  approach—all connected to the hub of practice. 

Part One: Helping with Understanding 

In this section, we begin to create the conditions for change. After all, change—more specifically, a shift  from old, less constructive behaviors to new, more constructive behaviors—is what we are “inviting”  with ITC. In this part, we offer families new ways to see a loved one’s behavior and new ways to  understand the situation. By looking at the problem from a different perspective, they can start to  create an environment in their home and a sense of possibility in their relationship that will help everyone take steps toward positive change. 

Part Two: Helping with Awareness 

In part one, families work through some new ways to understand their loved one’s behavior. This part invites them to include themselves in the change process by focusing on their experience. Increasing  their awareness of themselves—their emotions, reactions, values, and personal limits—makes a huge  difference in being more effective helpers. We often describe this part of helping as “what I can do on  the inside.” The final part, “Helping with Action,” addresses what they can do “on the outside.”

Part Three: Helping with Action 

In this section, we offer practical communication and behavior tools participants can use to improve their interactions with their loved one. We know that despite one’s good intentions, conversations with loved ones can go off course and become unproductive. Communication often takes a serious hit during times of stress and heightened emotion, and in the face of scary behaviors like misusing substances, discussions tend to focus on the latest disappointment or the last time the loved one used. A goal in this section is to help a loved one develop varied, healthy behavioral tools that allow them to thrive and to navigate life.


About the Presenter

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. 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.  Read more

Contact hour A completed evaluation is required to receive a contact hour for the following:

1 Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (CCSME). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians

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

1 contact hours for CHES/MCHES. 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 1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

1 contact hour pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.






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