The Invitation to Change Approach: Helping Families Affected by Addiction


May 13, 2022 9:00am-5pm PST
May 14, 2022 9:00am-5pm PST

w/ Jeff Foote, PhD and Cordelia Kraus, LPC

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About The Workshop

With the prevalence of substance use disorder (nearly 1 in 5 teens and adults in Oregon reported having a problem with alcohol or drugs in 2020, according to SAMHSA), chances are you are working with clients who are affected by their loved one's substance use.

Despite being in a difficult situation, these families are in a strong position to help their loved ones, and themselves, if they are offered the support and training to do so.

This two-day in-person workshop trains professionals in Invitation to Change (ITC), an approach that draws on the evidence-based practices of CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Providers trained in ITC are positioned to teach family members the skills and perspectives needed to effectively encourage their loved ones towards recovery, increase communication and connection, and take care of themselves in the process.

Participants in this training will learn positive reinforcement, communication, and self-compassion skills that they can, in turn, share with families. This training uses didactic instruction, experiential activities, and practice exercises facilitated by presenters. Participants will learn to apply ITC for use in clinical practice.

This event will include 13-hours (6.5 hours each day) of training in the ITC Approach over two days. Concepts and topics to be covered will include:

  • Helping with Understanding (Behaviors Make Sense, One Size Does not Fit All, and Ambivalence is Normal)
  • Helping with Awareness (Self-Awareness, Willingness, Self-Compassion)
  • Helping with Action (Communication Tools, Behavior Tools)

*For more information about the Invitation to Change approach, please visit

Meet Your Instructors

Jeff Foote, PhD

Jeff Foote, PhD is co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) in Manhattan, as well as CMC:Berkshires and CMC:Foundation for Change. 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.

Cordelia Kraus, LPC

Cordelia Kraus, LPC, CADC-I graduated with a MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University in 2013. She has 4 years experience working on an addictions team of a community mental health provider before opening her private practice in 2017 with focus on providing CRAFT-based services to family members struggling with a loved one's substance use. Cordelia attended training in CRAFT from Dr. Robert Meyers in spring 2017 and completed the certification process for CRAFT in 2018. Cordelia has been a part of the Center for Motivation and Change training team (2016 to present), participating in 6 separate trainings for the parent coaches for the Partnership to End Addiction to date. She runs weekly CRAFT-based groups in the community (2017 to present) and facilitates a CRAFT/Invitation to Change clinical consultation group in Portland (2018 to present). She is owner of, a CRAFT-based website offering resources for families struggling with a loved one's alcohol or substance use and community and support for the providers who serve them.

Join us!



for up-and-coming professionals

  • Access to exclusive 2-day event with Jeff Foote and Cordelia Kraus
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources
  • Must be enrolled in accredited study program

w/ CE Certificate


Most Popular

  • Access to exclusive 2-day event with Jeff Foote and Cordelia Kraus
  • Continuing Education Certificate
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources

w/o CE Certificate


for casual learners

  • Access to exclusive 2-day event with Jeff Foote and Cordelia Kraus
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources
  • For practicing mental health professionals



Professionals in the mental health / addiction field. This can include, but is not limited to, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, and Peer Mentors. This approach is designed to be useful in a variety of contexts, including group and individual clinical settings, self-help/coaching relationships, and other professional and interpersonal settings.




  1.  Describe the three major components of The Invitation to Change Approach: Helping with Understanding; Helping with Self-Awareness; Helping with Actions. (This will be done through didactic instruction, experiential activities, and practice exercises).
  2. Teach attendees the use of positive reinforcement, communication skills, and self-compassion as ways of helping families support their loved ones who have a substance use disorder. (This will be done through didactic instruction, experiential activities, and practice exercises).
  3. Summarize the evidence-based protocols supporting the Invitation to Change Approach. (This will be done through didactic instruction).
  4. Apply these ideas and concepts that they practiced in exercises throughout the workshop.
  5. Utilize the Invitation to Change Approach in clinical practice.

SCHEDULE (for both days)

  • 9:00am - Workshop begins
  • Hour for lunch (with 15 minute breaks throughout the day)
  • 5:00pm - Workshop ends


Registration is online. Presentations will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the event. Recordings will be available on YouTube for 30 days.


We reserve a number of partial scholarships for potential attendees who could not otherwise afford to come. We give particular priority to those who would add diverse and underrepresented voices to our field. To submit an application, please click here.


Portland Psychology Clinic, Research & Training Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Portland Psychotherapy, Clinic, Research & Training Center maintains responsibility for all programs and content.

13 CE credits (with the purchase of Professionals with CE Certificate ticket, completion of the Learning Activity Evaluation, and attendance of the entire workshop)


Refund/cancellation policy:

We charge a $15 administration fee for cancellations made more than one week before the training event. For cancellations within one week of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future training event. No refunds will be given after training events.

 Special Accommodations :

Please contact us if you need accommodations to enable you to fully participate in the workshop. We will work with you and do our best to find a way to ensure your participation.

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