Ken Carpenter, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Research Scientist
Dr. Carpenter is a clinical psychologist and research scientist who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. He has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes and has held academic and research scientist positions at NY-based universities and state agencies. Dr. Carpenter has authored or co-authored over 70 journal articles and chapters on these topics––including the The 20 Minute Guide, a workbook by CMC:FFC psychologists for people who have a loved one struggling with substance use.
Workshop Session 2
The Invitation to Change Approach: Helping Families Help
How can we guide families struggling with substance use? How can we help people support positive change in their loved ones? And how can we use science and kindness together to make a real impact on people’s lives? These are the considerations that informed the creation of the Invitation to Change Approach (ITC), a helping model developed and shared by the Foundation for Change. Built on the three pillars of Understanding, Awareness, and Action, the ITC first illuminates new perspectives on substance use and the process of change; next, creates a foundation of self-awareness to allow willingness to engage with emotional pain; and finally, emphasizes action by teaching behavioral reinforcement and communication skills. These concepts rest on science-backed principles and practices to support those in a change-facilitating role—and on a larger scale, they have the power to combat the pervasive stigmatizing cultural narratives about substance.
This workshop is approved for 1-hour Renewal Credit/CEU for: IC&RC/NJ-AP Certification Board | NAADAC