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Thu, Sep 21


The Arlington Common

Invitation to Change (ITC) Ongoing Support Group

A community that welcomes the family and friends of those struggling with substance use issues.

Invitation to Change (ITC) Ongoing Support Group
Invitation to Change (ITC) Ongoing Support Group

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Arlington Common, 3938 Vermont Rte 7a, Arlington, VT 05250, USA

About the event

  • Learn how to encourage change for you and your loved one, in a place of openess and support.
  • The Invitation to Change Approach(ITC) is grounded in compassion, connection and the belief that you can do something to help your loved one.
  • Here, connect with a supportive community and engage with tools and techniques to use in your daily life.

Topics from the ITC approach include:

How to understand your loved one’s behaviors. 

What makes someone decide to change?

What if they don’t want to change? 

Figuring out what will work for your loved one.

How do I talk to them about abusive substance use? 

Practical tools for encouraging change.

Taking care of yourself on this journey 

How to stay connected when things are hard.

*The ITC was developed by Jeffrey Foote, PhD, Kenneth Carpenter, PhD and Carrie Wilkens, Phd who also parterned on their pionnering book Beyond Addiction. Their website is The ITC models brings together a number of evidence-based ideas and approaches with the goal of creating a model of “science and kindness”. With it’s “One size does not fit all” approach – it allows for diversity and inclusiviness.

This group is free and open to the public. 

ITC Workbook required – www.cmcffcorg to order

Text or Call Paula Shulman, facilitator, at 802-379-5117 to register or for questions.

Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month starting June 15 th at Noon/ live and via Zoom.

Paula Shulman, LICSW – LADC, lives in Arlington, Vermont, raised her daughter here and runs a private practice in addition

to working as the Evaluator for the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation program for Bennington County.

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