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Thu, Feb 23


The Arlington Common

Invitation to Change Support Group

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

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Invitation to Change Support Group
Invitation to Change Support Group

Time & Location

Feb 23, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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

About the event

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

  • 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?                                     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.

“It reaffirms that applying the familiy’s natural kindness and positive reinforcement, rather than withholding it, is what makes change possible and it is based on a comprehensive plan not a recipe for a quick fix.” – Tom Hedrick, Founding Member, The Partnership of

This group is free and open to the public.

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

Location – The Arlington Common  3938 Rt 7A – Arlington, VT 05250

Thursdays at 6pm – Beginning January 26th.

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

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

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