What is the Center For Motivation and Change?
We are a group of dedicated psychologists…clinicians and researchers, who have been writing books and articles, developing groundbreaking treatments, conducting research studies, training programs and community outreach efforts for years. Our goal? Better, more effective and more respectful treatment for people struggling with substance use, as well as their families. Our even bigger goal? To change the conversation. From the language of stigma to the language of growth. From defects to strengths. From shame to pride and an open heart. From punishment and confrontation to an invitation to truly change. And to change that conversation, we rely on science and kindness.
Our approach at CMC is two-fold. We use motivational techniques to help clients weigh the costs and benefits of change and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients develop the concrete skills and strategies they need to change. We think of these two important aspects of our approach as the “Decision” and the “Tools.”
We encourage clients to weigh the costs and benefits of their current behavior and commit to change for reasons that make sense to them. They are also encouraged to continually reweigh and recommit throughout treatment, as their reasons for changing will shift over time.
This positive, holistic approach is designed to help clients sustain real and lasting change. Focusing solely on stopping behaviors is rarely as successful as developing a richer and more balanced life that can sustain positive change.
In addition, we use specific evidence-based treatments at CMC, depending on each client’s needs. These include:
- The central elements of Motivational Interviewing
- Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT, for families)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy (for PTSD)
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Consideration of appropriate pharmacotherapy (referral to outside provider)