Workshop Description

In this rare opportunity to learn from the founder of CRAFT himself, participants will learn how to implement Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT): a highly-effective, evidence-based approach for helping family members living with a loved one (i.e. partner, son/daughter, parent, sibling) who is using alcohol or drugs problematically but who refuses to enter treatment.  CRAFT provides families with practical and highly effective strategies to move their loved one toward treatment, while simultaneously improving their own lives.  Studies show that CRAFT-trained family members are consistently able to engage their substance-misusing loved one into treatment in nearly seven out of ten cases. Even when the loved one does not enter treatment, he/she often substantially reduces their addictive behavior. And regardless of whether or not the loved one enters treatment, the family member typically feels less depressed, anxious, angry, and has fewer physical symptoms than before CRAFT. 

CRAFT involves teaching family members (concerned significant others – CSOs) how to change their own behaviour at home toward the substance using family member in a carefully orchestrated manner.  More specifically, CSOs learn to rearrange contingencies in the substance misuser’s environment so that a non-substance abusing lifestyle becomes more rewarding than one focused on using alcohol or other drugs, and so that engagement in treatment is more likely.   

CRAFT has attained an impressive level of empirical support. The first randomized clinical trial was published in 1986. Additional trials by independent investigators have led to the general conclusion that CRAFT is substantially more effective than intervention or Al-Anon or the Johnson Institute Intervention model in motivating substance users to enter treatment. Simply stated, CRAFT has the strongest evidence base for methods intended to initiate change in another person.  It is certified as an Evidenced Based Treatment by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs Practices (NREPP). 

Participants will learn: 

(1) All components of the CRAFT approach including role-plays and other behavioral skills-training exercises to use during sessions, and homework assignments between sessions;  
(2) How to enhance CSO motivation to implement CRAFT with their loved one;  
(3) How to do a functional analysis of the substance misuser’s problem behavior;  
(4) Domestic violence precautions;  
(5) Skills to teach CSO’s including: 

  • Communication skills training  
  • Judicious use of positive reinforcement  
  • Use of negative consequences for substance using behavior  
  • Enrichment of their own lives 
  • Effective ways to invite their loved one to attend treatment 

​​Who Should Attend? 

Any helping professional who has clients/patients with a family member abusing alcohol or drugs. Expertise in substance abuse treatment is not necessary. 

*For those interested in becoming a certified CRAFT Therapist, completion of this 2.5 day workshop is the first step in the process * 

​​​​​​Instructor: Robert J. Meyers, PhD 
Location: Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON​
Early Bird Cost: $499 +HST (=$563.87) by March 22, 2018
Regular Cost: $549 +HST (=$620.37) after March 22, 2018
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments on Days 1 & 2 and continental breakfast on Day 3  

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.77 USD (as of March 7, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 19, 2018 at 4pm

* Please Note: We are offering "Better than Usual" Group Rates for this workshop, for groups of 5 or more.  Groups can be made up of people from different agencies.
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Working with Family Members of Substance  Abusers: 
The CRAFT Approach

with Robert J. Meyers, PhD, Originator of CRAFT

April 23-25, 2018                        2.5 Day Workshop
9:00am-4:30pm on Apr 23-24  and 9:00am-12:00pm on Apr 25


1) The Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Premium rooms are $111.99, One-Bedroom Suites are $131.99 & Business Class Rooms are $126.99 plus applicable taxes.  The hotel also offers FREE local shuttle Mon-Fri, from 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, which can be booked to bring you back and forth to Bingemans Conference Centre (so long as drop off and pick up fall within these hours).  For booking instructions to use our corporate rate, please click here  

2) The Crowne Plaza Kitchener Waterloo is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Deluxe rooms are $129, Executive rooms are $139 & Junior Suites are $169 plus applicable taxes.  The hotel will also offer FREE shuttle service for Mission: Empowerment guests only, Mon-Fri, from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, which can be booked to bring you back and forth to Bingemans Conference Centre (so long as drop off and pick up fall within these hours).  *SHUTTLE SERVICE NEEDS TO BE BOOKED WHEN MAKING ROOM RESERVATIONS*. To book call Madhur Kanumuri at 519-569-4574 and ask for the Mission: Empowerment rate offer 2018.

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

About the Presenter

Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Research Associate Professor of Psychology who worked in the clinical research branch at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction for over 22 years. He is an internationally known speaker and trainer. The CRAFT program and Dr. Meyers were featured on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Addiction. Dr. Meyers’ innovative CRAFT program has also been featured in O, the Oprah magazine. 

Dr. Meyers is the winner of the 2002 Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation and the 2003 Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. He has been involved in more than a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network. He has published over 100 scientific articles and co-authored 5 books on addiction, including
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening and Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members. Recently, he co-authored Coming Home: A Warrior's Guide with Dr. William R. Miller. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for over 40 years. 

Directions to Venue
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- William  R.  Miller,  Ph.D


For decades it was believed that there was nothing one could do to help

substance abusing loved ones until they hit bottom, or that heavy-handed confrontational tactics were necessary. Bob Meyers has developed a remarkably effective and gentle method for working with family members and concerned significant others to help their ‘unmotivated’ loved ones get into treatment. It is no longer necessary to feel helpless and hopeless.”