New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Virtual: Designing Contingency Management with Fidelity

  • April 15, 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Remote via Zoom
  • 0


A 6 hour training event with Carla J. Rash, Ph.D.

April 15 & 16, 2021

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (daily)


This training is funded by a NH DOJ DCATT grant and by the New England ATTC.

  This training is remote only!

PRESENTATION:  Contingency management (CM) is an effective behavioral intervention that provides tangible reinforcement when target behaviors are completed and objectively verified. A large body of literature supports CM’s use for the treatment of persons with substance use disorders (SUDs). For example, a meta-analysis of psychological treatments for SUDs found that contingency management had the largest effect size (Dutra et al., 2008) and a recent comprehensive review highlights its diverse applications (Rash, Stitzer, & Weinstock, 2017). Many applications of CM in treating SUDs focus on abstinence, providing monetary rewards or prizes when clients provide objective evidence of abstinence from drugs (e.g., urine samples). Contingency management has also been adapted successfully to reinforce other behaviors, including treatment attendance, medication adherence, and treatment-related activities (e.g., submitting job applications, attending medical appointments). Despite this strong empirical foundation, CM has only been widely disseminated within large self-contained healthcare systems, namely the Veterans Affairs.

In this workshop, we will review the application of CM to promote positive behavior change in substance use disorder treatment settings. Attendees will learn how to design and implement an effective CM program. Specifically, we will describe 1) the theoretical underpinnings and supporting empirical literature, 2) different types of CM programs (i.e., voucher, prize), 3) effective design features, 4) most common deviations from evidence-based protocols and how to avoid them, 5) common barriers, and 6) strategies for designing your own protocol. As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe CM’s foundational principles and the supporting empirical literature;
  • List differences in types of CM programs;
  • Describe effective features of CM Interventions and reinforcement schedules; and
  • List common deviations from evidence-based protocols and how to avoid them.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Rash is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at UConn Health School of Medicine. She specializes in addictions research, with expertise in contingency management interventions. She was involved in the national roll-out of CM in the Veterans Affairs programs and regularly consults on CM design.

Registration Fee:    Only open to NH Drug Court Providers. No cost.  For registration information contact:

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains:  To be determined
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence:   3, 6, 7, 9-13, 15-18
CRSW Performance Domains:   3, 4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category A) & Psychologist (Category A)  
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Only one registrant per form. For multiple registrants, you must register each one individually. Thank you!

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-DC-BX-0017 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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