New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Virtual: Incentives, Sanctions, Monitoring and Therapeutic Responses: The Practical Application of the Science of Behavior Change – How to Motivate Long-Term Change

  • January 13, 2022
  • 8:30 AM
  • January 14, 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom



A 12 hour training event with Shannon Carey, PhD and Helen Harberts, JD

January 13 & 14, 2022

8:30am-4pm daily

This training is for NH Drug Court Providers/Staff only. Please use code provided to register.

This training is geared toward whole teams training together.

PRESENTATION:  The science of behavior change is complex and knowing how and when to use sanctions, incentives and therapeutic responses effectively can be challenging. What are effective responses to behavior? How should responses to behavior, including incentives and sanctions, be delivered for maximum effect? This series of workshops will review the scientific principles of behavior change and provide extensive information on the practical application of these principles with physical distance guidelines in place (e.g., during the pandemic) and when in-person activities resume. These interactive sessions will: provide examples of meaningful incentives, sanctions and therapeutic responses, discuss how to prepare the judge with the information needed to have an effective conversation with participants, share videos of different judges delivering incentives, sanctions, monitoring and therapeutic responses in the courtroom and review scenarios of role dilemmas, staffing decisions and typical participant behavior for the audience to decide “What would you do?” 

Day 1 focuses on staffing including understanding addiction, participant engagement, tools for behavior change, a review of team member roles, information sharing, and examples of effective incentives, sanctions and therapeutic responses. A sample Staffing Form and Response Matrix that offer guidelines for selecting appropriate and fair individualized responses to behavior are also provided.

Day 2 focuses on court including the skill steps for effective delivery of incentives, sanctions, and therapeutic responses in the court room, developing rapport, adjusting to co-occurring disorders and trauma, fairness, and capitalizing on hope.


  1.  Gain knowledge of key research-based practices for behavior modification
  2. Learn what information is needed to determine what incentives and sanctions are most meaningful for participants and when therapeutic and monitoring responses are appropriate
  3.  Learn effective delivery of incentives and sanctions in the courtroom


Shannon M Carey, Ph.D., Co-President and Director of Development at NPC Research, has worked in the areas of criminal justice and substance abuse treatment for over 20 years, particularly in the area of treatment courts and cost analyses. Altogether, she has been involved in performing process, outcome and/or cost evaluations in over 300 adult, juvenile, family, reentry, DWI, veterans and federal treatment courts across the U.S. She also provides consulting and training in treatment courts operating in Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and England. Dr. Carey was involved with developing and writing the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards as well as the Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards and has assisted several states in writing their state specific standards for all types of treatment courts. She also assisted in developing treatment court certification processes as well as a peer review process that has been launched in several states where treatment court teams visit and give feedback and support to each other in implementing research-based best practices. Dr. Carey earned her Ph.D. from Portland State University in Systems Science and Applied Psychology. She is also a NADCP faculty member for the National Drug Court Institute and the National Center for DWI Courts.

Helen Harberts, M.A., J.D. has been working in criminal justice since 1983.  As a prosecutor, Ms. Harberts began as an entry level DA and rose to become the Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Criminal Division in Butte County, CA.   As a Chief Probation Officer (1995-2002) (sworn peace officer) over 5 years she implemented an adult drug court, juvenile drug court, DUI Court utilizing naltrexone, Domestic Violence Court, and Mentally Ill Offenders Court, all based on the problem solving court model. She implemented Police-Probation teams on school campuses (National award winner), a Peer Court, created a gang unit and directed a community based narcotics task force called BASS. After the stint in probation, she returned to her roots as a prosecuting attorney where she practiced law exclusively in problem solving courts for over 5 years.  She retired in 2011.    She popped out of retirement for 5 months in 2012-13, she served as the Interim Director of the Harris County (Texas) Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Houston. Ms. Harberts serves on the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute, National Center for DWI Courts, National Judicial College and others.   She conducts site visits and training on behalf of SAMHSA.  She participated in the creation of the 10 Guiding Principles of DWI Courts, the community supervision curriculum for the Practitioner’s training series for NADCP and was core faculty on several of the practitioner’s series trainings.  She has trained in all 50 states, and internationally. In 2013, Ms. Harberts was inducted into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame. It was the achievement of a professional lifetime.  

FEE:  Free for Drug Court Staff

12 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18 
CRSW Performance Domains6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & 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.


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.

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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