Contingency Management: A First Line Intervention for Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorders

September 9, 2020


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Target Audience

The target audience for these trainings are community service providers and health professionals who would benefit from behavioral health education.


Contingency management approaches are based on principles of operant conditioning. According to this theoretical framework, a behavior that is reinforced, such as attendance at treatment, will increase in frequency. This presentation will focus on three different reinforcement approaches used to reinforce and strengthen desired patient/client behaviors. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify two psychosocial interventions that have shown efficacy in treating persons with a stimulant use disorder (cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine). 
  • Describe how contingency management programs can enhance treatment outcomes and facilitate patient recovery. 
  • Identify key behavioral terms, definitions, and principles underlying successful contingency programs. 
  • Describe three different reinforcement approaches used to reinforce and strengthen desired patient behavior.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/09/2020 - 2:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/09/2020 - 4:00pm CDT

Patricia (Pat) Stilen, MSW
Co-Director, Mid-America Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC)

Ms. Stilen, is a clinical social worker and Project Director in the Collaborative to Advance Health Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. Stilen has led the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center since 2000. As PI/Director of the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant & Postpartum Women and Their Families (2015-2017), she managed the development of a national curriculum, a web-based toolkit, and supported national training/technical assistance for direct care treatment providers. Prior to joining the ATTC, she directed substance use and mental health disorder treatment services; established addiction continuing education and college coursework for public and private organizations, including managed health care systems. Full biography.

Ms. Stilen indicates that she has no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose relevant to the content of this educational activity.

Accreditation Statements

  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

The information shared at this event is presented as an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Views expressed by speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual vendors, products or services.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 IBON


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Click here to register. There is not a cost to attend. 

For questions about registration, please contact Iowa State University by email or phone 515-294-6222.

For questions about program content, please email Kayla Sankey.