Contingency Management in General Treatment Populations and Special Groups (1 CME)

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Contingency management (CM) is a powerful treatment approach which is underutilized in community treatment but forms the basis of some of the most successful treatment approaches in special populations such as physicians and drug courts. This workshop will draw on the successes of CM methods in these special populations while exploring barriers to CM use in general treatment populations. Contents and Methods: (1) Background. David Lott will present background information including an overview of the behavioral principles that guide CM approaches, a synopsis of the large body of CM research demonstrating its effectiveness, and highlights of experiences with CM methods in various settings. (2) Special Populations. Danesh Alam will describe treatment in physician health programs with monitoring and high success rates, make connections to the CM theoretical principles, and draw conclusions for improving use of these same principles in other treatment settings. (3) Implementing a CM Program in community treatment. David Lott will describe the process of choosing a CM approach and starting it in the adolescent treatment program at Linden Oaks Addiction Treatment Programs and present data showing the impact of this CM program on financial, staff, and patient outcomes. (4) Questions and Discussion. This session will provide valuable training by helping participants learn a powerful but underutilized treatment approach. Through didactics and discussion, attendees will learn the rationale and methods of contingency management and address the challenges often faced during implementation of a CM program.

David C. Lott


Dr. Lott is Medical Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks at Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare in Naperville, Illinois where he is an active clinician and helps direct residential, inpatient, and other treatment services. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and remains active in research and teaching residents and other trainees. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine and currently serves as Treasurer of the Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He then completed a residency in Psychiatry at The University of Chicago and a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at The University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has published several research articles in areas including opioid addiction, genetics, and contingency management. Finally, Dr. Lott is a past recipient of the ASAM Ruth Fox Endowment Fund Scholarship and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award.

Danesh Alam


Danesh Alam, MD, DFAPA, FASAM is the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital.


Session Recording
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This session was recorded on 4/8/2017 in New Orleans, LA.
CME Quiz
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CME Credit and Certificate
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1 CME Credits