Contingency Management Therapy

Contingency Management Therapy as per the conception of Nancy Petry, Ph.D is the treatment model used by our professional staff at Advanced Human Services, Inc.

The main goal of Contingency Management Therapy is to encourage positive behaviour changes in persons with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders. The means promoted by Petry and her colleagues stem from the idea of systematic reinforcement. That is, acknowledging in a real world way the steps taken to embrace desired behaviours, such as abstinence, and applying negative consequences and even punitive measures for behaviours detrimental to progress and contributing to self harm.

An important aspect of CMT application is the contract, into which the client entered willingly. Within it the positive and negative reinforcement consequences are laid out, along with the goals of the client for themselves, highlighted behaviours for change and necessary steps for further progress.

For a more detailed explanation as to the conceptual and basic science foundations of CMT, please consult This link will lead you to an in depth article composed by Petry et al., titled Contingency Management.

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