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1.5-Day MST-SA Training

All new MST-SA therapists, supervisors, and selected other MST-SA program staff receive one-and-a-half days of training to be introduced to the Contingency Management techniques used in the MST-SA treatment model. The training includes didactic teaching, role-playing and other exercises designed to develop skills used in the treatment process. This orientation is designed to prepare MST-SA teams to begin using Contingency Management techniques with youth and their families, within the context of MST-SA.

For a copy of the MST-SA Training Agenda, click here.

Attendance requirements:

  • All registrants must be part of a licensed MST team and have previously attended a 5-day MST Orientation Training. In addition, all registrants must be registered on the MST Institute (MSTI) website and must be pre-approved to attend the training from their MST Consultant/Expert prior to registering.
  • Any additional persons attending must be approved 14 days in advance of the first day of training by the MST Services Coordinator.
  • Waiting lists may be maintained for each training, but must be cleared 14 days prior to the first day of training. Clearing includes either filling unconfirmed reservations or reassigning the waiting trainee to the next available training.

To register for a training:

To register for a 1.5 Day MST-SA training, please find a list of available locations on the right side of this page and click on the dates you wish to attend.

Please note that all registrants for the 1.5 Day MST-SA Training must be a part of a licensed MST team. See attendance requirements above. For information on how to become licensed, please contact Keller Strother at

The goals of the training are as follows:

This training introduces the knowledge base and processes needed to implement Contingency Management and the skills and competencies MST therapists need for such implementation. The objectives of the 1.5 day MST-SA Orientation Training program are:

  1. To familiarize therapists with how to help substance abusing youths and their caregivers identify the combination of people, places, and things (including feelings and thoughts) that lead the youth to use drugs/alcohol.
  2. To familiarize therapists with how to train the youth and family to identify people, places, and things that are more satisfying or rewarding to the youth than drug use.
  3. To learn how to help the caregivers learn to detect drug use in an objective and measurable way.
  4. To teach therapists how to train caregivers to deliver rewards when the youth has not used drugs and to deliver consequences when drug use is detected.
  5. To teach therapists to help families develop family drug management plans to work with their youths to develop drug refusal skills to facilitate abstinence.
  6. To teach therapists how to integrate CM within the broader context of MST.

Training reservations & cancellations:

  • Program sites anticipating hiring of new staff may reserve slots in advance for a training that best fits with the hiring schedule.
  • As personnel are hired, the program site manager must assure that the Trainee is properly registered on the MSTI website and on the training website. The MSTI website will serve to verify the eligibility of the trainee.
  • As trainees are formally registered, advance preparation material will be shipped directly to the trainee or to the person designated on the registration form. Trainees are expected to read all suggested readings in advance of training. Trainees cancelling after materials have been shipped are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
  • Trainees cancelling within seven days are subject to a $50 cancellation fee (if materials have not been shipped).
  • Reserved slots not confirmed within 10 days of the first day of training are subject to cancellation.
  • Due to potential low enrollment, training sites reserve the right to cancel trainings no later than two weeks prior to the training start date. Before making any travel arrangements, confirm your training has not been cancelled by contacting the contact person listed for the location in which you are planning to attend. If a training is cancelled, the training coordinator will assist in finding the next available training.




For a list of available 1.5-Day MST-SA Training locations/dates and to register, please CLICK HERE.