Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #60
Community Reinforcement Approach and Community Reinforcement and Family Training
Saturday, May 29, 2010
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
103AB (CC)
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Thomas J. Waltz (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROBERT J. MEYERS (Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates)
Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. ( is a research associate professor of psychology working at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addicitons, and is in private practice and can be reached at Dr. Meyers is the winner of the 2002 Dan Anderson research award from the Hazelden Foundation, and the 2003 young investigator award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. He has published over 60 scientific articles and co-authored 5 books on addiction, including "Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening" and Motivation substance abusers to enter treatment: working with family members". Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 30 years and at the University of New Mexico for over 20.
Abstract: Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement and Family Training(CRAFT) are two empirically-supported behavioral substance abuse programs. While CRA is a treatment for the substance abusing individual, CRAFT is an intervention designed for the concerned significant others (CSOs) of treatment-refusing individuals with alcohol or drug problems. CRA has been evaluated in dozens of clinical trials, starting in 1973, and it continues to be examined internationally. The newer CRAFT program teaches CSOs how to influence substance abusing loved ones so that they seek treatment. Specifically, CRAFT shows CSOs how to change their behavior toward the drinker or drug user such that clean and sober behavior is rewarded and drinking and using behavior is discouraged. On average, CRAFT-trained CSOs can get their loved ones to enter treatment after only five CSO sessions. Both CRA and CRAFT are based on operant principles. Each program is built on the belief that a person’s “community” (family, friends, job, church, social activities) must reinforce and support a clean and sober lifestyle. This lecture will present the seminal studies that led to the development of CRA and CRAFT. Dr. Meyers also will discuss some of the clinical techniques that are instrumental in making these treatments successful.



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