Intensive Training Programs in CRA, A-CRA, and CRAFT


The Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates (RJM) Intensive Training Programs in Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) are described below.


Our Intensive Training Programs are designed to help providers learn and sustain an evidenced-based treatment, while maintaining fidelity with the models. 


Dr. William R. Miller on Dr. Robert J. Meyers

Dr. Meyers’ colleague, William Miller, describes him thus:  Bob Meyers has made exemplary contributions to knowledge about the treatment of substance abuse and dependence, overseeing two decades of programmatic research to develop, refine, adapt, test and disseminate CRAFT.  Bob is an exceptional human being and colleague. He is a superb clinical teacher who garners top marks from audiences ranging from counselors in recovery to doctoral-level health professionals. Dr. Meyers brings extraordinary energy, compassion, depth and humanity to his research, treatment and trainings.






Onsite training is provided by Dr. Meyers (unless otherwise indicated and agreed upon). The cost of the 2-day training is $14,000*.  Airfare, lodging and food will be the trainer’s responsibility (i.e., will be covered by the $14,000). The sponsoring agency/program also must provide the following:

·      Rides to/from the airport for Dr. Meyers.

·      Rides to/from the venue for Dr. Meyers (if needed). 

·      A computer/projector set up for the powerpoint presentation.

·      A sound system for playing videos (on thumb drives).

·      A lapel microphone.

·      Copies of handouts for the presentation.


Dr. Meyers will send the powerpoint presentation and the forms in advance electronically so that the agency/program can install them on their computer. And hand them out to the therapists.


All participants completing the training can receive a certificate of attendance. Availability of CEUs will depend on the state’s requirements for CEU providers.


*All trainings outside the USA will have an extra charge for travel expenses.


Therapist Certification


A therapist must attend an initial 2-day training of the treatment (CRA, A-CRA, or CRAFT) in order to be eligible to move on to certification for that particular treatment.



The expert coders will send therapists 2-3 written pages of feedback on each submitted tape in an effort to help therapists improve their skills and to move them toward passing each procedure.


Therapists can use as many different clients as they wish to become certified. Although most therapists submit tapes of individual therapy sessions, tapes of group sessions are allowed as well.


Coding cost $75.00 per hour pro-rated.  Or $37.50 for 30 minutes.



Conference calls cost $150.00 per hour. There is no limit to the number of therapists or supervisors allowed on these calls.




Coder Certification


With the additional training of coders, agencies/programs can accomplish the important goal of sustainability.


A therapist who is interested in becoming a certified CRA, A-CRA or CRAFT coder first must become a certified therapist (see requirements above) in the desired treatment.






Each RJM & Associates member has been trained extensively in coding therapy tapes and utilizes comprehensive coding manuals that were created for each protocol.