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Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments Training

Now accepting applications for 2023! Apply by December 16, 2022


NDCI, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, developed a training program based on Standard IV of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards: Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments (ISTA). The ISTA training is designed to provide knowledge and skills practice in the creation and/or improvement of an existing treatment court’s incentives, sanctions, and therapeutic adjustments behavior modification program. The overall purpose of the training is to help treatment court teams coordinate an effective, research-based strategy and have an integrated response to participant behaviors and compliance using incentives, sanctions, and therapeutic adjustments.

This training is a two-day program designed to educate an interdisciplinary team in the theory and application of behavior modification as it applies to an effective adult drug treatment court. The ISTA training will challenge seasoned court teams to self-assess and receive assistance with taking corrective steps to improve policy, practice, and outcomes. Training includes a 90-day follow-up by faculty in the form of a virtual or in-person faculty coaching session to observe staff meetings and status hearings, and to provide feedback on progress with implementation plans developed during the training. The 90-day follow-up is a mandatory component of the training.

The training may be conducted in person (dependent on travel restrictions) or virtually using Zoom. If conducted virtually, breakout sessions will use a combination of screen sharing, Word documents, and Microsoft OneDrive document access to allow attendees to engage in the practice of critical staffing skills through role play and the development of implementation plans conducted with facilitators in real time.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for full treatment court teams. Because the workshop is highly interactive and focuses on group decision making and consensus building, best outcomes occur with the attendance of core team members. Because of this, NDCI requires the attendance of the following members of the treatment court team:

  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Court coordinator
  • Treatment provider
  • Community supervision/probation
  • Defense attorney
  • Law enforcement officer – strongly recommended

Without these core team members, it is unlikely that your team will be accepted.

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 16, 2022.

2023 Available Training Dates

Training requires two full days, starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding by 5:00 p.m. local time. The 2023 ISTA training schedule is as follows:

In person:

  • February 1-2 (Central)
  • March 22-23 (Mountain)
  • May 10-11 (Central)
  • August 16-17 (Eastern)
  • September 13-14 (Central)
  • October 4-5 (Pacific)


  • February 28-March 1 (Mountain)
  • May 17-18 (Eastern)
  • July 26-27 (Pacific)
  • November 8-9 (Mountain)

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