About the Trainer

Ken Montrose is Greenbriar's Training & Publications Director. For more than 30 years he has provided counseling to people coping with mental illness and substance abuse. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and workbooks on addiction and mental illness.

(724) 993-4581 kmontrose@greenbriar.net

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Covid Precautions

Due to the risk of infection, we ask that you wear a mask during the trainings. We will limit the number of participants to allow for social distancing

Webinar Wednesdays

Starting in August of 2022, we will offer a series of three hour webinars at $35/training.


Trainings in this series are approved or accepted by:

  • Pa. Certification Board for addiction counselors
  • Pitt School of Social Work for Pennsylvania social workers/LPCs/LMFTs
  • NAADAC #85689 (Accepted by: AK, IN, KY, ND, OR, SC, TN, UT, WV, WI, WY)
  • NBCC #6352 (Accepted by: HI)
8/1O ETHICS IN HELPING PROFESSIONS
"Ethics in the Helping Professions" explores the basic principles of ethical codes.

Participants should be able to explain the reasoning behind ethical codes, and identify pressures to violate them. We will focus on why good counselors 'go bad.'

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8/17 STANDING ON THE SAME STEP
(Stages of Recovery)
"Standing on the Same Step: Meeting clients where they are & helping them move ahead" provides a brief overview to Prochaska & DiClemente's stage theory, and how it applies to dually diagnosed clients. This introductory training also discusses treatment strategies and relapse prevention. A sampling of group exercises is included in the text.

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8/31 SUICIDE, VIOLENCE, MENTAL ILLNESS, & ADDICTION
This training alerts professionals to the connection between violence, suicide, mental illness, and/or addiction. You will be given information on spotting and preventing violence and suicide among MI/SA consumers. The cycles of violence and suicide attempts will be discussed with an eye on how to intervene at each stage.

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9/14 VIOLENCE AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
This training is the follow-up to “Suicide, Violence, Mental Illness, and Addiction.” It teaches professionals to assess the potential for violence, prevent violence, assess workplace safety (procedure/physical plant), and deal with crises that may occur.

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9/28 MEDICATIONS & 12 STEP RECOVERY
This training defines abstinence for people taking medications. It also discusses 12 Step programs' official stance on medications. Taking medications is re-framed as a contract, with certain obligations for the person recovering from mental illness and substance abuse. The training concludes with a discussion of commonly prescribed medications.

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10/5 MOOD DISORDERS & ADDICTION
This training describes the DSM-V criteria for the major mood disorders, and for substance use disorders. We will cover treatment options, stressing both issues should be treated at the same time, in the same place if possible. We will also consider the connections between depression, addiction, and suicide.

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10/12 SCHIZOPHRENIA/OTHER PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS AND ADDICTION
The purpose of this workshop is to teach professionals how to help clients recover from both psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and from substance use disorders. We will focus on difficulties people coping with schizophrenia may experience when using Twelve Step programs/principles to recover.

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11/2 TRAUMA, MENTAL ILLNESS, & ADDICTION
This training explores the connections between trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Based on SAMHSA's TIP 57, it explores the impact of trauma, looks at screening procedures, and argues for trauma informed care. Treatment options are explored, with suggestions for organizations wanting to provide trauma informed care.
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11/16 HELPING CLIENTS IN EARLY RECOVERY
This training prepares professionals for dealing with the frustrations clients may face in the first year of recovery. This training shows professionals how to help clients move from denial through of the first five steps of AA/NA. Each participant receives the 167 page workbook "Hauling it to the Curb: Cleaning up your life in early recovery."

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