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.

(412) 219-4188 kenneth.montrose@gatewayrehab.org


Spring 2024 Live Training Series:

  • $40/training
  • All trainings 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Ethics in the Helping Professions

Higher Power/Higher Purpose

Professional Empowering, Enabling, & Disabling

Anger and Addiction

Forgiveness in Recovery

Changing Addictive Thinking

Training Sites




212 Outlet Way, Suite 1

Greensburg, PA 15601

Wexford, PA 15090



Accredited or Accepted by:

  • Connecticut Certification Board (Approved Provider)
  • Florida Certification Board, Provider #5125-A
  • Missouri Credentialing Board, Provider #109
  • Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Provider #2024135
  • Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, Provider #1824-10
  • Greenbriar is an approved provider for both NAADAC #85689 and NBCC #6352

NOTE: The Pennsylvania Certification Board no longer requires pre-approval for courses and will accept these hours.


All training sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, EST.

Course Descriptions

Ethics in the Helping Profession explores why good counselors go bad, why you shouldn't use a stock tip you got from a client, and why dinner with your client's cousin is a bad idea. It also reviews an ethical code, the importance of setting appropriate boundaries, and the basic ethical principles governing the helping professions.

Higher Power/Higher purpose focuses on helping people actively pursue a higher power, or pick a higher purpose that is meaningful and furthers their recovery. Higher Power/Higher Purpose suggests professionals encourage clients to pick a Higher Power that is knowledgeable, available, and loving. This training further suggests picking higher purpose that is worthwhile, concrete, and involves others.

Professional Empowering, Enabling, and Disabling will discuss holding people responsible for that which they have control over, tracing relapses back to their source, and allowing people to feel the natural consequences of their actions. Participants will be asked to look at their own values and issues when deciding how to deal with their clients. The importance of case-management will be stressed, but with a caveat about setting appropriate limits on helping someone.

Anger and Addiction looks at how anger contributes to relapse. This training discusses AA’s warnings about resentment, and how anger can be an addiction. It discusses anger, especially when combined with alcohol’s disinhibitory properties, can be a ‘gateway drug.’

Forgiveness in Recovery looks at the role of forgiveness in recovery. This training considers when forgiving oneself/others is appropriate and explores realistic expectations of forgiveness from others. Forgiveness in Recovery focuses on the client’s lack of control over others’ behavior.

Changing Addictive Thinking explores how irrational thinking sabotages recovery, and how AA/NA slogans can be used to combat cognitive distortions. It also looks at ways slogans can be misused, e.g. ‘easy does it’ does not mean do very little and wait for recovery to happen on its own.


Contact Ken Montrose at kenneth.montrose@gatewayrehab.org or 412.219.4188