A Really Good Reason Why You Should Come To These Workshops: They won’t be $79 again. The fee will be $89 for the workshops I’ll be offering in Oct., Nov., and Dec. 

                                                  Here Are The Specifics For The Workshops:

**ALL workshops will be held at 2295 Parklake Dr., ATL, 30345. Enter the building under the 2295 numbers or you’ll get turned around and think you’re lost. The elevator, if you need it, is to your left. Some workshops are on the first floor. There is plenty of free and very convenient parking.

**The workshops WILL NOT BE IN ROOM #555.

**ALL workshops have a ‘working lunch’. You bring what you want to eat/drink, I keep teaching, and you’re out an hour earlier than if we took a 1 hour lunch break. We will have 2-15 minute breaks. There are vending machines (food/drink) on the first floor.

**This is so cool: there’s a Keurig machine! Bring your favorite flavor and YOUR OWN CUP and I’ll provide the condiments. There WILL be condiments. I won't forget them because I've put them in my office!

**If you need a refund: I will refund your payment minus $5.00 per each workshop you ask for a refund for.

**There is no charge to switch from one workshop to another.

**Please dress in layers. I can’t control the temperature like I can at the hotels.

**There is disability parking and a ramp and electric doors. Please let me know if you need this so I can tell you exactly where to park.

 ​                                                         Here Are The Workshops.

They Are Also Listed In Chronological Order At  The End Of This Page. 

1. The Challenge of Ethical Decision Making: How To Do The Right Thing When You Don’t Know What It Is

5 ceu/clock hrs. *This workshop meets the Licensing Board’s 5 hr. Ethics requirement. Counselors and Social Workers may choose to count this as Core hrs.


Essentially ethics is about morality and behaving with integrity. Remember from graduate school: ‘Do good and do no harm’?  At its core, ethics is about doing the right thing. The only problem is that so many times we just don’t know what the right thing to do is. The difference between what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong’ is affected by more factors than you might believe. Through the use of lecture, discussion, small group activities, and killer videos (one is from Oprah!), this workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn how to make difficult decisions when they’re faced with the challenge of discerning just what is in the best interest of the client.

This workshop is over for this block.

 *2. The Least Anxiety Producing Workshop On Anxiety You’ll Ever Attend 

 6 ceu/clock hrs.  6 core hrs. for Counselors and Social Workers; 6 related hrs. for LMFT’s


Remember the workshop I did last year called ‘The Least Depressing Workshop on Depression You’ll Ever Attend’?
This workshop is going to do for anxiety what that workshop did for depression: present facts, research, importance of understanding anxiety, types of anxiety, need/no need for medication, if medication is needed then what kind, and more. I’ve got some terrific information to share with you about what therapists must know to appropriately and helpfully treat clients suffering (yes, suffering) from anxiety and to help the client manage a potentially debilitating issue. Anxiety is associated with significant functional impairment and high direct and indirect costs.

  Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting close to 40 million adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), surpassing even depression. It's estimated that approximately 10 percent of teenagers and 40 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind. That’s about 18% of the population! However, only about one-third of those who struggle with anxiety receive treatment. One likely reason for this may be the stigma surrounding mental health. Due to this stigma, those who struggle with mental health concerns may lack social support, become isolated, and carry low self-esteem. The good news is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable. Attend to learn the newest research on how to help clients struggling with anxiety. The information will be presented through the use of lecture, videos, discussion, and small group activities.

Date, time, fee, and registration button:

Sun. Sept. 22, 9:00-3:30   $79      Room 145
Last time offered this block.


3. Effective Therapy for the Highly Sensitive Person

6 ceu/clock hrs.  6 core hrs. for Counselors and Social Workers; 6 related hrs. for LMFT’s


If you haven’t heard of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), there’s a good reason. The characteristics of an HSP are very often mistaken for a ‘condition’ or a ‘disease’ or a ‘disorder’ or a ‘personality flaw’ or a ‘syndrome’. The person is often labeled ‘neurotic’ or ‘hysterical’. Being a highly sensitive person (HSP) is not a disorder. In fact, it’s a completely normal and healthy thing to be. It’s very often misunderstood because only about 15-20 percent of the population are HSP’s.  So what is an HSP? It’s simple.  The definition of a highly sensitive person is someone who experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli. An HSP has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment. HSP’s are people with a sensitive nervous system who are deeply affected by the subtleties in their environment.

A highly sensitive person (HSP) experiences the world differently than others. Due to a biological difference that they’re born with, highly sensitive people are more aware of subtleties and process information deeply. This means they tend to be creative, insightful, and empathic, but it also means they’re more prone than others to feel stress and overwhelmed. An HSP basically over-feels everything.

Why do therapists need to understand HSP’s? So that treatment of whatever brings the HSP to therapy is designed appropriately. HSP isn’t a disorder or a condition, but rather a personality trait. A treatment plan for a person displaying a disorder would be different from the way therapy would work in helping someone achieve ‘running a trait’ and not letting the ‘trait run them’.

 HSPs who are chronically over-stimulated and feel incapable of exercising control over their environment may be at higher risk for developing feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and then depression.

Being highly sensitive is not a diagnosis. You’ll find no mention of it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM-V), which is the professional resource for diagnosing mental health concerns. Sensitivity, instead, is becoming increasingly recognized as a personality trait and as part of a person’s innate temperament, much like being naturally outgoing, reliable or independent.

I can’t stress enough how important having correct information about HSP’s is. I’d like to give you just one personal example that I hope will drive home my point.

I’m an HSP. One of the many descriptors of an HSP is a high startle reflex. When I lived in AZ I went to a doctor about a horrible sinus infection. He was a very fast paced guy, the kind of doctor where you talk to his back because he’s always trying to hurry everything along. He did something I wasn’t expecting and I jumped like a frog on speed. Guess what he said? ‘People who startle as easily as you do have most often been abused as children. You might want to see a counselor about that.’ Because I am a therapist, I know he was dead wrong, but what if I weren’t a therapist? What if I took him at his word and got into therapy about something that never happened? I’m going to give you dozens of examples of how misunderstand an HSP can lead to horrible outcomes.

I better stop. I’ll end up doing the workshop in the description. Obviously I feel very strongly about the need for therapists to know more about HSP’s. I hope you’ll attend so you can be an advocate for HSP’s. Information will be presented through the use of lecture, discussion, small group activities, and videos.

Dates, times, fee, and registration buttons:

Fri. Sept. 27    9:00-3:30    $79     Room # 475
Last time for this block.

4. Working With Older Clients: What Therapists Have to Know About an Ever-expanding and Underserved Population

6 ceu/clock hrs.  6 core hrs. for Counselors and Social Workers; 6 related hrs. for LMFT’s

​People 65 years old and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. By 2030, older adults will account for 20 percent of our nation's people, up from 13 percent in 2008. Despite the broad range of exciting opportunities for practice with older adults, not enough therapists exist to keep pace with the increasing demand for psychological services nor do enough therapists understand the many facets related to age increase. Mental health and well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life.

This workshop will provide information that therapists need to know to be of the most help to the aging population. I hesitate to use certain words such as 'senior' or 'elderly or 'old'. These mean different things to different people, but will use them in the context of the information I've researched. I also hesitate to use particular numbers, but will use them in the context of the information I've researched. As many of us have experienced, you can join AARP at 50, some of us get into a movie cheaper when we're 55, some at 60, some at 65. I now qualify for a 'senior' discount on my sweet tea at Chick Fil A, but when I asked what age they used to determine the discount, no one seemed to know. I'm hoping it's not by looks or I'll be saving up for Botox.

The following are areas we’ll be addressing in this workshop. The information will be presented through the use of lecture, videos, discussion, and small group activities.

 - Clinical Issues

- Professional issues and education

- Common Presenting Issues

 -Psychological disorders 

 -Types of counseling 

 -Reducing Barriers to Counseling Services

 -Debunking 5 harmful myths about this population

 -Key mental health concepts and disorders

 -Treatment approaches for working with older adults.

 -Risk factors for mental health problems among older adults

Dates, times, fee, and registration buttons:

​Sat. Sept. 28    9:00-3:30    $79     Room # 475

Last time for this block.


Here’s my contact information. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you find any mistakes or typos.

Dr. Karen McCleskey, LPC
2295 Parklake Dr., Ste. # 555
Atlanta, GA  30345
Text: 404-754-2677   *I do not have voice mail. If we need to talk, it’s very simple: just text me or email me your name and phone number and a good time for me to call you. You must put your name or I won’t be able to return your call.

Dr. Karen McCleskey Workshops, Inc. provider # 6489, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is responsible for all aspects of the program.                                                 
TX PAP LPC 1452;   TX PAP SW 5915


                            SEE SPECIFIC ROOM # BY EACH WORKSHOP.



 Sun. Sept. 22     Anxiety  9-3:30    Room 145

 Fri. Sept. 27       Highly Sensitive Person   9-3:30   Room 475

 Sat. Sept. 28     Working With the 'Older Adult' Population     9-3:30    Room 475

Please let me know if you find any mistakes or typos. Thanks!!!

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Special reminder: all workshops start at 9:00. The door closes at 9:15 and there will be a sign on the door that says 'Workshop Has Begun. No Admittance'. If this sign is there, please do not try to enter the room. Please, please arrive on time so that neither of us is put in an awkward situation and so the board doesn't come down on me. Thanks!

Please read the following info. thoroughly. I've made some very significant changes and it's important for you to know them and how they'll affect decisions you'll be making.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Also, please let me know if you find any errors or mistakes in all this. 

                     2019 Workshops

​          July, August, and September

*Please Remember My Promise: 

*ANYTHING you purchase from me comes with my personal guarantee: you don't like it, let me know, and I refund all your money. It's that simple. You can even keep whatever it was you bought. And, you don't have to justify your request. If you're not satisfied with something I provide, you shouldn't have to pay for it. Period. I just appreciate that you purchased something from me and I truly want you to be completely satisfied.

*This refers to my workshops, books, downloads, cd's, forms, consultation, on-line courses...basically anything you buy from me. 

I'll bet you're wondering why there are only 3 workshops in addition to the 'always offered' Ethics workshop. The answer is that I'm tired of the stress of preparing workshops and of having the energy sucked out of me when preparing them.  So, I've limited the number of them I'm doing. Please note that I will not up the charge for my workshops. Will I make less money? It's possible, but worth the risk. Will I keep my sanity and put taking care of me first? Absolutely. I'm going to explain my new way to offer workshops and I think you're going to love it. It's going to save you time and money. If you have any questions at all about what I'm doing, please contact me. O.K., here goes:

5 hr. Ethics workshop                 Hours needed to renew license = 35, 5 of which are Ethics. That leaves 30 hrs.

3-6 hr. Workshops                       30 hrs. -18 hrs. ( 6X3) = 12 hrs. still needed to renew. How do you get the 12? Check out                                                                    below

                           1. Take FULL advantage of the 10 hrs. we can take on-line. This is probably the best thing the                                                           the licensing Board has ever done to help us out with getting our hours. Why do  this?                                                                        Because  getting up to 10 hrs. on-line keeps you from having to travel and incur the                                                                         expenses that go  with that. On-line courses are less expensive than 'live' workshops. Yes, I                                                             want you to take mine. I think you'll find them priced significantly less than others that are                                                               out there, they're easy to navigate, they come with my guarantee (see end of page), and                                                                   from the feedback I've gotten, they're good courses. 

                            2. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE I'M BEGGING YOU: Use the 5 Independent Study hrs. we are                                                                   allowed to have. Independent Study hrs. can be anything YOU PICK as long as they are                                                                     related to our profession. EX's: read books, chapters in books, articles, watch TED Talks,                                                                   or other videos, listen to audios, give a talk or presentation. The list is endless. If you're not                                                             sure if something  counts as Independent Study, contact me and we'll figure it out.                                                                             One last thing:  NEVER PAY FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY MATERIALS unless you want to. 

                           3. Now  use the 10 hour max on-line course option or use the 5 hour max on independent study option                                       or mix them up in any combination you want so that you get 12 hrs.

                           4. KEEP IN MIND THE BOARD RULE THAT DRIVES PEOPLE CRAZY: THE CORE HRS. VS. THE                                                                 RELATED HRS. Here it is: you must have at least 15 CORE hrs. (you can have more than that if you                                                           want. You can have all core if you want) and you can't have more than 15 RELATED hrs. When                                                         you read the info. on a workshop you're interested in attending, be sure that you see the                                                                 word  CORE in it and what group it's CORE for. If you don't, but still want to take it, then it will                                                         count as related hrs. It's possible it's CORE for only one licensure group. Be sure to read the                                                            'fine print' about approvals.