Anx. Sat.  5/18 @ 2295












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. 

Special reminder: all workshops start at 9:30. The door closes at 9:45 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.

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.

7 hr. Workshop                            30 hrs. -21 hrs. ( 7X3) = 9 hrs. still needed to renew.  How do you get the 9? Check out options                                                          below

7 hr. Workshop                            1. Take FULL advantage of the 10 hrs. we can take on-line. This is probably the best thing the  7 hr. Workshop                              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 max on-line course option or use the 5 hr. Independent Study option and                                                           take 5 hrs. on-line. or mix them up in any combination you want.

                                                        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 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.


                 The Specifics:

Keep scrolling down to see the list of workshops and information about them under the heading:     Workshop Descriptions

                 The information starts right after the NBCC logo.

Eth. Sat. 5/25@ CMPC


    Fri. Mar. 22         HSP              2295,  Room # 564

    Sat. Mar. 23       Older            2295,  Room # 564 

    Fri. Mar. 29        Ethics            2295

    Fri. Apr. 12        Anxiety          2295

    Sat. Apr. 13       HSP               2295

    Sat. Apr. 20       Older             CMPC

    Fri. Apr. 26        Ethics             2295

    Sat. May 4         HSP               CMPC

    Fri. May 10        Older              CMPC

    Sat. May 18      Anxiety            2295

    Fri. May 24       Older               CMPC

    Sat. May 25      Ethics              CMPC

    Fri. May 31       Anxiety            CMPC

    Fri. June 7        HSP                 2295

HSP Fri. 6/7 @ 2295

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                     2019 Workshops

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*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...basically anything you buy from me. 

Older Fri. 5/24 @ CMPC

Anx. Fri. 5/31 @ CMPC

Another Way to View The Workshops

Chronological Order

*Ethics always 9:30-3:00 and all others always 9:30-5:00















Locations:  2295 = 2295 Parklake Dr. Atlanta 30345   (my office building)  See 'Office Location' tab.

                    CMPC = Courtyard Marriott Perimeter Center, 6250 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta 30328; 

                     770-313-1000. It is behind the LaQuinta and is the one that gives us free water. 

Times: All workshops except Ethics: 9:30-5:00; Ethics workshops are 9:30-3:00.

CEU's: All workshops except Ethics are 7 ceu's;  Ethics is 5 ceu's and meets the Board's Ethics requirement.

ALL workshops have a working lunch. You eat the lunch you bring with you and I keep teaching while you eat. You MUST remain in the bldg. during lunch. If you leave, you won't be able to return to the workshop.

All workshops are $99. If you're a no-show I'll refund your payment minus $5.00.

If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, I'll refund your payment minus $5.00.

Approvals:   NBCC ACEP # 6489; TX PAP LPC # 1482; TX PAP SW # 5915. 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. 





Workshop Descriptions:


# 1: **Therapist Self-Care As An Ethical Mandate.    

5 CEU's;  Meets Board's  Ethics Requirement.  LPC's, SW's, and LMFT's can take this course because we have a composite board:  Ethics Is Ethics. 


“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”      Eleanor Brown

 Definition of Mandate: ‘An official order or commission to do something.’

If you take a look at the ACA Code of Ethics, Section C, Personal Responsibility, Introduction you’ll see this:

‘… counselors engage in self-care activities to maintain and promote their own emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to best meet their professional responsibilities.’

If you take a look at the NASW Code of Ethics, you’ll see this:

‘…self care is an ethical obligation, implicitly required by Standard 1.01 and other ethical obligations to which we aspire.’
Gerald Corey (the guy who wrote the ‘Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy’ book we used in grad. school.) said the following:

 “Self-care as an ethical mandate is emphasized, as is taking active steps to acquire and maintain wellness in all aspects of living.”  If Gerald Corey says it, we might want to pay attention to it.   

So taking care of ourselves as therapists is mandated by our codes of ethics? What does this mean? It means that when we don’t take care of ourselves, we’re being unethical.

 This workshop is going to focus on how we can take the best  possible care of ourselves by looking at ourselves, our choices, and our behaviors in 7 areas:








We’ll also be examining how to NOT care of ourselves in those areas.

Here’s the bottom line: self care is what keeps therapists from putting clients at risk because of any impairment.

Remember the first thing we got taught in grad school?  Do no harm. This workshop will not help you do no harm. We all know therapists who don’t care if they do harm to their clients or not, whether intentionally or unintentionally. But I believe the vast majority of therapists want to do no harm and want to make good choices about self care.  This workshop will help you do that in ways you’ve probably never thought about.

Trust me, this is not going to be your typical run of the mill ‘Self-care of Therapists’ workshop. An Ethics workshop where you feel like your time and your money were well spent and you had fun, too? Is that even possible? Yeah, it is. Come to one of my Ethics workshop and you’ll see.
 ​Dates, locations, and registration buttons: 

​​# 2: **Highly Sensitive People: How to Work With a Very Unique Population.   

 7 *Core CEU's  for LPC's and for SW's; Related 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’. Additionally, 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 our 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. 

Dates, locations, and registration buttons: 



# 3: **The Least Anxiety Provoking Workshop on Anxiety You'll Ever Attend.

7 *Core CEU's for LPC's and for SW's; Related for LMFT's. 


Remember the workshop: 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 new is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

Treatments have been largely developed through research conducted by NIMH and other research institutions. They help many people with anxiety disorders and often combine medication and specific types of psychotherapy.

According to the DSM-5, anxiety disorders comprise the following conditions: panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), separation anxiety disorder, and selective mutism. focus on the anxiety disorders in adults, selective mutism will not be reviewed and separation anxiety disorder will be considered insofar as it pertains to adults. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder have close relationships with many anxiety disorders, but in the DSM-5 they are classified elsewhere.

                     Here are some specific things we’ll address:

Anxiety disorders are often unrecognized or misdiagnosed at the primary point of contact with health care providers and are often complicated by depressive or substance use disorders.

 Panic disorder is common in primary care, specialized medical settings, and hospital emergency departments and requires a thorough diagnostic workup to check for the presence of underlying medical conditions.

 Agoraphobia is conceptually independent from panic disorder; when its sufferers become homebound, agoraphobia is incapacitating.

 Social anxiety disorder is arguably the most disabling anxiety disorder, with its frequent complications further contributing. 

 Specific phobia is a heterogeneous diagnosis; avoidance is the main coping mechanism that often prevents the sufferers from seeking professional help.

 Generalized anxiety disorder has a close relationship with depression and should be better conceptualized so that it could be readily recognized and treated.

 Adult separation anxiety disorder needs to be more clearly delineated from other psychopathology.

 Pharmacological and psychological treatments, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, have improved the outcomes for anxiety disorders, but there is a need to further refine treatments.

I hope you’ll attend this workshop so as to be the most helpful therapist possible in working with clients with anxiety (which in my opinion appears in some shape, form or fashion, in every client we see.)

Dates, locations, and registration button:


​​# 4: **Growing Older: What Every Therapist Must Know About An Ever-Expanding Population. 

(Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64?  Fun fact: Paul McCartney wrote that song when he was 16.....)

7 *Core CEU's  for LPC's and for SW's; Related 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. There are several risk factors for mental health problems among older adults.

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, some of us get in to 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.

Please don't get overwhelmed when you read the list of things I feel are critical for us to cover in this workshop. I swear I'll make it as painless as possible, with several dashes of humor thrown in.  Each item will be accompanied by current information related to the item.

Here's the list:

Clinical Issues, Professional Issues and Education, Common Presenting Concerns and Psychological Disorders, Presenting Issues, Psychological Disorders, Types of Counseling, Adaptations to the Counseling Process, Reducing Barriers to Counseling Services, Key Mental Health Concepts, Trends, Disorders, and Clinical Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Working with Older Adults.

In order to provide a workshop I feel good about sharing with you, I feel I must also include current and relevant information to commonly occurring mental health concerns within the aging population, including cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, sexual disorders, sleep disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, and marital/family conflict. 

Additionally, we'll be debunking 5 damaging myths about this population.

Whether you work with this population or not, I believe you will find the information helpful in many other areas such as clients' family members, friends, not to mention our own family members, friends, and eventually ourselves. Yes, there are ways to plan for what aging brings and we'll talk about them briefly at the end of the workshop.