Karen McCleskey

 A Really Good Reason Why You Should Come To These Workshops:  $79. Yeah, I know I said they'd go up to $89 for this block, but I realized these months have extra expenses to them. The fee will go up for the workshops I’ll be offering in 2020 to $99 which is the fee it's been for over 10 years.

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                          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. I’ll also be providing light refreshments. (I promise I’ll remember this time…)

**There was a microwave, but it’s disappeared. I’ll check with the property manager and see if she knows anything about it. If she can’t find it, I’ll bring one.

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

**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.

                        The Workshops In Chronological Order:

*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’s right or wrong.

LOCATION: 2295 Parklake Dr., ATL. 30345, Room #’s

Dates, times, fee, and registration buttons:

 Sat. Dec.  14     9:00-2:30    $79     Room 564

  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.                                        

*3. Effective Therapy for the Highly Sensitive Person 

6 ceu/clock hrs.  6 core hrs. for Counselors 


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.

LOCATION: 2295 Parklake Dr., ATL, 30345   Room #

Dates, times, fee, and registration buttons:


*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 


 ​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


LOCATION: 2295 Parklake Dr., ATL, 30345  Room #

Dates, times, fee, and registration buttons:

Fri. Dec. 13     9:00-3:30    $79    Room  564 

*2. The Least Anxiety Producing Workshop On Anxiety You’ll Ever Attend 
 6 ceu/clock hrs.  6 core hrs. for Counselors 


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.


LOCATION: 2295 Parklake Dr., ATL, 30345  Room #

Date, time, fee, and registration button:

October, November, and December, 2019 Workshops  

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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.

E-mail: karen@drkarenmccleskey.com


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Sat. Oct. 26    Ethics    DONE

Fri. Nov. 1      Anxiety  DONE

Fri. Nov. 15    Highly Sensitive Person   DONE   

Sat. Nov. 16   Older Adult Clients   DONE

Fri. Nov. 22    Ethics      DONE

Sat. Nov. 23   Highly Sensitive Person   DONE

 Fri. Dec. 6      Ethics    DONE

 Sat. Dec. 7     Anxiety   DONE

 Fri. Dec. 13    Older Adult Clients

 Sat. Dec. 14   Ethics



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     Below you'll find all the information for these workshops.

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