News and Notes and Quips and Comments - 2023

The Family Workshop, now in our 21st year continues to grow, just a little, and continues to be a safe and supportive place for clients. Every day we are grateful for that and well aware that this is due to a great staff and Therapists and clients who work hard to make life better for themselves and others. Keep it up you guys and…

If I could make one wish today, and know it would be done
Well I would say everyone could stay, ‘til they’re too old to die young
Let me watch my children grow, to see what they become
Oh Lord don’t let that cold wind blow, ‘til I’m too old to die young (WELCH)





1. We are profoundly saddened by the passing of our good friend and former counselor Red Wolfenbarger…sometimes you need to be good to be great! Thank you Red from thousands of clients and all of us who had the pleasure to work with you.

2. Our own Dr. Connie McNeil wrote a book, CoCreating buy it, read it, do it, it works! Totally way to go Connie, proud of you, we all want to do that, you did it!

3. Pam Meyer, LPC, one of our new School Counselors, ALSO developed feeling and furry friends, therapeutic fluffy, fun, buy ‘em, they work…

Here are some well deserved Shout Outs to Counselors and Staff

Wowee Zowee and oh my gosh, who would have thought? This pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid-19 is really a mess and has certainly captured our attention. I want to first of all thank our clients and Counselors for "stepping up" with their transition to telephone and video counseling, that has literally "saved" our ability to continue services. On one hand, Counselors have said that it is very different to do counseling this way and requires more preparation ahead of time…even to the point of a lesson plan. On the other hand clients and counselors have enjoyed the convenience, no travel, no child care and easier to schedule. We will try to continue this availability following the resolution to this shut down!

Presently, we are doing telephone and video counseling and clients are coming into our offices, about half and half…with all precautions according to the CDC and state recommendations.

We are certainly aware of the heightened anxiety and tension in the community. All of us need and must create outlets to ease that tension in our lives. The internet is full of mental health and behavioral health ideas to ease that tension and/or call us. It is incredible how the entire society/culture has wrapped around and maneuvered through this pandemic all toward a resemblance of normalcy. Be well, get vaccinated and wear a mask!

I want to also thank our administrative staff during this transition to keep this boat afloat. This particular group: Marnie, Dawn, Bri, Tina, and Chris, have done a terrific job communicating with each other and a great job as a liaison between Counselors and clients. Thank you

Major shout out to our own Bri Van Schuyver who worked as an Office Manager here for three years, working her way through her Masters Program to become a counselor…and now she's a Counselor with us!!!

Be safe everybody, Hello in There to the Gypsy Song Man (tribute to John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker) and thank you for your continued support of the Family Workshop Counseling Center.

Mental Health Matters


Linda & Shannon
Family Counseling Workshop
Juanita Baca


Family Workshop
Linda & Shannon


Oh, Oh, Oh and finally, our best wishes to all clients and Therapists and Staff, thank you for making this a special place, and bring the boys, and girls, home safe from all the conflicts around the world. Our slogan, again, for next year's T-shirts: The Family Workshop, Good Vibes, Great Counselors.

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