Mark Gorkin

"The Stress Doc"

Four Stress Doc Favorites

    1) Practicing Organizational Safe Stress in Times of Change

    Combat Strategies at the Burnout Battlefront

    Identify stress smoke signals and "The Four Stages of Burnout."  Dynamic group exercises for laughing
    and distressing and achieving psychological and transitional hardiness.  Discover how “motivational and healing humor” strengthens morale and productivity.  Discover skills and tips for "emancipation procrastination," group morale and psychological hardiness with higher power humor.

     2) A Leader's Greatest Gift -- TLCs:

    Inspiring Trust, Laughter and Creative Collaboration (especially in Times of Crisis)

    In today’s wired, diverse and “do more with less” climate, today’s leader must know how to genuinely connect and inspire.  Let the Stress Doc ™, help you discover "TLCs Leadership -- Inspire Trust, Laughter and Creative Collaboration" even during tough transitions.  Give your organization a jolt of "Motivational CPR" – Creativity, Passion and Risk-Taking. Energize your troops and help them achieve high performance in the face of uncertainty through emotional support and peak performance. 

     3) Transforming Change & Conflict into Passion Power

    Generating Productive & Playful Pros and Teams

    Want to be a more innovative problem solver and be a catalyst for more imaginative and effective teams?  Learn cognitive concepts, robust tools and dynamic exercises for transform opposition, power struggles and conflict into unconventional “win-win” strategies.  Discover the power of group sharing and synergy, creativity and camaraderie.  Using interactive and inspiring methods  bring “Fire, Focus and FUN” to today’s performance and leadership challenges. 

    4) Transforming Anger & Engaging Challenging People
    Or When Going Postal Is Not an Option

    Using the Doc’s “Four Faces of Anger” Model, transform hostility and rage into assertive and inspiring expression.  Set limits on stress carriers and know-it-all-critics; disarm power struggles with “drop the rope” and active listening techniques.  Through dynamic exercises learn an IDEAL method of assertive and empathic confrontation.  Use the verbal art of “tongue foo-ey.”  (The Doc is battle tested as a former stress & violence prevention consultant for the US Postal Service.)

Stress Doc Bio

    Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an acclaimed keynote and kickoff speaker and "Motivational Humorist" known for his interactive, inspiring and FUN speaking and workshop programs.  In addition, the "Doc" is a team building and organizational development consultant for a variety of govt. agencies, corporations and non-profits and is AOL's "Online Psychohumorist" ™.  Mark is an Adjunct Professor, No. VA (NOVA) Community College and currently he is leading "Stress, Team Building and Humor" programs for the 1st Cavalry and 4th Infantry Divisions, Ft. Hood, Texas.  A former Stress and Conflict Consultant for the US Postal Service, the Stress Doc is the author of Practice Safe Stress and of The Four Faces of Anger.  See his award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" -- -- called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR). 


National Institutes of Health Acquisitions Management Conference
[1.5 hour “Combat Strategies at the Burnout Battlefront” program for 200 attendees]

May 26, 2009

Dear Mark,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation as a plenary speaker at the 2008 NIH AMC Symposium. Your presentation entitled “Combat Strategies at the Burnout Battlefront” was widely attended as it appears there is a great need for de-stressing within the acquisition community of NIH. The presentation was an interactive and energetic and it kept the audience engaged at all times. It was easy to see through the active participation of the audience that many people feel stress in their work environment and are seeking ways to relieve that stress. Your timely advice and strategies for relieving stress were greatly appreciated by all. I highly recommend this training for supervisors and employees combined to ensure the best return on their time.

I hope that we have an opportunity to work together in the future. Thank you for all your efforts in making the 2008 NIH AMC Symposium a success!

Donna Perry-Lalley, M.S.
Co-Chair 2008 NIH AMC Symposium

Disclaimer -- These statements represent the opinions of the writer and/or participants in an NIH sponsored symposium and are not to be misconstrued as an endorsement of the StressDoc by the NIH or any other Government agency.

Cleveland Clinic/Organizational Learning and Performance
["Managing Stress and Change through Team Creativity and Humor"
Luncheon Keynote for 60 allied health professionals]

Date: 4/23/2008

Dear Mark,

Thank you for speaking to our Organizational Learning and Performance team on the topic of stress and change.  We sure have had a busy year and this session was just what the doctor ordered.  It was the right amount of mix of practical information and humor.  So many came up to me afterward and made a comment on how good it was to have you there.  We are all trainers, so it is nice to be able to sit back and have someone else be on stage. Plus, you were a very good role model for interactive skills.  I look forward to having you at other engagements and will highly recommend your work to others.  Best Wishes,

Colleen Dolgan, Sr. Director
Organizational Learning and Performance, Cleveland Clinic



    Advanced Research Certification
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA

    MSW, Casework/Group
    Adeiphi University
    Garden City, NY

    BA, Sociology/Psycholgy
    State University of New York
    Stony Brook, NY


    Author, Practice Safe Stress with the Stress Doc: The Art of Managing Stress, Burnout and Depression,, 2000

    Author, From Stress Brakes and Shrink Rap to Safe Stress and Cool Moon Cats: The Wit and Wisdom of the Stress Doc, (self-published),  1994

    Hundreds of articles in a myriad of online and offline publications


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