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District of Columbia Retirement Board (DCRB)
[Three One-Day sessions on "Stress Management, Interpersonal Skills Training and Team Building in Times of Reorganization"]

Dec 21, 2010

I am very apologetic that I have not responded sooner. It has been a whirlwind of activity and the time just went by faster each day. I am hoping for a slower week this week and should be able to finalize some information as well as craft a beautiful – honest – praise for the wonderful eye-opening training that you have provided DCRB. You set a bar that many trainers will now need to live up to…
Hopefully, I will be able to provide you with some more information over the last week of December and we can discuss it early January.
Happy Holidays!  Be safe.
Thank you,
Susan D. Washington, PHR
Human Resources Manager
District of Columbia Retirement Board
900 7th Street, 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20001
202-343-3227 (office direct)
202-343-3200 (office)


Leadership Prince William, VA
[Holiday Stress, Envisioning Change and Team Building Program for Alumni Group affiliated with Chamber of Commerce]

Dec 15, 2010

Good Afternoon Mark,

One normally wouldn't associate stress with humor and entertainment...those people don't know you!  Thank you so much for conducting the recent workshop, "Practicing Safe Stress", for Leadership Prince William.

Our participants enjoyed your upbeat delivery and offbeat sense of humor!  Thank you for guiding, enlightening and challenging our Leadership group.

Let’s stay in touch.  Best wishes for a delightful holiday season~


Kathy Ellington, Director
Leadership Prince William
t. 703.993.9607
f. 703.993.8631

Dec 14, 2010

Hello Mark,

Thank you for coming to Manassas to present to Leadership Prince William. I enjoyed your message and humor.  What you shared about the 4 "R's" really resonates in one aspect of life.  I haven't determined how to approach it, but you've definitely gotten me thinking.  Put in your perspective, it seems pretty well defined.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season.  I truly hope to have the opportunity to see you again.  Regards,

Kendra Kielbasa, Public Relations Director
Lewis & Leigh, Inc. dba
Home Instead Senior Care, Manassas Office
9100 Church Street, Suite 107
Manassas, VA 20110

703.530.1360 - Office (24/7)
703.909.0086 - Cell

Ft. Belvoir, VA/Family Advocacy Program and Army Community Services
["Stress and Conflict" for FAP and "Generational Communication, Leadership and Team Building" for ACS staff]

November 22, 2010

Mr.Gorkin, I collected a few comments from the office staff. I figured you could use these to show just how great your training is. I really must say I mostly enjoyed your great sense of humor and the creative learning pieces are priceless. Keep up the great work and come back anytime you wish. You are welcomed here at ACS. Thank you for an awesome time.

Best wishes,

Sandra Mclean
Family Advocacy Specialist
Army Community Services

"I enjoyed the process of developing a visual representation of the barriers to creativity and risk taking. that our team experienced."...Laureen DuPree

"Wow what a great way to look at things such as team building and the bureaucracies that we all face. Glad you came Mr.Gorkin".....Sandra

"I thought it was very affective and fun!"....Breva Spencer

"It was helpful, and Loved that it was interactive. Keep up the Good work!!"...Nicole

"The morning session was very informative..and thought provoking. My FAP team really enjoyed this training session and we love the visual affects...put the drawing up on my wall.."...FAPM

Case Western Reserve University
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

[Two hour "Safe Stress" Program for 50 alumni]

Nov 18, 2010

Hi Mark,

Here is the evaluation and it is excellent. For whatever quirk of human nature, a "9" is almost never given. You have scored nearly all "8's", a very high response. You will also notice, no doubt, that most of the negative comments have to do with the facility. I cannot control that unless we build an auditorium someday! Thank you again Mark for being so gracious in presenting for us. I understand that our continuing education department is interested in contacting you. They put on one-half and entire day programs which would offer you a little more time to present. If anything, our attendees would have liked to hear more from you. Take care. Sincerely, Pam

Pamela R. Carson
Director of Development
for Alumni Relations and External Affairs
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7164

Ph.(216) 368-2281

Between writing my recent Reorg Stress Series and receiving some understandably pointed comments from a government-related association, I got a bit fired up.  Sometimes this can bring out my lyrical-satirical-cynical side.  Maybe my words will help fire-up some folks.  Please share with others.  Enjoy!

Nevada Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
["Creatively Managing Stress and Conflict & Building Team Cooperation Through Humor" Programs for Las Vegas (160 attendees) and Reno (80), NV Regions]

Sep 3, 2010

Hello Mr. Gorkin,

Once again, if I haven’t already said so, thank you kindly for coming to train the Nevada WIC program. Your presentation was in fact as engaging, interactive and insightful as you led me to believe upon our initial conversation. Staff left your session ‘pumped’ and ready to take what they learned back to their workplace. Working within the WIC program at the local level can be very taxing for staff, and we were glad that you were able to give them the tools that they needed to handle workplace stress effectively!


Key James
Health Program Specialist I

Nevada State WIC
3811 W. Charleston Blvd. Ste. 205
Las Vegas, NV 89102
702-486-8103 (Ph)


4th Sustainment Brigade
13th Expeditionary Support Command, Ft. Hood, TX

[Predeployment Offsite for 100 Officers, Senior Sergeants and Spouses]

Aug 21, 2010


It was good to hear from you. Work has been chaotic given that I was only in the office one of the last 10 days before we came to the offsite. Your presentation was excellent. I was taking copious notes. We have a program within the brigade geared at enhancing junior leadership comminication skills in caring for soldiers and helping soldiers increase life skills in five areas of their lives: personal, professional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Part of that program is using thought provoking quotes to help leaders present some thought worthy ideas and to encourage soldiers to consider their possibilities. As we continue to write the material, I hope to be able to incorporate some of the things you put out in your class.

As I transition and get settled in my new job sometine in the next week or maybe month -- it is the army, you know -- I will keep in mind our conversation about working with the chaplains.

take care,

Jerry Sieg

Cell (907) 360-4317
Gov't. Cell (254) 630-3580

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. -- Confucius

ASPIRE (Asian Pacific Internal Revenue Employees) National Conference -- Chicago  [1.25 hr "Inspiring Leadership-Partnership with a Jolt of CPR -- Creativity, Passion & Risk-Taking" and "Practice Safe Stress" Programs]

Aug 6, 2010

Hi Mark,

Sorry for responding to you this late.  Your workshops were awesome, we enjoyed them very much.  To let you know that the conference committee is still working hard in collecting the online feedback/evaluation from the attendees.  Once it is completed which might be in early September, I'll forward the result to you as the inclusion of the testimony you had requested.  I hope this would be ok with you.  Thanks and have a great weekend.

Best Regards,

Minah B. Goertler
Internal Revenue Agent - Badge # 04-80850

Team 1176 - LMSB HMT - Heavy Manufacturing
N14W24200 Tower Place #202  MS: 4213WKW
Waukesha, WI 53188

Ofc: 262-513-3473

Aug 5, 2010

Good Morning Stress Doc, thanks for your inspiring message!  I really enjoyed the conference and especially your workshop on Practicing Safe Stress.  It was very informative, practical and realistic!  I also enjoyed the group team building exercises, it helped us to better understand how "we" as a group think during either difficult times or stress related situations.  I have already recommended you to my colleagues here at the IRS, and will keep you in mind for future team building workshops or all employee meetings.
Thanks again for your enthusiasm and energy!


1st CAV Division/Ft. Hood, TX "Command Team" Offsite -- San Antonio
["Bridging the Generational-Cultural Divide and Building Team Coordination" -- 100 Brigade & Battalion Commanders and Command Sergeant Majors -- 2 hours]

July 20, 2010
Likewise, I very much enjoyed meeting you.  I can speak for everyone at the seminar -- we enjoyed your presentation and the enthusiasm and passion that you have in this important work.  Thanks again for your participation.  

Phil Battaglia 

COL Phil Battaglia
Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division

Mark, thanks for everything.  Will keep you in mind for future engagements!

Cheers, Simon

Simon Gardner
Lieutenant-Colonel, Civil Affairs
Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations
First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas
Office: (254) 287-7670

Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.

[Relocation/Transition Stress Workshop for employees relocating with and separating from the company.  Hanger HQ is moving from Bethesda, MD to Austin, TX]]

July 15, 2010

Dear Mark,

On behalf of Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., I would like to thank you for presenting “Practicing Safe Stress” to our corporate employees.  The insights you provided were apt and they were very well embraced by our employees who were going through a lot of stress due to relocation of our Company’s headquarters. 

I would like to commend you on your ability to engage with the audience and was amazed to see how employees willingly opened up and shared what they are going through during this difficult time. 

We thoroughly enjoyed your session and glad we were able to provide this to our employees.  Thank you!

Divya Paramesh, PHR
Senior Human Resources Specialist
Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.

Ph : 301-280-4588

Anne Arundel Society for Human Resources Management
[1.5 hour program -- "Does Your Team, Department or Organization Need a Jolt of CPR?
Transforming Stress, Change and Conflict into Creativity, Passion and Risk-Taking"]

July 1, 2010

Mr. Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW
The Stress Doc ™

Dear Mark,

This letter is written to thank you for your outstanding presentation at our June membership meeting.   Your use of your professional knowledge as well as your upbeat and enjoyable presentation style combined to make our meeting a memorable event.

Members were particularly impressed by your use of participant interaction, art, and very appropriate humor to help them focus on and minimize stressful or conflicting situations at work.   Our members were engaged from the beginning until the end of your presentation.  That fact speaks to your mastery of public speaking, teaching, and team building.

I highly recommend you to any public or private organization or professional group as an accomplished speaker, teacher and coach.

Best regards,

Bill Osborne
Membership Director

President, The People Business
bill@peoplebusiness  bill@peoplebusiness.us

Ft. Meade, MD/Army Community Service
Stress Management /Keynote Presenter for Child Abuse Awareness Month


On behalf of Army Community Service at Fort Meade, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for your valuable presentation on stress management. You reached out to our staff with your comedy message in a way that will be everlasting for the Fort Meade community.

Your humor and sincerity certainly touched us in ways that I could not have achieved in my briefings. I was told by many of the folks who attended this presentation that it exceeded their expectations and they absolutely enjoyed the rap performance that closed out the show.

Once again, thank you for your appearance and the encouragement that you gave while here at Fort Meade. I highly recommend you for other military installations and look forward to working with you again in the future.


Celena Flowers, LCSW, ACSW
Family Advocacy Program Manager
office: 301-677-4357
cell: 240-688-6691

Busy Women's Retreat
at Blue Mountain Retreat Center/Harper's Ferry, WV

March  14, 2010

Testimonial for Mark Gorkin


Thank you so much for giving such a meaningful presentation at the Busy Women's Retreat here at Blue Mountain on March 5th and 6th.  The subject matter, "Transforming Stress, Conflict and Change into Passion Power" was itself a very powerful theme, and you were able to so skillfully present and guide the group!  This subject brought a lot of heavy emotions from the women to the surface.  Your ability to help the women work through their issues, and even more importantly, your ability to give them tools with which to transform their stress was truly amazing. 

The participants in the retreat told me personally that they were very impressed with the way that you managed the group and that they took away many things that they can use in their everyday life.  Your presentation helped them to evaluate their stressors differently, to see the positive in every stress, conflict and/or change.  Moreover, you helped them to realize they are not alone, and you were so skilled at allowing and encouraging others to give feedback within the group!

I am just so impressed with your organization, your presentation and your professionalism.  I will certainly hire you again, and the women in this first group all said they look forward to working with you again at a future gathering!

Thank you for your time, effort, intelligence and caring.  You are truly a gifted workshop leader!!

Beth Ehrhardt, Owner
Blue Mountain Retreat Center
Knoxville, MD  21758

Fairfax County, VA/Org. Development and Training Division
Job Seekers Network, 1.5 hour Practice Safe Stress Program

    Thanks for a quality workshop.  As you noted,  emotions are a bit more present this year.  Thanks for your skillful work.

Judy Lynch
Senior Manager
DHR, County of Fairfax
Organizational Development and Training Division


Fairfax County, VA/Org. Development and Training Division
["Life Meets Work -- Overcoming Stress, Fear & Anxiety"; 40 minutes]

Feb 26, 2010


Thank you again for a wonderful presentation on Wednesday.  We did not do evaluation forms (we don’t normally at the Lunch and Learns because there isn’t time) – but it would not have been necessary!  The positive verbal feedback was remarkable; we had many people ask us when you would be speaking/doing another workshop and wanted us to let them know.  You were definitely a hit!  I also want to thank you for working with us on tweaking some of your material to fit our strict timeline; you were most gracious and understanding about it!

Take care and hopefully we will see you again soon,


Lynne A. Sawyer
Training Specialist
DHR, County of Fairfax
Organizational Development and Training Division


ESP Corp--Engineering Solutions and Products, Inc.
[Half-day team building offsite -- "Transforming Stress, Conflict and Change into Creative Teaming" -- for 50+ Managers (mostly ex-military, former high-level NCOs); Dallas, TX; major government contractor to DOD/armed services]

Feb 17, 2010


On behalf of Engineering Solutions & Products Incorporated, and all of the participants from our Dallas Offsite in January 2010, we would like to extend our heartfelt “Thank You.” Although our workshop was only a half day, you ensured it was packed full of energy and attention-grabbing topics and information.  We believe that better communications is the key to success and your presentation really drove home that point.  The best thing of all was that your presentation was totally in synch with the company’s values and how the President/CEO expects his Senior and Junior Level Managers to interface with employees.  The exercises were outstanding and I could see our participants wanting to have their data shared with the group.  Participants were so motivated by the presentation that you received a well-deserved standing ovation by all.  Thank you for spending time with us the previous day in order to get a better understanding of ESP and our corporate values – it meant a lot to the team that you went above and beyond to make the presentations meaningful to all.  We gained a lot from this team building/better communications workshop and look forward to working with you at future events.

Again, thank you!

Gary Livero
ESP, Inc
VP of Operations
Eatontown, NJ




Mark, I like the ideas – I think they're great! You are very welcome! Gary [ESP Vice President] really enjoyed it and made the comment about how he personally enjoyed it. He asked and everyone acknowledged how they enjoyed the seminar...they really enjoyed the event; I have received many laudable comments! It was a lot of fun; I personally love the drawing event. We have them here at the corporate office and are going to have them framed! When you come back in March will have you out at our corporate office. Let me know when you get in, we can have dinner together. Glad to see that you made it safe to Cleveland. Stay in touch!

v/r, Henry

Henry R. Vance III
DPM & Project Leader for FBCB2/BFT & ISYSCON
Engineering Solutions and Products, Inc.
Office: 254-634-4999 Ext: 120
Kileen/Ft. Hood, TX


Association of Legal Administrators/Minnesota State Chapter
[1.5 hour workshop on "Practicing Safe Stress in Challenging Times" for 50+ attendees]

Feb 12, 2010

Hi Mark,


Thank you very much for your fun and informative presentation.  I heard many positive comments such as "great and relevant topic," "great presentation with real life examples," and "nice to have some tips to deal with stress."  Many of the participants commented on how much fun they had with the exercise.  Overall, it was a great time and we really appreciate it!



Colette M. Canniff
Legal Administrative Assistant Manager
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Association of Legal Administrators -- Orlando Chapter

[Luncheon Keynote -- "Jumpstarting the New Year -- Practice Safe Stress through Resilience, Focused Flexibility and Laughter"]

Subject  Re: Post-Orlando ALA Meeting Greetings from the Stress Doc
Date:  2/1/2010
From:  jcmccurry@growerketcham.com
To:  StressDoc@aol.com

Yes you can enter me on your free newsletter list.
I really enjoyed your program last week and will strive to use what I learned daily.
I really enjoyed your rap song at the end of the program too.  
I have "dropped the rope" 2 times already and boy what a difference that makes.
Thank you! :o)
JoAnna C. McCurry
Accounting Supervisor
Grower, Ketcham, Rutherford,
Bronson, Eide & Telan, P.A.

Phone 407-423-9545

The Reorg Rag (with apologies to no one)

By Mark Gorkin, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™
stressdoc@aol.com; www.stressdoc.com


It can't happen here, I have too much to do…
Who took my desk and chair, my computer, too?
They can't replace me -- the Branch Techno-file.
What do you mean I'm still in denial?

Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Why does it feel I've been fragged?
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Maybe I'm just on a jag
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
I'm still on the Reorg Rag!

Rejoice, you're employed…so they've frozen your pay
And put on your backs the recovery.
Two free weeks furlough to re-"leave" your stress
What a friend you have in the 112th Congress!

Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag
Why do I just want to gag?
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Whatever happened to my swag?
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag
I'm still on the Reorg Rag!

You'll "Do more with less," when "There's no 'I' in team"
So "Dress for Success," then become "lean-and-Mean."
Keep reading those posters, your glass is half full
Though, beware "going postal" in the face of this bull.

Ignore the slacker; just take up his load
Put in for a transfer; oops, no off ramp for this road.
The boss is a bully; the "Old Boys" turn an eye
You're getting an ulcer -- such a "nice gal or guy."

Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag
Why has life become a drag?
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag
Should I raise that white flag?
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag
I'm still on the Reorg Rag!

Now you've had enough, playing Raggedy Ann
Start calling their bluff; draw a line in the sand.
You are a survivor; just never forget
To bring out your "Inner Rambo or Rambette!"

So "Do know your limits; don't limit your 'No's"
There's life beyond widgets; you've taken their blows.
Separate from the mob, you've surpassed your quota
And have kept your job…but now in North Dakota!

Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Once again in a trick bag.
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Back into the old gulag
Reorg Rag, Reorg Rag,
Forever on the Reorg Rag!

© Mark Gorkin  2010
Shrink Rap ™ Productions