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     Busy Women's Retreat:
        Building Stress Resilience & Passion Power



A One-Day Stress Doc ™ Retreat in Columbia MD  (between DC & Baltimore)   

Date & Time:  Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9-4pm

Where:           Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044  [Near I-95; MD 29, 32 & 175]

Cost:              $125 for Sat; lunch on your own; morning and afternoon snacks provided)

More Info:      301-875-2567; stressdoc@aol.com; www.stressdoc.com (see video links)

If payment is received by June 14th, the discounted fee is $100.  You can pay by credit card or check.  Email or call for more info.  Thanks,  Mark Gorkin MSW, LICSW

In a TNT – Time-Numbers-Technology – Driven and Distracted World taking time for “R & R” – Reflect & Recharge – is vital.  There's no better way to do this than by:

1) partnering with the uncommon experience and skillful, compassionate, and creative guidance of Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, the Stress Doc; acclaimed, speaker, author, coach, critical incident consultant; leads military resilience retreats to former stress-violence prevention consultant for US Postal Service

2) joining forces with kindred spirits and the Doc as gifted facilitator, to generate new and powerful healing and harmonizing perspective, especially the possibility and power of hope.

 Objectives:  Five Critical "R & R" – Resilience and Rejuvenation – Skillsets

 1.  Develop Stress Resilience – prevent burnout; discover “Psychological Hardiness” & SPEED

 2.  Practice Good Grief – embrace “Grief Ghosts”; distinguish loss, grief, & crisis from depression

 3.  Disarming & Defusing Communication Skills – disarm power struggles with “good questions”

 4.  Risk-Taking & Passion Power – learn to blend Purposeful-Provocative-Passionate-Playful

 5.  Healing Humor & Team Building – storytelling, group art therapy, and “higher power” humor

And most important, we will learn from one another, understanding each of our vulnerabilities and drawing on each participant’s personal-cultural strengths.  As was noted by the coordinator of the first Busy Women's Retreat:

“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!

Other Testimonials

1) From a member of the original Busy Women's Retreat; Ann-Marie became a phone coaching client

Oct 12, 2013

I am so glad you are offering your services to many. You are an insightful man who helped me to have clarity and find my strength in chaos. I honestly believe that "God" put you in my path. I am still unsure of my future but I do know that I made the right choice. Without your understanding, patience and knowledge, I would not have been able to make that move. I may have slip-ups but I hear your voice and your words in my head and you continue to guide me.

(Phone Coaching Client)


2) Developing Stress Resiliency, Humor, and Passion Power:  The Gift of Interactive Engagement; for Human Resources Palm Beach County, FL (HRPBC; SHRM affiliate); Kickoff Speaker; 100 attendees; 1.25 hrs

Feb 27, 2014

Hello Mark.

HR Palm Beach County had the wonderful pleasure of having Mark Gorkin "The Stress Doc" present at one of our monthly dinner meetings. Mark's presentation was both insightful and engaging. He has a way of captivating the audience and make them want to hear more. We enjoyed his insights on the factors that cause stress and how to overcome them. We hope to hear more from "The Stress Doc". It was definitely time well spent. We especially enjoyed his perspective of Passion and Power. Mark Gorkin is a must hear!

 Tanya Vaughn-Patterson
HRPBC Program Chair 

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant


3) Cleveland Council of Black Nurses sponsored by Case Western Reserve/Skills and Simulation Center [2-hr "Practice Safe Stress and Team Building through Humor" Program]

April 4, 2011

Dear Mark,
Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop that you presented for the Cleveland Council of Black Nurses.  As President, I truly appreciated your humorous, but principled approach to "Team Building".  You worked miracles & brought about an honesty that I did not think was possible.
Again, thank you & I would certainly recommend your workshops to all in the healthcare fields.  The program that you presented was truly "Tailor Made" for us.
Barbara Rogers, RNMSN

216 921-3204

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an acclaimed keynote, kickoff and webinar speaker as well as "Motivational Humorist & Team Communication Catalyst" known for his interactive, inspiring, and FUN programs for both government agencies and major corporations.  In addition, the "Doc" is a Team Building and Organizational Development Consultant as well as a Critical Incident/Grief Intervention Expert for Business Health Services, a National EAP/Wellness/OD Company.  He is providing "Stress and Communication,” as well as “Managing Change, Leadership and Team Building" programs for a variety of units at Ft. Hood, Texas and for Army Community Services and Family Advocacy Programs at Ft. Meade, MD and Ft. Belvoir, VA as well as Andrews Air Force Base/Behavioral Medicine Services.

A former Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service, the Doc is the author of Practice Safe Stress and of The Four Faces of Anger.  The Stress Doc blog appears in such platforms as HR.com, WorkforceWeek.com, and MentalHelpNet.  His award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite"www.stressdoc.com – was called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR).  For more info on the Doc's "Practice Safe Stress" programs or to receive his free e-newsletter, email stressdoc@aol.com or call 301-875-2567.