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The Stress Doc Letter
Cybernotes from the Online Psychohumorist (tm)

March 1998, No. 2

Dear Readers,

With Spring in the air, thought this would be a good time to do some psychic housecleaning, confront the burnout smoke signals and start the rejuvenation process. I'll share two articles on "Escaping Early Black Hole Burnout." (Due to length, enclosed in a follow-up email.) Also, my Monday night "Shrink Rap and Group Chat" on AOL (See 2.a below) will address the same topic.

This newsletter is free. And, of course, please forward this letter to interesested friends, colleagues and family members, or send along their email addresses. (Also, if you don't wish to receive the newsletter, email me - stressdoc@aol.com .)

"The Stress Doc Letter" features and functions:

1. Psychohumor Writings. To provide you the best of my past and current online and offline writngs, including Humor From the Edge columns and America On Line/Online Psych special topical essays, e.g, <A HREF="aol://4344:972.docwork.1255066.562088752">The Stress Doc Interview @ Online Psych</A> and <A HREF="aol://4344:972.olpny3.1264502.565460680">Make Your Resolution A Habit With Help From Online Psych!</A>. For those not on AOL, if you'd like a copy of these popular series, just email - stressdoc@aol.com. Or check out my website - www.stressdoc.com - or my AOL/Online Psych Page - Keyword: Stress Doc, <A HREF="aol://4344:972.doc.1264535.556723207">The Stress Doc @ Online Psych </A> .

And if you'd like a free subscription to Humor From the Edge (email me) or to "The Death and Dying" Newsletter, click here <A HREF="http://www.death- dying.com/">Welcome To Death & Dying...Where Life Surroun...</A> (See, this newsletter will make you die laughing ;-)

Finally, my writings now appear in Perspectives, the electronic magaine of Mental Health Net. MHN is a not-for-profit organization devoted to mental health information and education resources online. They are located at: www.cmhc.com/

2. Special Projects Updates. New or special projects that are flying around or about to be (or have been) launched:

a) I am now leading a twice a month "Shrink Rap and Group Chat" on AOL/Digital City - Washington. We discuss stress and wellness, relationship and family issues, psychological growth, etc., the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, from 9-10pm EDT. Next up is an hour on Escaping Early Black Hole Burnout...Monday Mar 23rd. Here's the link: <A HREF="aol://4344:363.gorkin.5732839.568857121"> Chat with the Stress Doc</A>.

This group replaces the Frequent Sighers Club which never quite got off the ground. (I still like the name.)

b) The Practicing Safe Stress Program at Elmhurst Hospital for seventy mental health professionals was a big success. To quote Dr. Lawrence Cuzzi, Director of Social Work Services: "The liveliness and interactive nature of the discussion combined with your relevant psychological and behavioral insights made the afternoon both enjoyable and informative. It was something that staff could use both immediately and in the future." Feel free to call for a reference: (718) 334-5083.

c) The three hour keynote speaker/workshop on Thriving In Transition: The Art and Practice of Safe Stress for the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association's annual convention, March 21, was a great success. Feel free to email Board Member, Teresa Dennis, Teaspl@aol.com for a reference. Another participant emailed these words: "I had the sense that you enjoy what you are doing and I hope that you know how much you have the ability to help other people. What impressed me the most about you and your presentation was that you genuinely seemed to care about a roomful of people you had never met before. I hope your journey continues to give you spiritual enlightment and joy." -- Judy

3. Stress Doc Calendar. To provide an up to date speaking and workshop calendar - what, where and when. Of course, if you know of an organization or a conference that needs a dynamic, thought-provoking and fun-filled program, my motto...Have Stress? Will Travel: A Smart Mouth for Hire!

Speaking of speaking, some upcoming events:

a) a recurring program, Rebuilding the Fire: Transforming Burnout Into Your Creative Career Path in the Metro-DC area at the National Capital YMCA on Sat. March 28th from 1-4:30pm and for four Weds from May 20-June 10. The YMCA is on Rhode Island Ave. and 17th St., NW, Washington, DC. For more info, call the YMCA Program Office - (202) 862-9649. Or, email or call me at (202) 232-8662.

b) a four-part Managing Stress and Change series for the personnel department of the Army Corps of Engineers, beginning February 13th and ending Mar 27th.

c) a two all day Managing Stress and Conflict workshops for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on March 24 and 25.

d) lunchtime workshop on Humor in the Workplace for Metro DC Blue Cross/Blue Shield on April 8th, sponsored by L&T Health and Fitness.

4. Online Coaching/Training. To promote my Coaching for Consultants and Entrepreneurs Program:

Special Announcement: I am starting a Multi-Media Coaching for Consultants Program, especially (though not exclusively) for allied/mental health professionals, organizational trainers and consultants, counselors and educators. For information on the products and instructional services, including one-on-one online consultation and particpation in a bulletin board and chat/support group, email me at Stress Doc@aol.com. With questions, call (202) 232-8662 or mail me at:

Mark Gorkin Stress Doc Enterprises 1616 18th Street, NW #312 Washington, DC 20009-2530

5. Award-Winning Website. To remind you that there is a lot more material on my award winning, USA Today Online "Hot Site" website. It's also just been acclaimed a 4 Star, top-rated site, by Mental Health Net, the largest review guide of mental health, psychology and psychiatry resources online today. Go to www.stressdoc.com or <A HREF="http://www.stressdoc.com/">STRESS DOC HOMEPAGE</A> . Also, check out my AOL/Online Psych Page, <A HREF="aol://4344:972.doc.1264535.556723207">The Stress Doc @ Online Psych </A> or Keyword: Stress Doc. Over 100 articles are arranged in 15 different categories:

Stress Doc Bio and Philosophy Stress and Burnout Managing Anger with Authority Power Struggles: Individual/Systems Teen Depression, Parents... Cyberaddicts Anonymous Good Grief Searching for Love Career Transition Humor: Art and Science Creativity Unbound Achieving Peak Performance Spiritual Exploration Readers/ Submissions

6. Readers' Platform. Please submit questions, comments, criticisms, cutting edge information as well as stories about how you've used humor to help relieve a client's, family member's or your own stress. I will gladly print your offering and credit you completely. (And thank you for using your spellchecker.)

(c) Mark Gorkin 1998

(Due to the length of the articles, they will be emailed separately.)