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 Crisis Method and Motivation, Magic and Madness:
Helping Individuals and Systems Transform Change and Conflict
into Creativity and Community (without Going Crazy)

Who isn't in or bordering on a state of crisis these days?  From budget cuts to the threat of layoffs or actual furloughs, there’s a lot of uncertainty and feeling out of control going around.  (Doing "more with less" is a luxury of the past.  Today's new mantra -- "Do more with nothing!")  A lot of folks are worried and angry.  What’s needed is:  1) an opportunity for all – from front-line employees to managers and execs – to safely acknowledge the pressures and constructively channel the frustration, 2) grieve a sense of loss (from control to goals and dreams), and then 3) productively work and play with the actual and potential changes and conflicts and transform the emotional energy into creative expression and community building.  Have no fear, the Mark Gorkin, LICSW, the “Stress Doc” ™ acclaimed speaker, workshop leader and team building consultant is here.  Through high energy presentation and interactive, inspiring and FUN exercises, the Doc will help you convert the “danger” of crisis into strike when the iron is hot “opportunity” for building TLCs – "Trust, shared Laughter and Creative Collaboration."  And he’ll enable you to “Save the Retreat” by turning crisis motivation and momentum into systematic problem-solving and community building steps for leaders, teams and individuals.


A.  Transitional Dynamics:  Stress and Crisis, Loss and Change

1. Rapidly, purposefully and playfully recognize transition stress/crisis signals
2. "The Six 'F's of Loss and Change" to help all staff deal with uncertainty, budget cuts, reorganization, etc.

B.  Disarming Power Struggles and Overcoming Fear of Exposure

1. Gain techniques for purposefully and playfully disarming self-defeating power struggles while building trust
2. Transform the "Fear of Exposure' into the Fun of Embarrassment" and learn key principles of "Motivational and Transitional Humor"

C.  Building High Task and High Touch Teams, Communities and Organizations

1. Use small group "3-D (Discussion, Drawing and Diversity) exercise to:
a) identify in a safe and supportive manner workplace sources of change, conflict and reorganizational stress,
b) recognize and empathize with others' challenging environments; not feel so alone
c) discover how small group playing and creating/drawing allows for exaggerated objectivity and emotional distance from stressors and facilitates communication, passion and bonding as a support/problem-solving team
2. Discover the Stress Doc's "Top Ten" Structural and Strategic Commandments for enhancing team hardiness, participation and productivity in times of change along with the Secret of Wisdom.
Seek the higher power of Stress Doc Humor: May the Force and Farce Be with You!

Don't miss your appointment with the Stress Doc.

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" -- www.stressdoc.com -- 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 301-946-0865.

Clients have included: 

Cleveland Clinic/Organizational Learning and Performance, Virginia Commonwealth university School of Dentistry, El Paso Natural Gas, MITRE, Northrup Grumman, Kindred Healthcare, Circuit City, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brookings Institution, DuPont Corporation, Comfort Keepers, SAP--Human Capital Forum/ASUGS, McPhillips Roberts & Deans (Accounting Firm), McDonough Bolyard Peck (Engineering Firm), Celebrity Cruise Lines, America Online, Kelley School of Business/Indiana University, Georgetown University, No. Virginia Community College, Howard Community College, Day and Zimmerman, Tellabs, Computer Sciences Corporation, Thalle Construction Company, SkyLink: The Airline Ticket Center, Biography Magazine, US Pharmacopeia, Reed Smith (Intl law Firm), Patton Boggs (Intl Law Firm), DLA Piper (Intl Law Firm), Blackbaud

  Louisiana CPA Society, Federal Asisan Pacific Americans Council (FAPAC), Blacks In Government (BIG), Accounting Administrators Assn -- Florida Chapter, VA College Acess Network, Intl. Assn. of Admin. Professionals, American Chemical Society, Idaho Correctional & Juvenile Justice Associations, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2005, Human Resource Assn. of the National Capital Area, Society of Human Resources Management, Airplane Owners and Pilots Assn., American Industrial Hygiene Association, Business Owners and Managers Assn Intl, National Council of University Research Administrators, Professional Conference Management Association, Association of Legal Administrators, International Personnel Management Assn, Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, American College of Physicians, National Wildlife Federation, Defense Research Institute, Southwest Industrial Contractors Association, ColdFusion Conference 2003-06

Government Agencies: 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, DOD/4th Infantry Division, DOD/3rd Brigade Combat Team/1st Cavalry Division, National Science Foundation, Sonoma County, CA, Govt. Managers Conference, Training Officers Conference Institute, Natl. White Collar Crime Center/DOJ, Idaho Correctional Assn. (Keynote Speaker), Montana Public Health & Human Services, Anacostia Waterfront Development Corp., Virginia Human Resource Leadership Conference--2005 (Opening Keynote Speaker), Fairfax County Govt--HR Conference (Opening Keynote Speaker), Australian Embassy, VA Medical Center, Northport, Long Island, Centers for Disease Control, Health & Human Services--Div. of Acquisition Management, DOD/Population Health and Health Promotion, Department of Justice, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (including National Weather Service), Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of Commerce, US Postal Service (as a Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant; the Stress Doc is battle-tested).