Stress, Change and Team Resilience through Humor: An Interactive Playshop
  • CODE : MGOR-0026
  • Duration : 60 Minutes
  • Level : All Levels
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Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has blended individual and group therapy/facilitation, public speaking, workshop and webinar leadership, especially in the areas of stress resilience, burnout prevention, and anger/conflict management, as well as creativity and humor, leadership and team building. A nationally-known Motivational Psychohumorist ™, the Doc is a critical incident and trauma/grief/violence prevention consultant, currently working with the NYC-based national EAP, CCA, and the DC-based Human Resources Consulting Firm, PRM. (Mark has done considerable work with a variety of DC-Govt Agencies, especially the DC Regulatory Affairs Agency.)

Mark’s style, substance, and spirit have helped heal and inspire individuals, teams, and organizations for over forty years.  Mark presently provides individual and group teletherapy/trauma services at Inner City Family Services, Washington, DC. The Stress Doc has taught Crisis Intervention at Tulane University Graduate School of Social Work, been a Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service, led Stress Resilience and Team-Building Playshops on Leadership Retreats for the US Army. He also helped spearhead a mental health education and advocacy outreach program, Be Well Initiative, for the Nepalese Community in the Greater DC area.

His books, Practice Safe Stress, The Four Faces of Anger, and Preserving Human Touch in a Hi-Tech World, also capture the Stress Doc’s wholistic, healing, and humorous approach to recovery and Post-Traumatic Growth!

In a 24/7 always-on, TNT – Time-Numbers-Technology – Driven-Distracted World, filled with change and uncertainty, developing stress and change resilience skills and strategies is critical. Also vital is understanding the individual and organizational characteristics that facilitate burnout, as well as the burnout battlefront stages. Learn how a task and human touch team can be a vital buffer against burnout. Let the Stress Doc’s “Get FIT” – FUN-Interactive-Thought-provoking – program provide tools for a) Burnout Prevention/Recovery, b) Psychological Hardiness, and c) Natural SPEED.

Learn techniques for dealing with loss and change and for disarming self-defeating power struggles. Learn to positively set boundaries while gaining structures and strategies for building more diverse-inclusive-participatory teams. Finally, experience the power of sharing playful and powerful stories to break down the “Intimate FOE,” status barriers, and generate openness and camaraderie. Create a more equal “helmets off” and “we’re all in this together” atmosphere, team, and organizational culture.

Areas Covered

  • Rapidly discover stress smoke signals along with the Four Stages of Burnout
  • Discover “The Six ‘R’s of Burnout Recovery and manage transitional challenges through research-based "Psychological Hardiness"
  • Discover the creative and new vision potential in “Letting Go” and “The Eight ‘F’s for Managing Loss and Change”
  • Learning how to say “No” constructively with colleagues and “higher-ups”
  • Disarm and defuse power struggles by asking courageous "good questions" and using affirming "I" messages while reducing status tensions and learning to build trust
  • Discover team exercises, structures, and strategies for managing stress, enhancing team participation and collaborative problem-solving
  • Closing tips and techniques for humor, Natural SPEED, and Brain Agility along with the Doc's acclaimed "Shrink Rap" ™.

Who Should Attend

All personnel levels – from front-line employees to all levels of management will gain skills, tools, and strategies for 1) identifying stress and burnout warning signs and 2) positively developing stress, conflict, and change resilience skills in both themselves and in colleagues, team members, and those they supervise/manage.  Clearly, individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole benefit when a work culture is more stress resilient focused, open, and fun!

Why Should You Attend

This training is for anyone realizing that in times of rapid change and uncertainty personal resilience and healing/harmonizing humor in the face of stress, loss, and change certainly influence productivity and emotional well-being. In addition, these stress resilience resources and strategies impact our capacity to empathize, connect, and productively partner with others. And both personal and interpersonal dynamics impact the productive, supportive, and collaborative potential of work groups and teams.

  • $160.00

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