Stress, Change and Team Resilience through Humor: An Interactive Playshop
  • CODE : MGOR-0011
  • Duration : 60 Minutes
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Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an acclaimed keynote speaker, webinar presenter, and "Motivational Psychohumorist” known for his Get FIT – FUN-Interactive-Thought-provoking – programs for both government agencies and major corporations. In conjunction with Legal Estrin Staffing and Ijona Skills Academy, the Doc has led Stress Resilience/COVID-19 Webinars and an HR/Legal/Manager Support Groups, and continues to lead Stress and Team Resilience, Anger/Conflict Management, Diversity/Inclusion, and Team Building programs. Mark is also a part-time Psychotherapist for the Washington, DC mental health clinic, Inner City Family Services.  He has been a Stress/ Critical Incident Consultant for the Nepali Community and government agencies in the BWI area. He has run numerous Stress Resilience and Team Building Leadership Retreats for the US Army. Mark is definitely battle-tested as a former Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service. The Doc is the author of Practice Safe Stress, The Four Faces of Anger, and Preserving Human Touch in a Hi-Tech World. See his award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" – – called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR).

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 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 inclusion-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 and 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.

  • $200.00

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