Speaking Engagements & Workshops|
Both Martin Helldorfer and Terri Moss are available for speaking and workshops.
Each offers a unique perspective, talent and set of qualifications. This section
details their current portfolio of workshops and presentations. For a
video clip of one of Martin's talks, click here.
For details or to book an engagement for Martin Helldorfer or Terri Moss, please
contact Moss Communications.
Terri Moss conducts half-day
customized workshops to hospital managers and staff on a variety of topics
covered by Healing with Heart, including:
Her workshops use hands-on activities involving
Healing with Heart books and
Wisdom Cards to not only make the
subject come alive but demonstrate how Healing with Heart can be incorporated
into every day use to transform culture.
Terri is also a licensed facilitator for
Health Care Management's Reigniting the Spirit of Caring Workshops and
partners with Creative Health Care Management to deliver these three-day
Health Care Management uses the methodology of Relationship-Based Care
(RBC). In July 2009, they conducted their first Relationship-Based Care
To read an overview of the Symposium and learn more
about RBC, read the article that Terri wrote,
Hope as a Practical Instrument of Change: Exploring this Unexpected Outcome
of the Relationship-Based Care Symposium.
Martin Helldorfer is an
engaging speaker who has received rave reviews for his talks. Throughout his
career, he has been sought after to speak to health care executives, at hospital
board retreats, leadership groups, professional associations and large health
system gatherings. While Martin will customize his talk to the needs of the
group, Martin’s background makes him uniquely qualified to speak on the
Contact Moss Communications to
book Martin as a speaker or for more information.
Healthy Ways to Work in Health Care Workshops
Living a balanced life in a not-so-balanced world is a
challenge all of us face. This is particularly so for those in the helping
professions where work is seldom finished and demands on one’s time is never
ending. Using his nearly thirty year experience, first as a practicing
psychologist and then as a hospital executive, Dr. Helldorfer reflects on
the personal challenges healthcare workers face, whether they are highly
trained doctoral level practitioners, clinical technicians, or support
A. When Martin’s engagement is weeklong, as when
scheduled for a ninety minute presentation each day, the broad themes
The myths and truths
associated with living a “balanced life”
what is a “balanced” life?
The usual distortions,
often praised, that hinder living a “balanced life” (work fixation, work
addiction, work exhaustion, and overwork)
The challenge of being
faithful to one’s never-ending calling (jobs, careers, professions, and
a person’s life work)
Doing something to help
ourselves to help ourselves (practical, doable, effective possibilities)
B. When Dr. Helldorfer is contracted to speak
for shortened periods of time (as one speaker among many during a
convention, conference, or healthcare assembly) he tailors his presentation
to the theme of the conference and the stated needs of the conference’s
References documenting Dr. Helldorfer’s effectiveness
are available upon request.
Understanding and Appreciating the Ethical and Religious
A two-hour interactive presentation designed to help
employees and physicians from diverse faith traditions and cultural
backgrounds understand and appreciate the unique perspectives of Catholic
This presentation is sometimes scheduled as a one-time
event to key personnel. More frequently Dr Helldorfer is contracted to work
on an ongoing basis (weekly, biweekly) within Departments or Service Lines
where the faith tradition of a hospital or system is a source of
misunderstanding, concern or conflict.
The focus of this educational experience accents the
shared experience and spirituality of participants rather than an
explanation of contemporary ethics and/or theologies.
Martin Helldorfer has a fifteen year history as a
system executive and most recently a eight year employment history as Senior
Vice President of Mission within a healthcare system whose Joint Operating
Agreement linked Catholic and Nonsectarian hospitals. Martin’s task included
the responsibility to safeguard and further the organizational identities of
Letters of recommendations by CEOs/Administrators are
available upon request.
Using “Thoughts From Mission”
A short “Thought From Mission” sent weekly to
every employee is one effective tool to help build a desired culture within
an organization. The Thought is neither a newsletter nor source of
information. Rather, it is a document written to awaken the stirrings of the
heart that first motivated individuals to choose healthcare as a profession.
The “thought behind the Thought” is the recognition
that every human experience holds meaning if we slow enough to glimpse its
significance. Often enough, we need a reminder to recognize the value of our
work, whatever our particular job may be. The Thought is that reminder.
This one day workshop is designed to help mission
leaders, communication teams and human resource professionals a) to
understand the unique structure of a “Thought From Mission,” b) how to
choose effective themes, c) what to include, or not include, and c) the
discipline involved to write them effectively.
At the end of the workshop, each participant will have
written two “Thoughts.” In addition they will recognize the need, as
leaders, to live a reflective life in the midst of a demanding, and often
View a collection of these Thoughts in Healing With
Heart: Inspirations for Health Care Professionals, Moss
Communications, winner of the American Journal of Nursing, 2008 Book of the
Year Award in the leadership and management category.
Speaking EngagementsRecent Speaking Engagements for Martin Heldorfer
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA
Healthy Ways to Work in Health Care all day workshop for nurses, mission staff and leadership.
Franciscan Health Care, Wheaton IL
SYSTEM SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM RETREAT
Discovering practical and creative ways to engage and energize one
another(physicians, employees, contractors and ourselves) for the purpose of
providing exceptional patient care.
Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM
"Tools for Maintaining a Balance"
University of Colorado
"Healthy Ways to Work in Health Care" Workshops (with Barbara Hughes) [open to
all] (Finance and IT Professionals, Statisticians, Office Personnel,
Administrative Assistants, Unit Clerks, and all those who work in cubicles
and back offices).
- University of Colorado
"Healthy Ways to Work in Health Care" Workshops (with Barbara Hughes) [open to
all] (Physicians, Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse
midwives, Chaplains, physician assistants).
Colorado Springs, CO
"Grand Rounds: Ethics Consultation" Porter Medical Center [closed]
Click here for more
information on the seminars mentioned above.
Click here for an outline on
MINISTRY (work) and the WAY WE LIVE (spirituality).
Martin Helldorfer was the keynote speaker at an annual regional event
that honors the work and life of Fr. Steve Letourneau. The event took place
in Salina, Kansas on April 3, 2009 and was sponsored by the Salina Regional
Health Center. Martin's talk was very well received. The following clip is
taken mid way through the earlier part of his talk on
Living a Balanced
Life in a Not-so-Balanced World:
Here are a few comments
we received from attendees:
was an excellent program-very thought provoking but with good humor.
wish I had heard this years ago to achieve balance in my professional
life and my parish life.
well presented-thought provoking and challenging. I'm going to reflect,
schedule and set boundaries to simplify my life, increase energy, and
follow my calling! ☺
Please have Martin
was so very helpful to me on my spiritual journey-more to think about.
Thank you for your words of wisdom; very down to earth presentation.
Martin was humorous and connected to the audience in a warm way. Thank
The best one yet!!
of research based information and concrete examples putting information
in a form that I can understand.
is a very insightful and intuitive man. I thoroughly enjoyed his
Martin Helldorfer was a keynote speaker at
this year's Healthcare
Human Resources Management Association of California held in Sacramento,
California on July 21 - 23. HHRMAC is affiliated with the
American Society for
Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the
Martin Helldorfer spoke on July 22, 2008 at
John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA. Martin's topic was: Leading
with Mind and Heart: Living a Balanced Life in a not-so-balanced World.
His focus was on why we work the way we do, the life beneath the one we are
living, the rewards of distorted work behaviors and how reflection can
improve our interactions with colleagues, staff and managers, and foster
On April 10, 2008, Martin Helldorfer was
interviewed on Colorado Matters, a program produced by Colorado Public
Radio, KCFR FM.
Listen to this brief interview where Martin discusses how he prepares
his weekly Thoughts from Mission (the origins of Healing with Heart), and
the issues of nurse recruitment, retention, burnout and the importance of
being a healing presence.
To schedule a speaking engagement, contact Moss Communications at