Marla has done extensive public speaking, workshops, and trainings:

  • Adjunct faculty Wayne State University teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness, Grief & Loss, and DSM5
  • CBT and Mindfulness training
  • Mindful Parenting Symposiums Day and Weekend Retreats with focus on Loving Kindness Meditation, Meditation Walks, Tai Chi, and Yoga
  • Mindful Parenting presentation at Beaumont Health System’s Baby Fair, Parenting Symposium on behalf of The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness and Education.
  • Facilitated “Healing through Loving Kindness” Day Retreat with Venerable Bhante Sujatha, a Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka
  • Facilitated many Weekend Retreats for women & couples focusing on loving kindness meditation and yoga, with Venerable Bhante Sujatha and Michael Fronzcak-Founders of Sanatha Suwaya, A Retreat Center in Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Marla has practiced mindfulness and loving kindness meditation at day and weekend retreats with Venerable Bhante Sujatha and Michael Fronzcak since 2006. Marla has practiced meditation with Michael at Post Partum Groups she has facilitated and w her WSU students.
  • WDIV/Channel 4 interview 2015 regarding BRCA mutations
  • Cast in Pink & Blue documentary film 2016 regarding BRCA mutations
  • Grosse Pointe Beaumont Facilitated group 2015 on behalf of Force(facingourrisk.org) in Breast center for BRCA 1-2 genetic mutations
  • Guest lecturer on behalf of The Family Center in Grosse Pointe on a variety of mental health topics
  • Writer on behalf of The Family Center in the Grosse Pointe News
  •  2015 guest on In a heartbeat cable tv show regarding BRCA2 genetic mutations
  • Guest speaker at AHPeters and Resurrection Funeral Homes on Grief & Loss
  • Has taught as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Social Work at Wayne State University
  • She spoke at HFHS Conference on “Caring for Caregiver” in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, in conjunction with Carl Hammerschlag MD, who spoke on “Life Stories”.
  • Presented at Bon Secours Symposium, on “Juggling Life’s Changes and Challenges” in conjunction with Dr. Sonya Friedman.
  • “Spirituality and the Health Care Professional” presentation to IV Nurses of Michigan.
  • Facilitated “Sensitivity Training” for HFHS Leadership and Physicians.
  • Facilitated workshops at Senior Expo on “Joys of Aging”,”Get Older, Get Happier”, and “Caring for your Aging Parent-The Sandwich Generation”
  • Facilitated workshop “Building Healthy Relationships in the Workplace and Spirituality and the Healthcare Professional”
  • Inservice trainings for Henry ford Staff on “Living with Grief”
  • Appeared on Cable TV show,”Positively Positive” Celebrating 100 years of Professional Social Work,”What is the Role of a Social Worker”
  • Facilitated support group for Alzheimer’s Association, for six years, for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patient.
  • Marla facilitated support groups for those suffering from Peri-Natal Loss and divorce.
  • Marla also facilitated a weekly support group for those suffering from Post-Partum Depression, for The Tree of Hope Foundation.
  • Writing is one of Marla’s passions and she is also working on publishing her own writing.
  • Marla presented on Emotional and Psychological Development to the Graduate Women’s Health Nurse Practioner and Nurse Midwifery students at Wayne State University College of Nursing in March 2008.