Dr. Rick earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, he is also an ordained minister.  Dr. Marks is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a 12 year U.S. Navy veteran.  Dr. Marks has served in various capacities from senior manager at private psychiatric hospitals, graduate school professor, pastor of the family ministries of a 28,000 member church, and most recently, as Special Assistant of Healthy Family and Fatherhood Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Kansas.

Because the breakdown of the family affects the workplace, Dr. marks saw a need to teach healthy relationship skills in the workplace and developed a curriculum that sought to accomplish that task.  He developed Enriched Work Teams, a one day training that teaches healthy relationship skills in the workplace.  Additionally, his leadership video series is being used by the Metal Treating Association and the Culinary Association for training in leadership and management principles and skills.  Dr. Marks has presented at the FSAE annual conferences many times and has done trainings for BC/BS and other businesses.

Dr. Marks is the author of Relationships for Life.  In addition he is the co-author of a 22 hour intensive marriage education program for distressed marriages.  Dr. Marks is also a certified trainer for the relationship skills program, Adventures in Marriage and the premarital program titled; Start Smart.

Dr. Marks served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives from 2003-2007. Dr. Marks has been a keynote and conference speaker in conferences such as FSAE, Metal Treating Associations Management training seminars, Smartmarriages, North American Conference for Divorced and Separated Catholics, and Association of Marriage and Family Ministries.  He conducts relationship and single adult retreats around the country as well as seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the workplace.  He wrote articles for local publications in the Jacksonville, Florida area and served for over two years as a relationship expert on The Morning Show in Jacksonville bi-weekly.

Currently, Dr. Rick is Vice President of Live the Life, Inc., based in Jacksonville, Fl.  www.livethelife.org

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