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  • Nominations period for 2014 EAPA Board of Directors election opens today
  • Study measures causal relationship between EAPs, improved outcomes
  • Congress poised to pass major new mental health legislation
  • Brain wiring in college-aged occasional drug users may spur later addiction
  • 2014 EAPA Awards and Honors Committee seeks new members
  • Expertise in treating domestic violence of increasing value
  • EAPA, other groups combine to develop resources for bereaved workers
  • Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs
  • Exploring how men and women respond to stress
  • Random drug tests could be on the horizon in Canada
  • Failed intimate relationships create burdens for millennials
  • An advance in understanding drug 'habits' and their treatment

  • Nominations period for 2014 EAPA Board of Directors election opens today
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Beginning April 1, EAPA is accepting nominations for positions on EAPA's Board of Directors for the 2014-16 term of service. The nominations period will be open through Sunday, June 29. As in 2010 and 2012, the election will be conducted online. Board positions available for nomination are President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, four (4) USA based At-Large Directors, and three (3) non-USA based At-Large Directors. All nominators must be current voting members of EAPA. A candidate may nominate her/himself. All positions may be nominated by any eligible voting member, regardless of geographic location or residency. Nominations must be submitted on the online 2014 BOD Election Nomination Form. Should circumstances prohibit your ability to submit nominations online, you may contact Chris Drake on the EAPA staff at findir@eapassn.org or (703) 317-1000, ext. 305, for further instructions.
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    Study measures causal relationship between EAPs, improved outcomes
    Employee Benefit Adviser
    A new study suggests that EAP models with the proper construct and focus can facilitate meaningful and lasting behavior change that leads to a decrease in absenteeism, an increase in productivity and improved health from employees who presented with depression or alcohol use. The study, "Outcomes and Impact: Maximizing the Utility of Employee Assistance Programs," provided an illustration of the causal relationship between EAP participation and improved outcomes for employees who presented with depression or alcohol use.
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    Congress poised to pass major new mental health legislation
    ThinkProgress
    Congress is set to advance the first major new federal legislation to address the American mental health care system since the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School over one year ago. The legislation would "establish criteria for certified community behavioral health clinics to ensure the providers cover a broad range of mental health services — including 24-hour crisis care, increased integration of physical, mental, and substance abuse treatment so they are treated simultaneously rather than separately, and expanded support for families of people living with mental health issues," according to a press release from Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office.
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    Brain wiring in college-aged occasional drug users may spur later addiction
    University of California-San Diego via ScienceDaily
    Impaired neuronal activity has been found in the parts of the brain associated with anticipatory functioning among occasional 18- to 24-year-old users of stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and prescription drugs such as Adderall. The brain differences, detected using functional magnetic resonance imaging, are believed to represent an internal hard wiring that may make some people more prone to drug addiction later in life.
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    2014 EAPA Awards and Honors Committee seeks new members
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Each year, EAPA's annual awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievement of individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the EA profession and EAPA. Selection of award recipients is the responsibility of the EAPA Awards and Honors Committee. The 2014 EAPA Annual Awards will be presented during EAPA's 2014 Annual World EAP Conference in Orlando, Fla. Membership in the Awards Committee will require a total time commitment of two to four hours to review the electronically submitted award nominations (one to two hours) and participate in a one- to two-hour conference call to discuss and decide on award winners. The committee is looking for interested U.S. and non-U.S. members, working in external, internal and labor EA settings, to represent the diversity of EAPA's membership. Members of the committee are not eligible to receive an individual award. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please send an email to webeditor@eapassn.org. Include in your email a brief description of your current and previous roles as an EA professional. Questions can be sent to the same address.
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    Expertise in treating domestic violence of increasing value
    Counseling Today
    More than one-third of U.S. women (35.6 percent) and more than one-quarter of U.S. men (28.5 percent) have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to a recent survey by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Those statistics suggest that counselors of all specialties are likely to encounter clients who are familiar with the impact of domestic violence. Counselors with expertise in this area stress that the specter of domestic violence is a complicated issue that helping professionals must address with grace and competency.
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    EAPA, other groups combine to develop resources for bereaved workers
    The Independent
    One in 10 of the Irish workforce is directly affected by bereavement annually but managers and colleagues can find it difficult to know what is the best approach to supporting them at such a sad time. The Irish Hospice Foundation has now launched a resource pack aimed at helping managers and workers to help a bereaved colleague.
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    Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs
    The Christian Science Monitor
    VideoBrief From Los Angeles to Long Island, Chicago to New Orleans, parents and police are struggling with a rise in heroin use in suburban neighborhoods more often concerned with SAT scores and the length of lines at Starbucks. The rise is being driven by a large supply of cheap heroin in purer concentrations that can be inhaled or smoked, which often removes the stigma associated with injecting it with a needle.
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    Exploring how men and women respond to stress
    Good Therapy
    Recent research reveals that differences in stress management may be determined largely by gender. Of course, there are always exceptions and generalizing traits by gender can often feel a bit too simplistic, but a study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests that in times of stress, men become more self-centered while women become more prosocial.
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    Random drug tests could be on the horizon in Canada
    Canadian HR Reporter
    Canadian courts and arbitrators have proven that they have little appetite for random drug and alcohol testing of employees. But that hasn't stopped some employers from repeatedly tweaking the ingredients to see if they can find the perfect recipe to make peeing into a cup more palatable.
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    Failed intimate relationships create burdens for millennials
    The Huffington Post
    Millennial women have professional opportunities and life choices not available to generations before. Yet many engage in unhealthy and often damaging or abusive intimate relationships. These women frequently suffer from anxiety and depression and have low self-worth, much self-doubt, difficulty making decisions, and fears of being alone and of being rejected.
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    An advance in understanding drug 'habits' and their treatment
    University of Sydney via Medical Xpress
    Cocaine promotes habitual behaviors and these can potentially be reversed with the use of an antioxidant, according to research at the University of Sydney published in Neuropsychopharmacology. The tendency for drug-related and other behaviors to become habitual may present a significant challenge for drug-users as they are essentially having to change behavior overall, not just their drug-taking.
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