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Table of Contents
  • Updated EAP research bibliography now available online
  • Some therapists begin to share notes with patients
  • Constant crises take emotional toll on 911 operators
  • Alcohol abuse linked to decreased 'work trajectory'
  • 'Work Exchange' volunteers can earn FREE World EAP Conference registration
  • Is 'stress' an FMLA serious condition?
  • Taking aim at workplace bullies
  • Police suicides called 'a real epidemic'
  • Online psychotherapy gains fans and raises privacy concerns
  • Medical personnel look at how workplace affects patients
  • EA firm combines EAP, wellness

  • Updated EAP research bibliography now available online
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA has published the 2014 update of its comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of EAP Statistics and Research Articles. The bibliography, which includes hundreds of EAP-related research articles published in the U.S. and other countries from 2000 through June 2014, is a unique EAPA member benefit. Articles in the bibliography address EAP return-on-investment studies, program effectiveness research and other important topics. A brief summary of each article is included in the bibliography, along with the publication reference. EA professionals, HR decision-makers, benefits brokers and others will find the bibliography to be a valuable resource in making evidence-based decisions affecting the future of individual programs and even the profession. To access the bibliography, members will need their login (last name) and password (EAPA member number).
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    Some therapists begin to share notes with patients
    The New York Times
    "We're creating a revolution," said Dr. Tom Delbanco, a professor of medicine at Harvard and a proponent of giving patients access to notes by therapists as well as by physicians. "Some people are aghast." The pilot project has raised questions in the mental health community. Which patients will benefit and which might be harmed? How will the notes alter a therapeutic relationship built on face-to-face exchanges? What will be the impact on confidentiality and privacy?
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    Constant crises take emotional toll on 911 operators
    ABC News
    The 911 dispatchers, the literal first responders, go unrecognized for the life-saving work they do, and the emotional and psychological trauma also often goes unrecognized. It is work that can exact a significant toll on dispatchers, sometimes to the point of being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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    Alcohol abuse linked to decreased 'work trajectory'
    University Herald
    American researchers found that workers with alcohol use disorders — based on factors such as drinking more than intended or unsuccessful attempts to cut down on drinking — are more likely to have a flat or declining work trajectory. For the study, researchers studied the relationship between occupation and alcohol use disorders in workers followed up from early adulthood to middle age. They focused on the "substantive complexity" of work as an indicator of work trajectory-whether individuals were progressing in their careers in terms of factors such as decision latitude and expanded work abilities.
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    'Work Exchange' volunteers can earn FREE World EAP Conference registration
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA is seeking a group of "work exchange" volunteers for the upcoming 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando. Volunteering offers a unique "behind the scenes" perspective on the conference activities, as well as all the benefits of a FREE Best Value Package conference registration worth at least $740. Work exchange volunteers must be EAPA members and must be able to commit for the entire week of the conference — from Saturday, Sept. 27, through the evening of Thursday, Oct. 2. Interested members are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is July 25. Questions? Contact Debbie Mori, Manager of Association Services, at conference@eapassn.org.
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    Is 'stress' an FMLA serious condition?
    Business Management Daily
    Question: One of our employees is complaining of "stress and anxiety." Is that enough to put us on notice of a serious health condition under the FMLA?

    Answer: Courts have refused to require clairvoyance on the part of employers in interpreting requests for medical leave. Because a serious health condition is a prerequisite for FMLA leave, the employee must provide information suggesting that her health condition could be serious.

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    Taking aim at workplace bullies
    Human Resource Executive Online
    Anti-bullying legislation continues to gain momentum in state legislatures, with Tennessee becoming the first state to pass anti-bullying legislation. Proponents of anti-bullying legislation and experts believe other states could soon follow in the Volunteer State's footsteps, with some pointing to New York and Massachusetts as the most likely to pass anti-bullying laws that would also include private-sector employers. So far, 28 states have introduced anti-bullying legislation this year, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham, Wash. According to a 2012 SHRM study of around 400 HR practitioners, only 3 percent of organizations have a separate workplace bullying policy in place, while 40 percent include bullying as a part of another workplace policy. Thirteen percent indicated that they planned to put a policy in place in the next 12 months.
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    Police suicides called 'a real epidemic'
    Las Vegas Sun
    Officer Scott Miller placed a picture of his daughters on the dashboard of his car, then held the gun to his head three times. But he couldn't pull the trigger. The next morning, he called his wife and told her he needed help. She called Metro's Police Employee Assistance Program.
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    Online psychotherapy gains fans and raises privacy concerns
    NPR
    More and more people — especially millennials — are trying Web therapy. And mental health care providers are increasingly taking their services online. There's a real demand for this sort of therapy, says Bea Arthur, a licensed mental health counselor and the founder of Pretty Padded Room, which is based in New York.
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    Medical personnel look at how workplace affects patients
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    For the past two years, downtown's Turntable Health has used a team-based approach to improve primary and preventive care for patients of all ages, including those suffering from headaches and abdominal pain caused by the stress and anxiety they feel at work. Dr. Zubin Damania, founder of Turntable Health, was asked to move to Las Vegas from California in 2012 by Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh to fill the health care component of Hsieh's Downtown Project.
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    EA firm combines EAP, wellness
    BenefitsPro
    "Behavior is driving 75 percent of the health care costs in this country," noted E4 CEO Bill Mulcahy. "Our vision for the company from the very beginning was to build a business that combined the short-term behavioral changes of EA with the long-term behavioral changes of wellness."
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