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Table of Contents
  • US public policy changes will change EAP services, treatment options
  • EAPA announces results of 2014-2016 Board of Directors elections
  • Mindfulness training may assuage early-life trauma
  • 5 things that make a psychologically healthy workplace
  • In move to curb drug abuse, DEA tightens rule on widely prescribed painkiller
  • Many women leave engineering, blame the work culture
  • Work-related psychosocial risk factors for long-term sick leave
  • Workplace stress: What is the role of positive mental health?
  • The longitudinal prediction of costs due to healthcare uptake and productivity losses
  • Staff data could boost well-being and motivation by 2020

  • US public policy changes will change EAP services, treatment options
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is re-shaping U.S. policy about substance use disorders to include greater emphasis on reducing demand, especially for misuse of prescription drugs. The new emphasis recognizes — as EAPs have long known — that substance use disorders are chronic conditions requiring support beyond primary treatment. The White House Office (ONDCP) envisions much more emphasis on clients moving through EAP to treatment to "new paradigm" community resources (such as recovery cooperatives) to peer support networks in businesses and industries. David Mineta, ONDCP Deputy Director, will highlight these significant shifts in policy and expectations, including the implications of the ACA, during his Keynote Presentation on Day 2 of EAPA's 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando. Other conference sessions addressing changes in EAP caused by changing laws and public policy include two sessions on the implications of legalized recreational and medical marijuana, and sessions on new ASAM criteria, recovery cooperatives, and the prescription drug epidemic.
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    EAPA announces results of 2014-2016 Board of Directors elections
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Election results are in! Lucy Henry will lead EAPA's Board of Directors as President during the upcoming 2014-2016 term. Joining Lucy on the Executive Committee will be Tamara Cagney as President-Elect, Pam Ruster as Secretary/Treasurer, and Steve Haught as Immediate Past President. Directors from outside the U.S. will be Michele Grow fromAustralia, Kaoru Ichikawa from Japan, and Tshifhiwa Mamaila from South Africa. Directors from the U.S. will be Lee Ann Aden, Dan Hughes, Bryan Hutchinson, and Randi Wood. The new Board will take office on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the Annual Awards Luncheon and President's Address during the 2014 World EAP Conference in Orlando. Also at the Awards Luncheon, Lucy Henry will present her strategic vision for moving EAPA forward over the next two years, and EAPA will recognize significant contributions to the field by individual members, EAPA chapters and branches, and outstanding EA programs.
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    Mindfulness training may assuage early-life trauma
    Scientific American
    But in the last 50 years, many stress risks, perceived and real, have grown worse: extreme weather, violent conflict, economic dislocation, poverty (especially for children), abuse and domestic violence. Traumatic and chronic stress affects millions. Many become sick and marginalized because of it; others manage to survive and thrive. What explains the difference?
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    5 things that make a psychologically healthy workplace
    PayScale
    If you have ever torn your hair out wondering if you are going crazy at work, it is just possible that you're OK, and the workplace is to blame. The American Psychological Association recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are most likely to increase your motivation, your confidence and your job performance. There are five general areas in which employers may pass or fail the psychologically healthy workplace "test."
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    In move to curb drug abuse, DEA tightens rule on widely prescribed painkiller
    The New York Times
    Recently, the federal government tightened the prescribing for the most common form of painkiller in the country, the final step in a policy shift that has been years in the making. The stricter rule for hydrocodone, which is the most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States and which is an ingredient in drugs like Vicodin, is one of the most far-reaching efforts to stop the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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    Many women leave engineering, blame the work culture
    NPR
    From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field. Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest push backs female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.
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    Work-related psychosocial risk factors for long-term sick leave
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    The objective of this study was to examine the effect of work-related psychosocial exposures on long-term sick leave in the general working population.
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    Workplace stress: What is the role of positive mental health?
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    The objective of this study was to examine whether positive mental health — a positively focused well-being construct— moderates the job stress–distress relationship.
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    The longitudinal prediction of costs due to healthcare uptake and productivity losses
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    The objective of this study was to examine how various predictors and subgroups of respondents contribute to the prediction of healthcare and productivity costs in a cohort of employees.
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    Staff data could boost well-being and motivation by 2020
    Employee Benefits
    Data monitoring and profiling using employees' personal data could help employers to improve staff well-being and boost motivation levels, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Its "The future of work: A journey to 2022" report, which surveyed 10,000 employees and 500 HR professionals globally, found that nearly a third of respondents (30 percent) would be happy for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles
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