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Table of Contents
  • EAPA introduces specialty certificate for EA network providers
  • Is marketing the key to a successful EAP?
  • The Brave New World of DSM-5: Are you ready?
  • Is it possible to implement a global health and well-being program?
  • EAPs help foster mentally well workforce, bolster bottom line
  • Research: Recording day's positive outcomes helps combat stress
  • EAPs can help in managing employees during tough circumstances
  • Research renaissance offers new ways out of depression
  • How can employers encourage true behavior change in employees?
  • Profession undergoing a paradigm shift in counseling philosophy
  • Report: Why benefit strategies are failing younger workers
  • How a positive attitude might save a life

  • EAPA introduces specialty certificate for EA network providers
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Developed in collaboration with a team of EAP network managers, the Employee Assistance Specialist — Clinical (EAS-C) Certificate provides recognition to licensed mental health practitioners who are serving (or want to serve) as EAP network affiliate providers. Candidates for the certificate must hold at least a master's degree in a clinical field and a license (where required by law) appropriate for independent clinical practice. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, EAPA will present the required six-hour training course for the EAS-C as a pre-conference training at EAPA's 2013 World EAP Conference. This course is ideal for clinicians looking to join EA network provider panels or those already on panels wanting to achieve preferred status.
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    Is marketing the key to a successful EAP?
    By Darla Ferrara
    Employee assistance programs face an interesting conundrum. They must prove their worth to both the company's administration and the employees they serve. In the current economic climate, businesses are looking to cut benefits, not add to them. EAPs are fighting to stay relevant by demonstrating their value, and that means effective marketing. They should approach advertising the same way any business does, and that starts with developing a strategy.
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    The Brave New World of DSM-5: Are you ready?
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    DSM-5 contains significant changes, including removal of the multi-axial system, new dimensional ratings, re-conceptualization of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders, addition of a childhood Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and much more. The relationship between mood, anxiety and addictive disorders was much debated, leading to the attempt to describe them as spectrum-disorders with overlapping symptom-pictures. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Dr. Michelle Packard will present a pre-conference training course at EAPA's 2013 World EAP Conference to explain the controversies in the world's most-used behavioral-health nomenclature system and to prepare EA network providers, EA professionals and other clinicians to deal effectively with far-reaching changes in mental health practice.
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    Is it possible to implement a global health and well-being program?
    Employee Benefits
    Multinational organizations that roll out a health and well-being program across a variety of countries should consider the different risk factors in different regions, and must imbed specific interventions to suit particular workforce needs. Some health issues are often individualized, which is one of the main challenges, but many multinational employers have employee assistance programs in place to help their global workforces.
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    EAPs help foster mentally well workforce, bolster bottom line
    HR.BLR
    Remember founding father Ben Franklin's advice that ends in, "Healthy, wealthy and wise?" There is no place where the interconnectedness of those very attributes Franklin championed are more evident than in the workforce. Modest spending in programs to bolster employees' mental health infrastructure, as viewed through the prism of employee assistance programs, health insurance programs and wellness plans and disease management should easily pass the litmus test of a cost-benefit analysis.
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    Research: Recording day's positive outcomes helps combat stress
    The Wall Street Journal
    Forthcoming research from the Academy of Management Journal shows that workers reported lower stress levels in the evenings after spending a few minutes jotting down positive events at the end of the day, along with why those things made them feel good. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, University of Florida and others, tracked a group of workers over 15 days, logging their blood pressure and reported stress symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches, and observed changes as they wrote down their accomplishments, such as leading a successful sales call or a presentation that earned a manager's praise.
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    EAPs can help in managing employees during tough circumstances
    Business 2 Community
    If you're a boss, chances are you're going to have an employee who runs into a tough life circumstance. These circumstances aren't a reflection of an employee's character or ability to work, but they do prevent your employee from effectively getting the job done. As an employer, what do you do?
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    Research renaissance offers new ways out of depression
    Reuters
    A renaissance in research into depression prompted by some remarkable results with highly experimental treatments has changed the way neuroscientists see the disorder and is offering hope for patients who had feared there was nowhere left to go. Their drive to find an answer has taken neuroscientists to uncharted waters - researching everything from psychedelic magic mushrooms, to the veterinary tranquilizer ketamine, to magnetic stimulation through the skull, to using electrical implants — a bit like a pacemaker for the brain — to try and reset this complex organ's wiring and engender a more positive outlook.
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    How can employers encourage true behavior change in employees?
    Benefits Canada
    Study after study has proven that exercise and eating right are key factors in reducing stress and avoiding disease, but what can employers do to encourage employees to do the right thing? Researchers have spent a lot of time attempting to determine which tool—a carrot or a stick—is most effective for changing behavior. It's actually both.
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    Profession undergoing a paradigm shift in counseling philosophy
    Counseling Today
    Counseling theory has matured from its early focus on individuals. Now there is an evolving focus on the social consensualizing of problems and solutions. This appears to be occurring in emerging therapies such as solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy, which are social constructivist in their underpinnings.
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        NIH study: Chronic alcohol use shifts brain's control of behavior (National Institutes of Health)
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    New criteria increase number of men with depression (USA Today)
    Use of mood stabilizers for bipolar disorders (By Dr. Abimbola Farinde)

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    Report: Why benefit strategies are failing younger workers
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    Benefits packages currently on offer to employees are not fit for purpose and are missing the mark in particular for younger workers, latest research shows. The report from Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions — Talking About My Generation: Exploring the Benefits Engagement Challenge, authored by Liverpool University director of employability and educational opportunities Paul Redmond — finds there are now up to five generations in the workplace and considers how relevant current benefits packages are to younger employees in today's multigenerational workforce.
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    How a positive attitude might save a life
    The Times
    Health and happiness. Are the two linked? Multiple studies have shown that a positive outlook on life reaps many tangible benefits: "'Happy' people cope better with stress and trauma, are more resilient, have stronger immune systems, and live longer," says Barbara Santay, therapist for Franciscan Alliance's Employee Assistance Program.
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