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  • Needs of employee assistance programs vary around globe
  • Discounted online registration rates for World EAP Conference end Friday, Oct. 11
  • Employers face hurdles in engaging workers with EAPs
  • Online tools widen access to EAP services
  • Domestic violence: The hidden workplace issue
  • Collaborating with clients to remove barriers to treatment
  • Mental health awareness, coping strategies key for employers
  • Disability coverage changing with the times
  • International wellness needs a balanced approach
  • Bargain-hunting may lead to fewer health insurance choices
  • Care continues for Navy Yard victims
  • America's vacation deprivation bad for workers, employers
  • Psychiatrist focuses on populations in health delivery services

  • Needs of employee assistance programs vary around globe
    Employee Benefits
    Johnson and Johnson introduced an employee assistance program in 1977 to deal primarily with substance abuse issues among its 50,000 U.S. staff. However, the concept of holistic health led to a desire to broaden its EAP's scope, says Janice Lenehan, the pharmaceutical firm's worldwide director of employee assistance. In 2004, she was tasked with globalizing the EAP for the decentralized organization's 120,000 staff in 67 countries across more than 250 companies. Today, 90 percent of its workforce is covered by an EAP, and it has a different program in each country.
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    Discounted online registration rates for World EAP Conference end Friday, Oct.11
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Time is running out to register at discounted online rates for what is shaping up to be the best World EAP Conference ever! Lower online rates are available only through Friday, Oct. 11. Onsite registration for pre-conference training courses and full or daily conference registrations will be open starting Tuesday, Oct. 15, and last through the conference. The Affordable Care Act has important implications — both opportunities and threats — to the EAP field. Learn what they are and make the networking connections you need at this year's premier EAP Conference.
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    Employers face hurdles in engaging workers with EAPs
    Bloomberg BNA
    Some employers have seen increased use of EAP services when they combine the assistance program with other offerings, such as legal and financial services, said Terri Rhodes, executive director of the Disability Management Employer Coalition. "When employees do use EAP services, there are much better results" in stress management, anxiety management and other mental health issues, Rhodes said.
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    Online tools widen access to EAP services
    Employee Benefit News
    Now more than ever, EAP providers offer convenient service delivery options to get plan participants the help they need. Managers, meanwhile, also benefit from EAPs through access to expert advice to help develop employee policies, diffuse real-time problems and keep the workplace safe.
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    Domestic violence: The hidden workplace issue
    The Guardian
    One in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Hearing figures like that was "a lightbulb moment" for Lorna Gavin, head of corporate social responsibility at law firm Wragge & Co. After launching an employee awareness and information campaign, dozens of the firm's victims came forward.
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    Collaborating with clients to remove barriers to treatment
    Counseling Today
    Recent research from the University of Phoenix has revealed that even if the stigma surrounding mental health counseling is on the decline, there are still barriers in the way of people receiving that treatment. But Leslie Baker, an American Counseling Association member who worked on the study, said that a proactive relationship between counselors and clients can decrease some of those barriers.
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    Mental health awareness, coping strategies key for employers
    Lexology
    With experts advising that 45 percent of Australians will experience some form of mental illness in their lives, both awareness and adequate coping strategies are critical for employers. It is not a question of setting the systems in place for when you might employ someone with mental illness: the chances are that you already do.
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    Disability coverage changing with the times
    Financial Post
    In today's working world, disability costs are becoming a growing area of concern for employers. Workplace and personal pressures leave employees less time to cope, and even less time to take part in preventive, health promoting activities. As a result, there has been a significant escalation in the frequency, duration and costs associated with disability claims.
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    International wellness needs a balanced approach
    Employee Benefits
    Traditionally, employers have managed health by providing isolated medical benefits. However, as benefits costs have continued to rise, employers now have to balance providing the best benefits package with a need to contain cost. A good wellness program will enable an employer to measure and manage the health risks of its employee population, and will help to reduce costs.
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    Bargain-hunting may lead to fewer health insurance choices
    Reuters
    Nobody wants their health benefits cut, but a funny thing happens when U.S. consumers shop for plans on their own: They buy less coverage than they had before. That "buying low" behavior observed in data collected by consulting companies like Aon Hewitt and Liazon Corp may soon happen much more often.
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    Care continues for Navy Yard victims
    Navy News via Military.com
    Teams made up of psychologists, chaplains, corpsmen and religious program specialists comprise an immediate crisis response team who has had more than 9,000 interactions with uniformed and civilian employees from the Washington Navy Yard since the shooting incident Sept. 16. Interactions ranged from phone calls to group counseling for Navy Yard employees and families seeking support.
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    America's vacation deprivation bad for workers, employers
    Employee Benefit News
    Taking time off to unwind and recharge supports employees' mental, emotional and physical well-being. So why don't they use all their vacation days?
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    Psychiatrist focuses on populations in health delivery services
    Psychiatric News
    The perspective of psychiatrist Benjamin Druss, has caused him to look beyond simply merging mental health and primary care to a broader vision that can include a range of social and rehabilitative services—and for that reason, Druss said that he prefers the term "population-based care." He said, "We call it integration, but what we really mean to do is to make sure that patients get all the kinds of services they need and that those services extend across whole populations of people, even those who aren't presenting for services."
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