EAP NewsBrief
Sep. 3, 2013

NIH study: Chronic alcohol use shifts brain's control of behavior
National Institutes of Health
Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes of Health.More

Psychologists join other licensed & certified professions in ability to 'double dip' for CE credits at 2013 World EAP Conference
Employee Assistance Professionals Assofciation
The educational program of EAPA's 2013 World EAP Conference is now co-sponsored by the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). AzPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a result, psychologists attending the Conference will be eligible to earn up to 30.25 category 1 credit hours, in addition to PDHs from the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC). Counselors/therapists needing CE credits from NASW, NAADAC, NBCC and the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences can also earn CE credits toward their licenses and certifications simultaneously while earning PDHs. More

Employers focus on aligning global benefits, including EAPs
Employee Benefits
Employers have been increasing their focus on aligning employee benefits globally. While some benefits lend themselves to global alignment, difficulties can arise for employers in the delivery of these benefits. "There are certain benefits or programs that are better suited [to go global], such as an employee assistance program or a health risk assessment program," said Justin Crossland, senior consultant in Towers Watson's international consulting group.More

Reversing workplace mistrust, anger and tension
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Employee assistance and HR professionals are often called in to assist when interpersonal issues affect the productivity of a workgroup. Every day, work teams create environments that are either cohesive or adversarial. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Anna Maravelas will present a pre-conference training course at EAPA's 2013 World EAP Conference to provide the tools EA professionals need to address anger and tension and to de-escalate conflict in the workplace. Her course last year was the most popular of the pre-conference trainings. These proven strategies have been featured in publications including HR Magazine, Harvard Management Update and Oprah Magazine. More

Multicultural competence requires a continual pursuit
Counseling Today
Once you master the skill of riding a bike, you will always be able to ride a bike, or so the theory goes. But counselors would be mistaken if they apply that same logic to multicultural competence, says Michael Brooks, president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association. Instead, he says, remaining multiculturally competent requires constant work, study and development as counselors move through their careers.More

Project leverages big data to prevent veteran suicides
Suicide has grown to epidemic proportions among U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Pentagon and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are hoping that social media and big data can help them identify at-risk veterans and get them the care they need. Identifying people who are at risk of committing suicide is a tricky thing. Often, the people who are the most in need of help are the least likely to seek it.More

Expert cites job stress for 18-percent depression rate in Qatar
The Peninsula
About 18 percent of the population in Qatar suffer from depression and a large number of such cases are associated with work-related stress. Working people, especially those aged between 20 and 34 are at higher risk for depression, according to Dr. Suhaila Ghuloum, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Hamad Medical Corporation. Shame and the fear of stigma and dismissal prevent many people with depression from seeking help, and the majority of those with depression try to mask their mental health difficulties to avoid workplace discrimination.More

Progressive firms put employee health at heart of strategies
Employee Benefit News
Implementing a successful wellness program starts with awareness, but with time and experience, employers "are expanding their program beyond health risks to address the whole person — behavioral psychology, physical health, social well-being and career well-being," explains Gina Payne, national director of wellness at CBIZ Employee Services.More

New criteria increase number of men with depression
USA Today
A new study finds that depression may be far more common in men than previously estimated. Women traditionally have been diagnosed with depression about twice as often as men, with about 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lives. In the past decade, however, some researchers have suggested that they simply weren't asking the right questions when talking to men.More

Younger workers most likely to fall into unhealthy habits
Workplace Savings and Benefits
Younger workers are more likely to fall into unhealthy habits at work while older workers are most prone to health problems resulting from work-related stress, research has found. Despite these statistics, older workers seemed less likely to have access to healthy living benefits or initiatives from their employer.More

Use of mood stabilizers for bipolar disorders
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The term mood stabilizer first originated with the use of lithium salts when it was discovered they could assist with alleviating mania. Since the introduction of lithium to the United States in 1969, other drugs have been approved and released into the market as mood stabilizers. Along with lithium, other mood stabilizers such as lamotrigine, carbamazepine, valproate and atypical antipsychotics such as olanzapine and aripiprazole have been approved for the prevention of mania, acute mania treatment and depression associated with bipolar disorder.More