Bringing out the best.As you read this column, more than 1,000 employee assistance professionals will be gathering in Philadelphia to share ideas and discuss how we can improve out skills, out standards, and, most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially , the lives of those we serve. As we did in 2001, we will come together in the aftermath of a disaster, one that has displaced thousands of people in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and killed hundreds more. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the survivors and those who are helping as they rebuild their lives.
Disasters, especially large ones like Hurricane Katrina Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. , bring out the best and worst in people. We have seen images and heard stories of both--of emergency personnel conducting dramatic rescue operations, of families opening their homes to people who evacuated New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded , of scam artists using e-mail to solicit donations in hopes of stealing credit information. How people respond to Katrina and other crises depends on how prepared and resilient they are and how well they are supported and assisted afterward. Prevention, assistance, and case management, the basics of EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) A protocol that acts as a framework and transport for other authentication protocols. EAP uses its own start and end messages, but then carries any number of third-party messages between the client (supplicant) and access control services, can bring out the best for those who have been affected by Katrina.
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To increase the apparent size of, especially with a lens. our efforts to help meet the needs of individuals and businesses affected by Katrina and those who are survivors of other disasters. EAPA can serve as a clearinghouse for information about EAP providers in need of additional practitioners or employers needing EAP services. EAPA can also disseminate materials about workplace disasters, critical incident stress management Critical Incident Stress Management is an adaptive short term helping process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem to enable the individual(s) affected to return to their daily routine(s) more quickly and with a lessened likelihood of experiencing , and other pertinent topics and point EA professionals to external resources such as the American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. , the Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal agency responsible for coordinating emergency planning, preparedness, risk reduction, response, and recovery. The agency works closely with state and local governments by funding emergency programs and providing technical , and other governmental and private agencies.
I encourage all EA professionals to monitor the EAPA Website, www.eapassociation.org, for new developments and to contact the EAPA staff with any suggestions on how the association can respond to Katrina. I also urge everyone, especially those of you on the front lines in Louisiana and Mississippi, to share your ideas, experiences, and concerns with me or any member of the Communications Advisory Subcommittee. The subcommittee will meet in Philadelphia to consider theme topics for upcoming issues of the Journal of Employee Assistance, and we will use your input toward making these decisions.
As for this issue of the Journal, the focus is on health, wellness, and productivity and their interface with each other and with EAPs. Wellness programs have come a long way from their early days as workplace fitness centers. They now include health screenings, smoking cessation smoking cessation Public health Temporary or permanent halting of habitual cigarette smoking; withdrawal therapies–eg, hypnosis, psychotherapy, group counseling, exposing smokers to Pts with terminal lung CA and nicotine chewing gum are often ineffective. and weight loss programs, exercise classes, and many other initiatives. With health care costs rising at a double-digit pace in recent years, wellness programs have become more popular. Yet with global competition and an aging workforce putting pressure on profits and benefits, wellness programs also have come under more pressure to deliver cost-effective results.
How can EAPs integrate with wellness programs in an overall effort to improve workplace health and productivity? The four theme articles in this issue of the Journal, especially Bob Karch's explanation of the "big tent" approach to wellness and Beverly Beuermann-King's thoughts on ensuring leadership buy-in, offer some perspectives that may provoke discussion. The same can be said for the feature articles in this issue, especially David Miller's piece on the "faith at work" movement and Partie Porter and Cecily Sawyer-Harmon's argument for adding conflict mediation to the EAP Cote Technology.
As always, I appreciate any feedback you may have on this or any other edition of the Journal. And I hope to see many of you in Philadelphia in mid-October at the EAPA convention.
Let your voice be heard!
Maria Hartley, LEAP