BALTIMORE, MD — “Embarking on a new voyage: embracing the currents of change” was the theme at the Annual World EAP Conference, held Oct. 17-20, 2012 at the Hilton in Baltimore. Some of the highlights will be posted on this blog. Watch for more highlights and articles in future issues of the Employee Assistance Report and Journal of Employee Assistance (see “Employee Assistance Professionals” tab at www.impact-publications.com ) and www.eapassn.org respectively).
DAY ONE – Not to confuse, but my “day one” actually began with the EAPA Marketplace Grand Opening Reception on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17. The event is a great way to meet the conference vendors to see what products and services they offer, etc. Some of the many vendors included: Aetna, American Substance Abuse Professionals, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Crisis Care Network, Hazelden, SAMHSA, and many others.
Oct. 18 – Herschel Walker, former NFL star running back and 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, presented the opening keynote. Many attendees considered his discussion both humorous and enlightening. In addition to his gridiron accomplishments, Herschel also discussed his battles with dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Herschel showed how the disorder actually played an integral role in his accomplishments, and how he learned to live with DID. It was truly inspirational, and you didn’t have to be a football fan to appreciate it.
Quick Click to a Healthy Mind: How Online Screening Impacts Modifiable Behavior — Presented by Candice Porter, MSW, LICSW, attendees learned about the considerations involved in providing online mental health screening.
Are EAPs Better Onsite or Offsite? – Offered by Dave Sharar, John Pompe, and Matt Mollenhauer, presenters discussed, among other areas, the strengths and limitations of onsite and offsite EAP services.
Finding Chi: Providing Culturally Competent Competent EAP Services in Asia — Presented by Ian Shakespeare, senior vice president with Asia Pacific, PPC Worldwide, andPaul Yin, psychologist and cross culture expert, this was an extremely informative session as well as being important to the profession as a whole, given the growth of EAP in China.
Answer to Day One Question – China, with 24 representatives at the World EAP Conference.
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