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PICT0048ORLANDO, Fla. – “Imagine…” was the theme at the Annual World EAP Conference, held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.

DAY THREE – The third day of the conference began with a keynote address, “From Imagination to Implementation” by David Mineta who oversees the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Mr. Mineta described how he sees the EAP’s role in a paradigm shift that has substance use clients moving through EAP to treatment to community resources. He also answered questions from a roundtable panel immediately following his keynote.

Video Counseling: Digital Delivery of EAP Clinical Services was led by Stan Pope and Barbara Veder with Shepell.fgi. This interactive session examined the role of video counseling as an innovative opportunity for supporting current and future employees. The presenters discussed the findings and lessons they’ve learned since launching video counseling in Canada in September 2011.

While attending “formal” sessions is certainly useful at most any conference, the importance of more informal learning, networking – and just plain fun – can’t be overlooked either! Chestnut Global Partners (www.chestnutglobalpartners.org) again hosted a terrific reception, this time at the Fulton Crab House in Downtown Disney.

DAY FOUR – EAPA’s annual World EAP Conference wrapped up its last morning with its annual fun run/walk, keynote from Neal McCord with Give Kids the World Village, and the annual awards luncheon and address from outgoing EAPA President Steven Haught, and look to the future by incoming President Lucy Henry.

Current State of EAP in China was led by a panel of four Chinese EA professionals, and was translated from Chinese into English. The presentation outlined the development of EAP in China, its structure, growth, and future.

Last, but certainly not least, conference attendees had the rare opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families from around the world who are facing life-threatening illnesses at Give Kids the World Village, where attendees delivered gifts, greeted families, decorated cookies and assisted with other volunteer activities.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference in San Diego! Kudos to EAPA for another job well done!DSCF0122

Watch for more conference highlights and articles in future issues of the Journal of Employee Assistance and Employee Assistance Report (see http://www.eapassn.org and “Employee Assistance Professionals” tab at http://www.impact-publications.com respectively).

CAPTIONS: Above — The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, site of this year’s World EAP Conference, attended by EA professionals from 39 countries!  Right — JEA and EAR Editor Mike Jacquart on the Dumbo ride at Disney… or should that be Dumbo on the Mike ride?