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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – “Blue Sky in San Diego: EAP in the 21st Century” was the theme at EAPA’s 2015 World photo 5 (15)EAP Conference, held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in beautiful San Diego, California.

Some of the highlights will be posted on this blog. Watch for more highlights and articles in future issues of the Journal of Employee Assistance (JEA) and Employee Assistance Report (EAR) – see http://www.eapassn.org and the “Employee Assistance Professionals” tab at http://www.impact-publications.com respectively.

DAY ONE – The first-ever Critical Incident Response Summit, sponsored by the Crisis Care Network, brought together industry thought leaders to explore the question, “What do corporate customers want from CIR services, and how can we better meet those needs?Les Kertay, Ph.D., medical director with CCN, presented a keynote on the implications of individual and organizational photo 2 (15)resilience for CIR, EAP, and absence management. A panel discussion, comprised of representatives from the finance, security and IT, and health care professions, talked about the organizational challenges that follow disruptive events in their unique industries. Gary DeFraia, Ph.D., led the afternoon keynote that focused on organizational outcomes following disruptive workplace events.

The annual EAPA Marketplace Grand Opening Reception was held that same evening. The event is a great way to meet the conference exhibitors to network and see what types of products and services they have to offer. Some of the nearly 100 vendors included: Cancer and Careers, Chestnut Global Partners, Crisis Care Network, Empathia, Inc./Black Swan Solutions, Optum International, and Sundown M Ranch.