The training program is a joint production of Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA), Employee Assistance Societies of North America (EASNA), NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), and the Center for Clinical Social Work. It brings together the tools that employee assistance professionals need to screen clients for risky drinking, deliver effective counseling, refer and co-manage with addiction specialists EAP clients with serious problems, and provide successful case management and follow-up.
Dr. Goplerud and Dr. McPherson brought together the nation’s leading experts and professional associations to develop this joint EAP training program. The BIG Initiative and the EAP industry as a whole are collaborating to ensure all professionals working in this field are skilled in delivering this core EAP service.
All of the training materials are designed to match the needs of employee assistance clinicians. The training will be available for webinar and face-to-face educational programs and for self-study on the Internet or on paper. The specifics of these modalities are described in the Section labeled: Matching Training to Your Needs and Your Schedule. The Employee Assistance Professional’s Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment is
designed for the real world. The program uses video and audio models of
EAP situations, role play, and feedback so that clinicians can learn
and practice new skills.
The program has many brief, 2 to 4 minute web training videos that show both appropriate and inappropriate SBIRT techniques. The
video examples use typical EAP situations in which the clinician can
see counselors like themselves working with EAP clients who have alcohol
and drug problems.
into each training segment are tests of learner’s knowledge and skill
sets. In addition, there will be a post-learning test of competency
following completion of the training. Supplementary
materials such as questionnaires, practice scripts, clinical tools,
research articles, and links to additional training resources will be
education credits (CEUs/PDHs) will be offered free or at very low cost
by the collaborating professional associations for clinicians
successfully completing the program and passing the tests.