The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees and their immediate family members for access to free confidential help for personal or professional stressors. The EAP also provides a variety of educational services and resources to address the impacts of personal or professional stressors affecting organizational units.
Contacts and Locations
EAP is a resource for the following concerns:
- Stress Management
- Family Concerns
- Substance Abuse
- Relationship Difficulty
- Phase of Life – Transition Management
- Change Management
- Acute Stress at Work
- Compassion Fatigue
- Crisis Intervention
- Emotional Intelligence
- Fostering Positive Relationships at Work
- Generations in the Workplace
- Grieving the Loss of a Family/Team Member
- See additional Work-Life Resources. Note, the EAP does not offer financial or legal advice, but rather links to community services.
Management and prevention of stress are cornerstones of EAP service. Levels of intervention for the prevention and management of stressors are listed below.
Primary Prevention – taking action to reduce or eliminate sources of stress (stressors), and efforts to promote a positive, supportive work environment. Primary intervention is guided by early assessment and diagnosis of stress to identify specific stressors and whom they affect. An example of primary prevention is a stress audit, usually in the form of a self-report questionnaire, administered to employees on a site, departmental, or organization-wide basis.
Secondary Prevention – prompt detection and management of psychological stressors such as anxiety or depression by increasing individual and workplace awareness of stress and improving stress management ability. A variety of educational and development initiatives may prove useful to employees, managers, and the larger organization in recognizing the symptoms of individual, team, or organizational stress, and to broaden or develop coping capacity and resilience.
Tertiary Prevention – the rehabilitation and recovery process of individuals suffering from psychological or physical ill health as a consequence of exposure to a variety of stressors. Workplace counseling provided by the EAP is an example of tertiary prevention.