Opening January 20, 2017

The Employee Assistance Professionals Association invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2017 World EAP Conference, Oct. 4 – 6, Los Angeles, California, USA. Each presenter will be asked to address the:

  • direct link between their presentation topic and the workplace;
  • use of technology;
  • workplace outcomes measured (via Workplace Outcome Suite or other measures);
  • application to addictions and behavioral health in the workplace.


  Conference Theme

Lights! Camera! Action!  Premiering a New Era in Employee Assistance 

Creativity, innovation and energy abound in the city of Los Angeles!  What better location to showcase new ideas and changes in the way employee assistance services are being designed and re-designed to address the arrival of the millennial generation in the workforce. This is your opportunity to highlight advancements in the use of technology to deliver EA services, implementation of evidence-based practices, share innovative programs and promotional strategies and the evidence-base for demonstrating value.

  Focus Areas

A Star is (Re)born: Employee Assistance and the Workplace

EAPA 2017 ushers into a new era of focus on workplace based or workplace focused EA service delivery, application, outcomes, training, intervention, and assessment.  This year's conference challenges you to make the connections between your subject matter expertise and working with HR, labor, employee relations, equal opportunity, legal, worker's compensation, drug testing, training, and occupational health and safety to improve the way in which work organizations function and employee well-being. How can these functional areas interface with employee assistance integrate evolving public policy issues such as the legalization of marijuana, changes in safety regulations into the workplace? Presentations in this area may include an exploration of various roles EA professionals may take such as the role of ombudsman role, management coach, and more.  They may also include areas such as expediting return to work after a temporary disability, building organizational resiliency, etc.

Award-Winning Approaches to Addressing Addiction and Behavioral Health in the Workplace

Providing effective services requires constant attention to changing work environments including increasingly mobile and global employees, cultural and linguistic competence, the workplace effect of changing social and cultural norms re: marriage, gender roles and gender identity, and the workplace challenge of both medical marijuana and allowable recreational use. Meeting the service demand of client work organizations beyond behavioral health into wellness, employee well-being, engagement, work team effectiveness, addressing employee conflict, and innovative consultation and training provided work organization leaders. Presentations in this focus area need to demonstrate how EAPs provide innovative services to work organizations and how those services tangibly support strategic and business goals of the client work organizations.

Glamour & Glitches in the Application of New Technology 

Work organizations have an expectation that their workforce will employ current communication technologies, telecommute, travel globally, and do what needs to be done to drive productivity. Those same work organizations expect EA services on demand, delivered with similar communications technologies, and integrated with their overall approaches to employee support, regardless of time or place. In the U.S., integrating telehealth with EA services and behavioral health offerings has lagged behind other countries. The migration to tablets, phablets, smart phones, and wearable biometric technologies challenges EA providers to keep up with ways for employees to access EA services. Presentations in this area need to address tangible approaches to handle Issues of online security, using appropriate database technologies, adapting websites for mobile devices, development or use of  behavioral health apps, innovative use of social media, and resolution of issues re: employment law and employee privacy. Presenters must note how EA service providers can utilize emerging technologies to administer their EA service to client work organizations and their employees. 

The Changing Face of Employee Assistance.

The fundamental concerns employees present to EA service providers continues to include substance abuse, other addictions, domestic violence, personal relationship challenges, aging family members, financial needs, anxiety and depression, stress, strained peer/supervisor relationships, difficulty responding to workplace expectations and changes, and more. Prescription drug use, overdoses, suicide, and veteran re-entry issues continue to challenge the workplace and employees alike. Presentations that demonstrate innovative responses to these many issues must address current and emerging best-practices in the delivery of EA services to employees and family members.

Workplace Outcomes of Employee Assistance Services.

While the application of evidence-based EA intervention / service techniques and screening instruments has entered the EAP repertoire, and research studies continue to document reductions in costs, productivity gains, and improvements in employee health and well-being, there still is a need for ongoing research re: EA practice, service, or approach. Presentations in this focus area need to address tangible ways to demonstrate EA service value and utility to client work organizations and their employees, and may include poster presentations, dissertations, original research, and practical applications of evidence-based practices in EAP and workplace settings. 

  Proposal Review Process

The EAPA Conference Program Planning Panel will select presentations and presenters that reflect the highest standards in EA practice.  Selected sessions will reflect cultural, individual and role differences including those based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, age, and disability. EAPA strives to adhere to ADA requirements for attendee accessibility. 

In early March 2017, all presenters will be notified of the panel's decision via e-mail.

Closing Credits Roll: February 17, 2017

Conference Session Information       Pre-Conference Course Information

  Jan Price, Director, Education and Credentialing, or 703-387-1000 Ext. 340.