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Employee Assistance Specialist - Clinical
Certificate of Recognition (EAS-C)
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Registration is now open for the NEW online version of the EA Specialist course! Register now!
Registration is now open for the Dallas, Texas EAS-C training on Jan. 29, 2015
Registration is now open for the Washington DC EAS-C training on February 19 ,2015
What is the EAS-C?
An exciting new certificate training course for EAP network affiliate providers in the United States offered and endorsed by EAPA!
The EA Specialist - Clinician (EAS-C) certificate of recognition program was developed by a team of experts to provide licensed mental health professionals in the U.S. with a unique opportunity to get an insider’s view of providing EA services as an extension of private practice. The course explains the unique aspects of EA practice and include tips for identifying the types of services affiliates provide for EAP vendors, as well as detailed information which may help providers increase EAP referrals. Certificate course completion includes a free one-year listing in EAPA’s EAS-C database, which is specifically marketed to EAP network managers.
Training participants learn about EAPs from the perspectives of work organizations, EAP vendors, and network providers; the similarities and differences between working with mental\behavioral health clients and EAP clients; insider information that can help build their EAP referral business. Course prerequisites include being a mental health professional with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in an EAP related field as well as being licensed for independent clinical practice as required by applicable law. The course is offered live at locations around the country, and is also available online.
Special bonus: Certificate course completion includes a FREE one-year listing in EAPA’s EAS-C database, specifically marketed to EAP network managers!
You will learn about:
- EAPs from the perspectives of work organizations, EAP vendors, and network providers;
- The similarities and differences between working with mental\behavioral health clients and EAP clients;
- Tips and insider information that can help you build your EAP referral business.
Course prerequisites: In order to attend this course and qualify for the EAS-C, you must 1) be a mental health professional with a minimum of a Master's Degree in an EAP related field; and 2) licensed for independent clinical practice as required by applicable law. License must be current/active.
PDH/CE Contact Hour Information:
Earn 6 hours of PDHs (classroom and online)
EAPs: Approved for 6 PDHs in Domains I, II, III by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
CE Contact hours for classroom version of the course
Addiction Professionals: NAADAC CEUs (classroom version only)
Social Workers: NASW Approved CE contact hours (classroom version only)
Professional Counselors: NBCC CEUs (classroom version only)
Marriage & Family Therapists: California Board of Behavioral Sciences CEUs (Classroom version only)
CE Contact hours for online version of the course may be purchased through CEcredit.com.
"EAPA provided the vision and leadership for this initiative, then assembled a team of highly trained and experienced professionals cutting across many sectors of the EAP industry. It was my honor to be part of such a high quality process and team that invested numerous hours in creating a meaningful 6 hour training out of volumes of information. I will confidently refer clinicians interested in adding EAP specialization to their repertoire to this training." Judi Beahan, Clinical Manager, Crisis Care Network
"As a network manager, I get many calls from providers that want to be on EAP networks to increase their number of referrals. They do so without skills or understanding about what EAP work is all about or think that the volume of EAP work that they do makes them 'experienced.' Though the CEAP and EAPA membership should be the ultimate goal, it is beneficial to have a training that providers can attend that will give consistent, valuable information about EAP services." Tim Sumiec, CEAP, Manager of Field Operations, Empathia, Inc.
As the Director of the EA Provider Network for Ceridian LifeWorks, I am very excited to see this training come to fruition. While all providers within Ceridian’s Network are required to complete a training on EA services and expectations during the credentialing process, this training is more comprehensive and includes specific training on the dual relationship of the EA practitioner in working with both the individual and the client company. This training presents a tremendous opportunity for EA vendors across the country to identify providers who are interested in enhancing the quality of their EA services as well as providing these professionals a greater chance to expand their practice as they become more valuable for EA programs to include in their networks. Patrick Williams, LMFT, CEAP, Director, Provider Network Services, Ceridian LifeWorks
What are the benefits of earning the EAS-C Certificate of Recognition?
- Listing in EAPA's online EAS-C database of affiliate providers;
- Recognition by EAPA that the recipient has completed role-specific foundational training which includes:
- Overview of the role within the context of EAP service delivery systems.
- Differentiating the EAP role from other roles the individual may perform (i.e., EA assessment vs. mental health assessment, etc.).
- Ethical considerations specific to the role, with a focus on boundaries of competence, role fidelity, and fiduciary responsiblity.
- Integration of evidence-based screening tools into EA practice to provide early identification and brief intervention for risky behaviors associated with the most costly/deadly mental health/substance abuse concerns in the workplace;
- Verification of completion provided by the association in the form of a certificate of recognition;
- For EAP affiliate providers, network managers are encouraged to check this database first for new additions to their networks and/or to use these providers when making clinical EAP referrals.
How do I earn the EAS-C Certificate of Recognition?
You can earn the EAS-C if you are a mental health professional with a minimum of a Master's Degree and license for independent clinical practice as required by law. You may be new to the employee assistance field, or already be an established affiliate provider for external EAP vendors.
Simply complete the EAS-C training course! Your registration fee includes six hours of instruction by experts in the EAP field, course materials and one year of inclusion in the EAS-C online directory.
- Winston-Salem, NC March 19, 2015 (Included in NC EAPA State Conference Registration)
- St. Louis, MO March 27, 2014 ($150 member/ $200 non-member)
- Indianapolis, IN May 20, 2015 (Registration fee TBD)
Coming soon to a city near you! Complete this form to be notified when registration opens for a training date near you!
- Birmingham, Alabama (TBD)
- Chicago, Illinois (2015)
- Dallas, Texas (January 2015)
- Houston, Texas (November 2015)
- St. Louis, Missouri (Spring 2015)
- Washington, DC (February 2015)
What does it cost to earn the EAS-C certificate?
Registration fees may vary depending upon the venue and training sponsor(s), but will not exceed the regular registration fee of $295 EAPA members, $395 non-members.
What is the cancellation/refund policy for this course?
Refunds may be requested up until three (3) business days prior to the event. No refunds can be made after that time. A $35 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. In lieu of refund, another qualified participant may be substituted at no charge.
How do I renew the EAS-C certificate?
EAPA is committed to maintaining the highest professional standards in the employee assistance field. To maintain the integrity of the EAS-C database, annual renewal & information update may be required. Check back for more details.
Who can take the EAS-C course?
The course is designed for private practitioners who contract with EAP vendors to provide services through their private practice. If you are a mental health professional with a minimum of a Master's Degree in an EAP related field; and licensed for independent clinical practice as required by applicable law you are eligible to attend the course and earn the certificate. Currently participation is limited to private practitioners in the United States and Canada. Here is the list of qualifying licenses in the United States:
At this time, individuals who are addiction professionals must also hold one of the licenses above in order to participate in the course and earn the EAS-C.
Students/EAP interns may contact Jan Price firstname.lastname@example.org for approval to participate, but will not be eligible to earn the EAS-C or be listed in the database.
I own/manage/administer an EAP. How can I provide this training to my EAP network of affilaite providers?
Contact Jan Price, Manager, Professional Learning Resources email@example.com or (703) 387-1000 x340 for more information.
How do I bring the EAS training to a city near me?
There are EAPA chapters located throughout the United States. We're actively reaching out to chapter leaders to bring this training to a city near you. If you are an EAPA chapter leader or member, please contact Jan Price, Manager, Professional Learning Resources firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 387-1000 x340 to schedule a training.