EAPA 2017 Call for Proposals

The 2017 Call for Proposals is now Closed.

Proposals created on or before Friday, February 18 may be edited and submitted for review by Tuesday, February 21.

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

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


  Conference Theme

Lights! Camera! Action!  EAP Focus on the Workplace

Creativity, innovation and energy abound in the City of Angels!  What better location to showcase new ideas and ways to design or redesign employee assistance services to address the arrival of millennials into the workforce, the increasing use of independent contractors, the growing "gig" economy worker, and other dramatic changes in the workplace employee mix. This is your opportunity to highlight advancements in the use of technology, implementation of evidence-based practices, as well as innovative programs and promotional strategies.

  Focus Areas

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

EAPA 2017 ushers in a new era of workplace focused EA service delivery, applications, outcomes, trainings, interventions, and assessments.  This year's conference challenges you to improve the way in which work organizations function, support employee well-being, and have a measurable effect on job performance. Make connections between your subject matter expertise and working with HR, labor, employee relations, legal, worker's compensation, drug testing, training, safety, and occupational health. 

Presentations in this area may include an exploration of the various roles EA professionals may take:

  • ombudsman; 
  • executive coach, and more. 

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

Providing evidence-based addiction and behavioral health services to individuals and family members is fundamental to employee assistance.  The challenge does not end with serving individuals.  EA professionals also assist work and labor organizations in designing and implementing strategies to improve wellness, employee well-being, engagement, work team effectiveness, addressing employee conflict.  Consult with and train work and labor organization leaders in developing and implementing innovative strategies to support these efforts. 

Presentations in this focus area demonstrate:

  • ways EAPs provide innovative services to work organizations; and 
  • how those services tangibly support strategic and business goals.

Glamour & Glitches in the Application of Technology 

Let's face it.  The smartphone has forever changed the ways in which we communicate and do business on and off the job. High speed data and mobile devices empower the workforce, and customer base, bring expectations of instant results, and call for different ways to communicate.  

Presentations in this area showcase:

  • improving access to services; 
  • tailoring services to a tech savvy workforce;
  • the technology organizations are using to serve the needs of employers and employees; 
  • information on cyber security, adaptive web design, development or use of behavioral health apps, innovative use of social media; and
  • resolution of issues re: employment law and employee privacy. 

The Changing Face of Employee Assistance

Employee assistance services must meet the needs of employees, wherever they live and work, whatever language they speak, whatever the culture. The millennial workforce is typically more diverse than previous generations and views the workplace differently than their parents' generation. Workplaces are increasingly challenged to adapt to cultural shifts, immigration, a more visible LGBTQ community, and an aging workforce still desiring to stay working. 

Presentations in this area feature how EAPs have successfully answered questions such as: 

  • What are best practices for supporting the needs of those requesting religious accommodations? 
  • In what ways are organizations ensuring the success of expat assignments? 
  • How are organizations addressing gender identity/transition issues?
  • Are there career paths and viable employment opportunities for those entering the workforce?  

Workplace Outcomes of Employee Assistance Services

What tangible ways are you demonstrating the effects of your efforts in the workplace? Are you using the Workplace Outcomes Suite (WOS)? Screening and Brief Intervention strategies (SBI/SBIRT)?  What other methodologies are you using to measure your success?  

Presentations may include: 

  • poster presentations; 
  • dissertations; 
  • original research; and 
  • practical applications of evidence-based tools. 

  Proposal Review Process

The EAPA Conference Program Planning Panel will select presentations and presenters that reflect the highest standards in EA practice.  We strive to select sessions that 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. 

In early March 2017, all presenters will be notified of panel decisions via e-mail.

"That's a wrap" on February 17, 2017!

Contact Jan Price, Director, Education and Credentialing, 703.387.1000 Ext. 340 or Julia Barnes, Education Administrator, at 703.387.1000 Ext. 318