Front Desk

Strengthening Our Profession: Vital Research and the CEAP

By Maria Lund, LEAP, CEAP


In 2015, EAPA endorsed the Workplace Outcome Suite (WOS) as an evidence-based tool to demonstrate EAP effectiveness. This issue’s cover story highlights a recent study by Chestnut Global Partners (CGP) in partnership with DuPont that shows how using the WOS generates evidence of the positive value of using EA services. Authors Dave Sharar, Matt Mollenhauer, and Paul Heck explain how the WOS is working not only in the U.S., but also in other nations. This isn’t the only important study involving the WOS. CGP and EAPA recently published a global report that demonstrated gains in workplace effectiveness after using EAP services. See the article on page 11. 

In a feature story in this issue, Chet Taranowski, PhD, CEAP, and Paul Tewksbury, LCSW-C, CEAP, provide readers with in-depth details about the landmark survey of CEAPs conducted by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC). Since its inception, the CEAP has grown from a primarily U.S.-based credential to an internationally recognized certification. And yet, the CEAP remains the only credential that certifies the holder’s advanced knowledge of EAP practice. As a result, enhancing its value is vital to our profession, and the EACC survey offers valuable information toward doing just that.

Continuing the theme of strengthening our profession, Carl Tisone, an early pioneer of US-based and international EA service delivery, discusses a new major research effort, the EAP History Project. Carl, the founder and president of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, also talks about the need for all stakeholders in our profession to get behind the effort to facilitate relevant research in EA practice. 

Tamara Cagney, EAPA’s President-elect, writes on a topic requested in the JEA reader survey. With the shifting landscape of medical marijuana, she discusses how important it is for EA professionals to watch both state and federal legislative developments, especially as laws pertain to accommodation and drug testing. 

In an interesting article about corporate culture and leadership, Sharon Wilson, Carole Hoffer, and Marissa Shuffler write about Conscious Leadership. They propose that it can positively impact EA practitioners and illustrate how this model of leadership development draws on many principles tied to traditional teachings on effective leadership but with some important and effective twists.

For useful practice points, read Marina London’s article on the opportunities and impact of virtual reality on EAPs. If you are in the U.S., don’t miss Puneet Leekha’s summary review of the proposed changes to 42 C.F.R Part 2 regulations to see how these revisions might affect your practice.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the EAPA LinkedIn group – a forum we’re continuing to provide to readers both prior to, and after, publication of the JEA.

Happy reading!