What is EAPA? 

updated 4/30/19

The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world’s largest, oldest, and most respected membership organization for employee assistance professionals. With members in over 40 countries around the globe, EAPA is the world’s most relied upon source of information and support for and about the employee assistance profession. EAPA publishes the Journal of Employee Assistance, hosts the annual EAP Conference and EXPO, and offers training and other resources to fulfill its mission. EAPA’s mission is to promote the highest standards of EA practice and the continuing development of employee assistance professionals, programs and services. 

The first organizing meeting for the Association of Labor and Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA) was held in April, 1971, and it was incorporated sometime later that year.  The association's name was officially changed to Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) in 1989.

Benefits of EAPA Membership 

Today, more than ever, employers and employees recognize the value of employee assistance programs and services. The rapid pace and unparalleled degree of change in the workplace is underscoring the importance of employee assistance programs and the concurrent need for education, training, and development of employee assistance professionals.

EAPA is the leading provider of education and services to employee assistance professionals and others interested in issues affecting the behavioral health and wellbeing of employers and employees. EAPA can help employee assistance professionals stay current with the latest developments in the field, broaden and sharpen their skills, and increase their business contacts.

By joining EAPA, employee assistance professionals invest in their profession and their own futures.

EAPA offers--
Professional Development. The EAPA Learning Center is designed to provide professional development on a wide variety of topics that impact your job performance as an EA professional. Whether you are interested in obtaining PDH credit toward earning or maintaining your CEAP credential, looking for online  certificate training leading to new opportunities, or interested in becoming a DOT qualified SAP, the EAPA Learning Center has resources for you.
Online professional development opportunities include both live and archived online courses and webinars.  In addition, the EAPA Learning Center’s Conference On Demand website provides anytime access to multimedia re-creations of keynotes and breakout sessions from recent Annual World EAP Conferences.
Professional certification. EAPA sponsors the Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®) credential, the only credential that denotes mastery of the concepts and skills required by competent employee assistance professionals.

Professional education-based certificates.  EAPA provides onsite and online Employee Assistance Specialist – Clinical (EAS-C) training courses leading to the EAS-C certificate for qualified clinicians who are, or want to be, EAP network affiliates.

Professional journal. The quarterly Journal of Employee Assistance provides members an exclusive insight into the latest issues and trends affecting the EA profession.

Chapter and branch network. Through a large and diverse network of chapters and branches on five continents, EAPA offers benefits on the local level, including additional training, networking, business development, and leadership opportunities.

Annual EAP Conference and EXPO. Each year, EAPA hosts the world's largest conference devoted to employee assistance, bringing together EA leaders and professionals from around the world to share their knowledge and experience and to help identify and shape trends for the future.

Public policy awareness. EAPA protects the interests of members and the entire employee assistance profession by keeping members aware of important developments in the public policy arena.

Online information. EAPA maintains a comprehensive website with a secure 'members only' section, links to external resources, a searchable directory of members, the Journal of Employee Assistance archive, EAP Career Central, and much more.

Who Should Join EAPA? 

Individuals working full-time or part-time in the employee assistance field should join EAPA, as well as those who want to expand their knowledge of workplace issues and trends affecting workplace behavior, performance and productivity. EAPA members include:
• Social workers
• Psychologists
• Marriage and family therapists
• Professional counselors
• Substance abuse practitioners
• Occupational health and wellness professionals
• Peer counselors
• Students
• Human resource professionals
• Risk management experts
• Benefits specialists