An Employer / Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can be an invaluable resource when organisations face different challenges and pressures.
Each year in the UK stress, anxiety and depression account for around half of time lost due to work-related ill health. The figure does not account for non-work related causes. Virtually all businesses are affected. Not all take steps to address the problem.
The short or longer term absence of key personnel through stress-related illness can be very disruptive. Most larger companies have EAP arrangements; many medium sized and smaller ones don’t.
A one-off arrangement for staff support offers an affordable and flexible option.
I provide EAP help to leaders and staff in organisations in a number of ways:
For EAP counselling work, I use the single session model. The first 90 minute session has a dual function:
to act as a single session, complete in itself, with a telephone review a month or two later, and
to work as an assessment, in anticipation that a client may continue into time-limited work of a further 5 sessions.
Counselling sessions generally take place at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.
The time limited work can be extended for up to a further 6 sessions if desired.
This way of working enables organisations to budget conveniently for therapy costs.
The model I use has been defined by coaching guru Jenny Rogers as
‘the art of facilitating another person’s learning, development, well-being and performance.
It raises self-awareness and identifies choices.
Through coaching, people are able to find their own solutions, develop their own skills, and change their own attitudes and behaviours.
The whole aim of coaching is to close the gap between people’s potential and their current state.’
The model recognises that clients are resourceful and that the coach’s role is to help to develop these resources, looking at the whole person (past, present and future).
The client sets the agenda as an equal.
It is about enabling change and action.
As with counselling, we would meet initially for a 90 minute session to see what can be achieved then and there, followed by a phone catch-up a month or so later.
If you would like further sessions, these are generally arranged on an ‘as and when’ basis and last between 50 and 90 minutes.
Wellbeing at work training
I have delivered wellbeing workshops and presentations for a number of organisations and industry sectors, including local government, education, barristers’ chambers, solicitors, law conferences, in-house lawyers and SMEs.
Topics have ranged widely, but have generally covered areas I have written about in journals and in the Lawyer’s Guide book.
Generally client organisations will choose a topic and I tailor the presentation accordingly.
If you would like more information about my EAP work, please send me a message via the Contact page and I will get in touch to talk things through.