A Roadmap for Thriving as a Newcomer to the Employee Assistance Profession
JournalJournal of Employee Assistance
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AbstractWith the growth in the provision of employee assistance (EA) services in the US and internationally (Employee Assistance Professionals Association, n.d.), and the usefulness of employee assistance programs (EAPs) being highlighted by the impact of COVID-19 on workers and organizations (Brooks and Ling, 2022), EA work represents a valuable career opportunity for mental health professionals seeking a career transition. We (the authors), mid-career and early-career psychologists, respectively, found positions within a faculty staff assistance program (FSAP) at a southeast US university during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Since most of our work experience was with services in college counseling centers and private practice, with only limited prior exposure to EA work, it has been an exciting challenge for us to develop new knowledge areas and skill sets and find ways to enrich the services provided by our FSAP. While transitions can be energizing, they can also be stressful, as they may produce anxiety in the face of uncertainty. As we continue to adjust to the EA profession, we have identified six interrelated strategies that have been useful to us. In agreement with Cooper-Thomas et al. (2011) that organizational newcomers can utilize a variety of approaches to enhance their own socialization, we outline our adjustment strategies and discuss how they have supported our transition into our new roles.
CitationHarewood, J & McClammy., K. (2022). A Roadmap for Thriving as a Newcomer to the Employee Assistance Profession. Journal of Employee Assistance. 52(4), 28-31.
SponsorsEmory Faculty Staff Assistance Program
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Employee assistance programs
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020--Influence
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