The University of Maryland School of Social Work – the only social work program with a dedicated Employee Assistance (EA) curriculum as part of the larger MSW program – hosts the Employee Assistance Digital Archive.

The Employee Assistance Digital Archive is a free, publicly accessible site where EA professionals can post original works, historical documents or other related papers. The intent of the Archive is to preserve important historical documents in the EA field as well as to provide a national depository for all significant articles in the field.

Please visit our Employee Assistance Digital Archive Homepage to learn about how you can submit and use the Archive.

Recent Submissions

  • The Facts Don’t Lie: Statistical Truths about the Business Value of EAPs

    Attridge, Mark (Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), 2022-04)
    This article presents succinct and data-driven facts that answer critical questions about the business value of EAPs, and it offers an ROI case study with $2,200 USD savings per each counseling case from avoided further workplace productivity losses in work presenteeism and absenteeism.
  • Update on EAP Market and Research

    Attridge, Mark (Workplace Collaborative, 2022-04-29)
    Overview of current trends in the business market for employee assistance programs in the United States. Includes review of several applied research projects on EAP outcomes.
  • Key Factors in Business Continuity: Mental Health Impacts

    Attridge, Mark (Make It Safe, 2020-10-29)
    Part 1: Current state of mental distress for Canadian Workers in COVID-19 Pandemic Context, with highlights of national survey trend data and 10 recommendations for businesses. Part 2: Research-based best practices for more effective use of Employee and Family Assistance Programs and technology-based tools for mental health.
  • BE WELL: Changing the culture of a college of veterinary medicine using a comprehensive and integrated approach to promote health and well-being

    Moore, Rustin; Buffington, Brenda; Abraham, Susannah; Reid, Katie; Burkhard, Mary Jo; El-Khoury, Caroline; Fark, Amanda; Gonya, Jenn; Hoying, Jacqueline Ann; Jennings, Ryan; et al. (2022-02-24)
    In 2016 The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine began a comprehensive process of strategic planning to assess 6 domains: 1. Institutional culture, 2. Education and student success, 3. Research, 4. Characteristics of high referral veterinary medical center, 5. Community Engagement and, 6. Operational excellence. The outcome of this assessment lead to a collaboration across colleges, university departments and services to create BE WELL programming. BE WELL programming for OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a comprehensive and integrated model of health and well-being comprised of Nine Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional, Career, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Intellectual, Creative, and Environmental. This article reflects the process, metrics, and implementation of the BE WELL program.
  • Alcohol Use Among Girls and Young Women: A Worrying Trend

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2022-02
    This fact sheet provides data about trending alcohol use among girls and young women. Evidence suggests that problems with anxiety and depression are increasing among adolescents, particularly young women. Girls and young women can be more susceptible to internalizing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. This, in turn, may make them more likely to drink as a way to cope. In fact, when girls have high levels of anxiety, they are more likely than boys to use alcohol, and to do so at earlier ages. Helping girls and young women handle difficult emotions in healthy ways may help them reduce their consumption of alcohol or avoid it altogether. Because of the association between underage drinking and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, girls and young women who have these challenges need strong underage drinking prevention support coupled with general mental health support.
  • Tips for Wellness

    Wheeler, Sharon (MINES & Associates, 2022-04)
    In consideration of April being National Stress Awareness Month, this blog post describes ten reasons Yoga can be used for self care. The ten topics are: 1) Stress relief, 2) Pain Relief, 3) Better breathing, 4) Flexibility, 5) Increased strength, 6) Weight management, 7) Improved circulation, 8) Cardiovascular conditioning, 9) Better body alignment and 10) Focus on the present.
  • 2017 Physician & Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey Report

    VITAL WorkLife; Cejka Search (2017)
    The results of our fifth healthcare survey, the 2017 Physician and Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey by VITAL WorkLife and Cejka Search are particularly timely, as physician well being has become broadly recognized as one of the top priorities for health system performance.
  • Managing Change: Making the Most out of Change

    Norton, Bob (2018-03-28)
    Having experienced some traumatic changes these past two years, many of us are now faced with the prospect of returning to our campuses for the first time in a long time. That’s good news. Nonetheless our return is a big change from the teleworking that most of us have become adjusted to. For some this change may bring a sense of anxiety and apprehension marked by uncertainty about what to expect, such as new safety protocols, hybrid working schedules, the possibility of contracting COVID from co-workers, and — for those hired during the pandemic — meeting co-workers in person for the first time. Being mindful of the host of feelings experienced by everyone returning to campus — from excitement to apprehension — is important in facilitating a smooth transition to the newly structured world of work.
  • Launching a Well Being Program— Important Steps for Success

    Downing, Vanessa (VITAL WorkLife, 2022-04-19)
    In this article, Vanessa Downing, PhD, peer coach with VITAL WorkLife, consultant to healthcare organizations and a personal coach for medical practitioners, provides an overview of how to get started and thoughtful considerations on how to evaluate your organization’s needs and goals for a well being program.
  • Suicides by drug overdose increased among young people, elderly people, and Black women, despite overall downward trend

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2022-02-02
    A new study of intentional drug overdose deaths, or suicides by an overdose of a medication or drug, found an overall decline in recent years in the United States, but an increase in young people aged 15-24, older people aged 75-84, and non-Hispanic Black women. The study also found that women were consistently more likely than men to die from intentional drug overdoses, with the highest rates observed in women ages 45 to 64. In addition, factors such as time of year, length of day, and day of the week appeared to be associated with intentional overdose death rates. The study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry and was led by investigators at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Percentage of adolescents reporting drug use decreased significantly in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic endured

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2021-12-15
    The percentage of adolescents reporting substance use decreased significantly in 2021, according to the latest results from the Monitoring the Future survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders in the United States. In line with continued long-term declines in the use of many illicit substances among adolescents previously reported by the Monitoring the Future survey, these findings represent the largest one-year decrease in overall illicit drug use reported since the survey began in 1975. The Monitoring the Future survey is conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The 2021 survey reported significant decreases in use across many substances, including those most commonly used in adolescence – alcohol, marijuana, and vaped nicotine. The 2021 decrease in vaping for both marijuana and tobacco follows sharp increases in use between 2017 and 2019, which then leveled off in 2020. This year, the study surveyed students on their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study found that students across all age-groups reported moderate increases in feelings of boredom, anxiety, depression, loneliness, worry, difficulty sleeping, and other negative mental health indicators since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Implementing the Workplace Outcome Suite

    Sharar, David A., 1961- (2017-04-20)
    This is a PowerPoint presentation that begins with the historical indices of EAP Value: High utilization; User satisfaction; Positive testimonials; References to studies/reports; Perceived “responsiveness”; and Very minimal effort to “quantify outcomes.” Then it defines the three stages of outcomes: Proximal, Medial, and Distal. Once it has set the stage, the presentation then introduces the Workplace Outcome Suite (WOS).
  • Business Resilience Arrives: The Wellbeing Market Matures

    Bersin, Josh, 1956- (The Josh Bersin Company, 2022-01-01)
    This report, prepared by Josh Bersin and with MeQuilibrium, provides an overview of data collected at workplaces to summarize how employers have responded to employee stress over the years. In addition to providing definitions of resilience as a strategy as compared to a program, this report provides case studies of companies who are working to build resilience throughout their workforce.
  • EAP Industry Update: What Employers Need to Know

    Attridge, Mark (2022-04-27)
    This presentation features research-based trends in the employee assistance program (EAP) industry in the United States. Recent data on market size, outcomes of counseling, and the boom in new technology-based mental health support provider companies are examined. Recommendations are given for how employers can better understand and evaluate the wide range of EAP and other workplace mental health support service offerings now available as employee benefits. Open discussion and Q&A are encouraged. Background source documents are included for further reading.
  • Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report 2021: EAP Counseling Use and Outcomes, COVID-19 Pandemic Impact, and Best Practices in Outcome Data Collection

    Attridge, Mark (LifeWorks, 2022-04)
    Research results over an 11-year period (from 2010 to early 2021) for employees who used EAP counseling found significant improvements in work presenteeism, hours of missed work, distress over the workplace, employee engagement in their work, and overall life satisfaction. Also, findings showed these improvements in work-related outcomes were consistently obtained across many contexts even during the challenges of delivering counseling during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The 2021 WOS Report is based on data shared by over 50 different EAP programs and vendors for their users of counseling and other individual EAP services across a wide range of contexts. Among the over 45,000 cases with baseline profile data, most of the cases were living in the United States (77%), with another 13% from China, 6% from New Zealand, and 4% from 37 other countries. The reasons for seeking counseling from an EAP included: mental health issues (30% of all cases); personal life or stress issues (29%); marital or family relationship issues (19%); work problems or work-related stress (19%); with alcohol and substance use issues accounting for less than 3% of cases. The number of counseling sessions used averaged 3.3 sessions per case over a treatment period of about seven weeks. The longitudinal findings are all statistically significant results obtained from comparing metrics at the start of an EAP case and at follow-up about three months after counseling ended for over 39,000 cases with Pre and Post data: The analyses found significant improvements in all five WOS outcomes for the typical user of EAP counseling. Large size statistical effects were found for reductions in work presenteeism and increases in overall life satisfaction, followed by a medium size effect for the reduction in hours of missed work, and small size effects for reducing the level of distress over the workplace and increases in employee work engagement. Importantly, all of these improvements in WOS measures were also found to a similar extent in different subgroups of EAP users based on employee demographic, clinical use, business context, and COVID-19 pandemic time period factors. These industry-wide independent results provide research evidence for the general effectiveness of brief counseling provided by employee assistance programs.
  • Demonstrating the Impact of EAP Services on Workplace Outcomes

    Richmond, Melissa K.; McCann, Bernard A. (2015-06-02)
    The Employee Assistance Research Foundation was created as a non-profit foundation to stimulate innovative, evidence-based research activities which demonstrate the ability of EAPs to maximize employee contributions to organizational success. EARF's mission is to: To promote excellence in the design and delivery of Employee Assistance services worldwide; To support effective measurement practices, performance tools, and outcome criteria, and; To bridge the gap between knowledge and practice by translating valid research findings into contemporary EA services.
  • Providing Officers Support through Police Chaplains

    International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), 2021
    A police chaplain provides emotional, moral, and spiritual support to officers, staff, and their families. They can be paid employees of the agency or volunteers. Although police chaplains may be of one denomination or religion, they provide support to all officers, even if that means locating resources for individuals who do not share the same belief system. A strong chaplaincy program can support a culture where officers feel comfortable seeking help and finding support.
  • Hollistic & Effective Modalities for the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD

    Smith, Anna, M.A., L.P.C., C.S.A.T. (2022-04-10)
    This presentation addresses the issues around Trauma and PTSD from the point of origin. It begins with an acknowledgment of the importance of the therapeutic relationship and goes on to discuss the importance of belief in model, content, and techniques. It also reviews topics such as Post Induction Therapy (PIT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Felt Sense, and Neurofeedback.
  • State of Global EAP and Top Needs in the Industry

    Sharar, David A., 1961- (2016-06)
    This presentation for the Employee Assistance European Forum (EAEF) reviewed market segments of global EAP and the following Top 5 industry needs: 1) Higher utilization 2) Improved coordination of care 3) Greater perceived value with measurable outcomes 4) Improved adherence to standards of quality 5) Innovative services for future generations.
  • Purposefully Pursuing the Next Normal – EAPs and the Psychologically Healthy Workplace

    Stelter, Nicole; Gorter, Jeff (2022-03-24)
    This presentation covers ongoing stressors connected to a mass event. It also covers psychologically healthy workplaces, disruptive event management support, and practical next steps to increase psychological health and crisis resilience.

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