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NEWS

News from the EAPA-SA Board

EAPA-SA Conversion of Designations

Congratulations to all EAPA-SA members who qualified for conversion to a higher designation. It is truly an achievement and we thank you for your commitment to the EAP field. The following members were awarded EA Professional based on the criteria:...

Turning Around a Bad Work Environment

    A bad, or toxic, work environment is one in which dysfunctional, highly stressful interactions are the norm; and where supervisors and co-workers routinely mistreat each other and act in self-serving ways without considering the benefit of the whole team or...

Board Meeting Report Back: May 2018

Conference Registrations There is a lot of excitement amongst the Conference Organising Committee. We are seeing a surge in delegate registrations. After launching our conference with the new name Eduweek, in April, the registrations have been coming in...

EAPA-SA & Pan-African Eduweek 2018

Join the SA Employee Assistance fraternity at the 20th Annual EAPA-SA and Pan-African Eduweek 2018, where we will showcase cutting edge EAP trends and thoughts on various proactive models, case studies and thought leaders within the EAP, Wellness and HR...

Chapter Focus: EAPA-SA’s Free State Chapter

EAPA-SA Free State Chapter Chairperson: Jimmy John Lenong provides us with an update on the Chapter’s highlights and initiatives over the past year and what is in store for their 10th anniversary year …

Chapter Focus: Limpopo Chapter

The chairperson of Limpopo Chapter EAPA-SA says, “It is inspiring to reflect that over the past 24 months to date the Chapter is growing in terms of membership, stakeholder partnership, financial sustainability and collaboration of EAP services amongst the practitioners …

Chapter Focus: Western Cape Chapter

The Western Cape Chapter predated the formation of EAPA-SA when it had links to the IPM as an EWP forum. Over the years, since the 1990’s, the chapter has grown and become very focused in the provision of developmental programmes to its members.

Chapter Focus: Ikhala Chapter

Chapter Chairperson, Bridgette Cain-Noveve, provides interesting insights into EAPA-SA’s Ikhala Chapter, located in East London.

EVENTS

Stories about our events and what took place

Ikhala Chapter’s Annual Seminar for 2018

Important Details: Date: 26th July 2018 - 27th July 2018 Day 1Times: 09h00 promptly to 15h00 Gala Dinner: 18h30 for 19h00 Day 2 Times: 09h00 promptly to 15h00 Venue: East London Golf Club Registration Fee: R2000.00 For catering and venue hire purposes...

Marking 10 years of EAPA Free State Chapter

The year 2018 marks 10 years of EAPAFS’ existence! In marking this important milestone, the chapter will kick-start its 2018 operational year with an opening event themed ‘Night out with the Stars” This theme captures the essence of our existence, reaching for the...

EAPA International Conference 2017

The 2017 World EAP conference was held in Los-Angeles over four days from 4th – 6th November 2017, with a one-day pre-conference training held on the 3rd November 2017. The conference was attended by over 800 delegates from around the world with approximately 40...

EAPA-SA Conference 2017 – Report Back

From 19th to 22nd September South Africa’s only annual Employee Health and Wellness conference, organised by EAPA-SA, took place at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg. In his opening remarks EAPA-SA President, Mr Tinyiko Chabalala, introduced the conference theme: RESPONSEability: Engaging to shape the ideal workplace.

Pan African EAPA Conference Report

HOTEL AFRICANA JULY 2017 VIDEO LINK to the EAPA-SA President's Interview  REPORT BY EAPA UGANDA BRANCH   Background Summary The Pan African EAPA conference which was the first of its kind was launched on the 18th of July, 2017 at Hotel Africana, Kampala – Uganda. The...

EAPA-SA Conference Programme Launched

The EAPA-SA Conference Organising Committee is very proud to announce the Conference Programme. It is jam packed full with a variety of speakers. Download the full PDF EAPA-SA 2017 Conference Programme Read the speakers bios here Register to attend the conference...

2017 Conference Speakers Announced

We are proud to announce that the first phase of speakers for the EAPA-SA 2017 Conference have been confirmed and published. Please visit our conference website for more info and to read about the speakers and their presentations here There are more announcements to...

ARTICLES

Interesting reading for members.

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Back to Basics: Dealing With Bullying in the Workplace

Workplace bullying involves repeated, intentional acts of aggression, hostility, social isolation, or disrespect. These acts often happen face-to-face, but can also take place via email, text messaging, or social media platforms. Bullying can seriously damage a...

Supporting Employees Facing Retirement

Do too many organisations see retirement as an event rather than an ongoing process which both the employer and employee should work towards doing well? It is well known that impending retirement can be stressful for employees. This is particularly true if they have...

An Employer’s Guide to EAP Services

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) started in the USA in the 1940s to provide a service that was primarily focused on mitigating the negative effect of alcohol use and abuse on job performance. Since then EAPs have become much broader-focused and cover a far wider...

Back To Basics: The Development of Employee’s Soft Skills

What are soft skills? 1 Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to navigate their...

Turning Around a Bad Work Environment

    A bad, or toxic, work environment is one in which dysfunctional, highly stressful interactions are the norm; and where supervisors and co-workers routinely mistreat each other and act in self-serving ways without considering the benefit of the whole team or...

Back to Basics: Trauma Counselling

Trauma debriefing is just one of the many crisis intervention techniques which are included under the umbrella of a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) programme. What is a “Critical Incident?” 1 A critical incident is an abnormal or traumatic event which has...

EAP Career Counselling

On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive for an organisation to offer its employees access to career counselling.  However, skilled career counselling has been known to improve employee productivity and engagement, increase retention, boost morale and raise...

Back to Basics: Strategies to Prevent Burnout

Burnout exists at all levels of employment. It is more likely when employees have unreasonable demands placed on them or are in roles that are not a good fit. Burnout is characterised by emotional exhaustion, pessimism and ineffectiveness in the workplace, and by a chronic negative responses to stressful workplace conditions.