The 2024 Eduweek Theme:

ThriveForward: Cultivating Resilience and Wellness in the Modern Workplace


Industry Level

  • Pioneering Wellness in the Employee Assistance Sector

  • Elevating Professional Standards
  • Innovative Strategies for Employee/Patient Support
  • Collaborative Efforts for Industry Evolution

Organisational Level

  • Transforming Workplaces for Wellness and Balance
  • Redefining Workplace Dynamics
  • Leadership Empowerment
  • Innovative Wellbeing Practices


  • Personal Pathways to Resilience
  • Self-Care as Professional Care
  • Sustaining Professional Vitality

In the ever-evolving landscape of the modern workplace, the South African Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA-SA) proudly presents this year’s Eduweek conference theme: “ThriveForward: Cultivating Resilience and Wellness in the Modern Workplace.” This theme encapsulates our collective aspiration to foster environments where employees not only survive but flourish amidst challenges, transforming adversity into strength and growth.

The past few years have spotlighted the indispensable role of resilience and wellness within our professional and personal lives. As we navigate the complexities of the post-pandemic world, it becomes imperative to address the multifaceted dimensions of well-being in the workplace. “ThriveForward” is a call to action—a commitment to advance beyond traditional support frameworks towards a more holistic, proactive approach in nurturing the mental, emotional, and physical health of our workforce.

“ThriveForward” embodies the essence of transformation and progress. It acknowledges the challenges we face yet focuses on the opportunities they present for growth and improvement. By embracing this theme, we aim to equip EA professionals, leaders, and organisations with the insights and tools necessary to build resilient, healthy workplaces that not only withstand the tests of time but also emerge stronger and more vibrant.


During this years Eduweek, we will explore a wide array of topics structured around three critical streams: Organisational Level, Industry Level, and Introspective Level. Each stream is designed to address specific facets of resilience and wellness, from organisational culture and industry-wide innovation to personal growth and self-care. These topic streams serve as conduits for knowledge, sharing innovative practices, and strategies that pave the way for a thriving workplace environment.


Industry Level

  • From Burnout to Balance: Exploring the unique challenges and solutions. Seeing burnout as an organisational problem and not a mental diagnosis, steps to create a positive and healthy organisation.
  • Innovations in Mental Health Support: Highlighting new approaches and technologies.
  • The Rise of AI and Its Implications for the EA Industry: Understanding the future of mental health support and workplace wellness through technology.
  • Mental Health Literacy for EA Professionals: Enhancing understanding and skills to better identify, support, and refer mental health issues within the workplace. This topic aims to improve the overall competency of professionals in addressing mental health challenges, contributing to a more informed and effective industry response.
  • Leadership Strategies for Fostering a Thriving Work Culture: explore the critical role of leadership in creating and maintaining a workplace environment that supports employee well-being, engagement, and productivity.
  • Team Dynamics and the Importance of Supportive Relationships in the Workplace: focuses on the foundational elements of building cohesive, resilient, and high-performing teams.


Organisational Level

  • Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Interventions for Burnout: A comprehensive look at preventing and addressing burnout at different stages.
  • The Role of Organisational Culture in Preventing Burnout: Strategies for creating a supportive work environment.
  • Strategies for Enhancing DEI in the Workplace: Implementing effective diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Addressing Unconscious Bias and Creating Meaningful DEI Policies: Tools and practices for a more inclusive workplace.
  • People-Centric Organisational Change: Emphasising the importance of human elements in organisational transformation.
  • Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Strategies for employers to develop and implement mental health policies and practices that support employee well-being. This includes promoting mental health awareness, reducing stigma, and providing access to mental health resources as part of a holistic approach to employee wellness.



    • Building Resilience Through Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness Practices: Personal development strategies for professionals.
    • The Impact of Remote Work on Mental Wellness and How to Adapt: Navigating the new norms of work-life balance.
    • Sharing Inspiring Journeys from Burnout to Wellness: Leveraging personal stories to motivate and guide.
    • The Power of Peer Support and Community in the Healing Process: Encouraging community-building and support networks.
    • Workshops on Practical Tools for Managing Stress, Setting Boundaries, and Promoting Work-Life Integration: Offering hands-on learning experiences.
    • Mindfulness and Mental Health: Exploring the role of mindfulness practices in managing stress, anxiety, and depression. This session would offer practical mindfulness techniques that individuals can use to enhance their mental well-being, demonstrating the value of these practices in personal resilience.
    • Compassion Fatigue: Navigating the Hidden Cost of Caring and not caring


    Cross Stream Topics 

    • Leadership Strategies for Fostering a Thriving Work Culture: Applies both at the Organisational and Industry levels.
    • Team Dynamics and the Importance of Supportive Relationships in the Workplace: Relevant for both Organisational development and Introspection.
    • Sessions on the Latest Research and Tools in the Field of Mental Wellness and Resilience: Beneficial across Industry, Organisational, and Personal levels.
    • Ethical Foundations: Applies both at the Organisational and Industry levels.


    The presentation topics should:

    Elevate Mental Health Awareness: Encourage innovative thinking and share proven strategies that enhance EA professionals’ capabilities in addressing mental health challenges uniquely presented in each workplace. This includes fostering an environment conducive to the well-being of both client companies and their employees.

    Address Burnout with Innovative Solutions: Offer fresh perspectives and alternative interventions for burnout prevention and recovery, touching upon the significance of emotional and psychological well-being in enhancing employee performance and engagement.

    Harness the Power of AI and Technology: Showcase how AI and technological advancements are revolutionising the EA industry, from improving intervention strategies to enhancing service delivery and outcome measures.

    Promote Diversity and Inclusion (D&I): Highlight the importance of developing cultural competence and sensitivity towards a diverse workforce, including considerations for age, disability, LGBTQI+ inclusion, and more. Presentations should demonstrate how EA professionals can support diverse populations through education, managerial support, and tailored interventions.

    Navigate the Ethical Landscape: Explore the ethical considerations critical to the practice of EA professionals in South Africa, emphasising the moral responsibilities towards clients and the importance of maintaining confidentiality, integrity, and professionalism.

    Leverage Research and Findings for Enhanced Impact: Introduce groundbreaking research and findings that offer actionable insights into improving employee wellness, well-being, and organisational culture. This includes demonstrating the direct link between EA interventions and measurable outcomes in workplace wellness.

    Cultivate Collaborative Opportunities: Encourage demonstrations of successful collaborations between EA professionals and client organisations, including HR, unions, occupational medicine, and consultancy partners, to foster a holistic approach to employee assistance.

    By focusing on these key areas, we aim to challenge and expand the existing knowledge base of EA professionals, equipping them with the tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of the modern workplace. This year’s Eduweek is an invitation to contribute to the advancement of the EA profession, ensuring a resilient, healthy, and inclusive work environment for all.