Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an intervention program designed to increase the mental health and well-being of staff while creating a happier and more productive workplace.

An EAP provides confidential and effective solution-focused counselling to employees and their families.

The implementation of an EAP program reduces long term business costs by reducing employee turnover, stress-related absenteeism, poor motivation and recruiting and re-training costs.

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Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

WHAT IS AN EAP?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) works with and supports employees in relation to both work-related and personal concerns.

An EAP provides employees with employer funded psychology sessions in order to provide the support and early intervention necessary to limit impact on job performance and mental health.

Unless otherwise specified by the employer, this service also extends to immediate family members of the employee as well.

Support provided by EAP’s is not limited to work-related concerns, it can include support for anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, trauma and substance abuse, among other concerns.

BENEFITS OF THE LIFE PSYCHOLOGISTS EAP

Life Psychologists’  EAP allow employers to support their employees – and often their employees’ families – through confidential counselling sessions with psychologists.

They help employees to deal with work-related and personal issues that may affect workplace attitudes, performance and productivity.

Access to an EAP provides a safe, confidential environment to understand and resolve issues that might impact their performance at work.

Employees can gain invaluable coping skills and strategies. Even the simple knowledge that they are valued enough to be provided with assistance improves morale

Studies indicate that an effective EAP program motivates employees to take responsibility for their well-being, preventing “spillover”of domestic tensions affecting employee health and workplace outcomes.

Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the effectiveness of EAPs, found that for every dollar invested in EAP, participating companies could expect returns by up to $2.30, including significant reductions in absenteeism and “presentism”, workplace satisfaction and employee retention.

An EAP provides employer-funded, confidential, short-term professional help for employees and sometimes their families confronted with personal issues.

While the problems covered by an EAP often impact directly on work, potentially affecting productivity and workplace relationships, they also include personal and family matters causing employee stress.

EAP Employee Benefits.

  •   Increased health & well being.
  •   More effective management skills.
  •   Feel valued & appreciated.
  •   Improved moral & motivation.

EAP Employer Benefits.

  •   Decreased sick days.
  •   Increased team performance.
  •   Decrease in staff turnover.
  •   Loyal, happy & dedicated employees.

EAP @ LIFE PSYCHOLOGISTS

Our highly skilled team of Life Psychologists provide solution-focused counselling and coaching for employees with personal and work-related issues.

Our EAP program includes:

  •   Employee Counselling
  •   Mental Health Checks
  •   Critical Incident and Trauma Debriefing
  •   Wellbeing workshops
  •   Career Coaching
  •   Cost-effective packages
  •   Corporate Training and Development Services

LIFE PSYCHOLOGISTS OFFERS YOUR EMPLOYEES:

  •   A highly confidential service
  •   Personal matching to ensure the best-fit psychologist for your employee
  •   Experienced registered psychologists with higher-level skills
  •   Flexible appointment times including before work and after hours
  •   Same-day appointments (if urgent), otherwise within 3 working days
  •   Face-to-face appointments or via telephone or secure video conferencing

They can accurately diagnose and resolve conflict in the workplace and provide team-building tools and strategies. We also offer a range of classes and workshops.

We provide priority support to EAP participants. The aim is to provide an early-intervention, solution-oriented approach that empowers employees to develop more effective coping strategies.

We want our clients to feel calm, confident and looked after. We want them to know that they are in the best professional hands, and that at every stage of the process, from booking in, to the first visit to the reception desk and in the privacy of the consulting room, they will be treated with respect and consideration.

At the outset, you should know that you will be in a comfortable, completely confidential setting with a highly-trained, experienced professional who treats you with respect, helps you feel at ease and engages you deeply in the process.

You will be supported by an approach and carefully developed systems that go beyond the standard practice.

At Life Psychologists, we work hard to ensure that our clients have the best possible start and make continued progress in their therapy.

WHAT AN EAP CAN HELP WITH

  •   Anxiety
  •   Depression
  •   Stress
  •   Grief and Loss
  •   Eating Disorders
  •   Suicide Prevention
  •   Communication Problems
  •   Time Management
  •   Relationships
  •   Mediation
  •   Substance abuse problems
  •   Smoking
  •   Sexual harassment
  •   Workplace Issues

GOALS OF OUR EAP SERVICE

  •   Provide a solution-oriented approach and identify and improve options
  •   Improve employee health, well-being and productivity
  •   Reduce absenteeism, conflict and workplace stress
  •   Empower the individual to develop personal coping strategies
  •   Improve staff morale, employee retention and recruitment
  •   Facilitate longer-term assistance at the employee’s expense if required
  •   Facilitate external referrals (i.e. for serious addiction problems, psychiatric disorders etc.)

Research shows that video counselling is equally as effective as face-to-face counselling.

Life Psychologists is a leading provider of secure video counselling (SVC) in regional and remote areas.

  • Employee Counselling

As part of Life Psychologists EAP, counselling is an effective way to foster support for your employees, resolve issues and consequently improve productivity and work performance.

Our highly skilled team of Life Psychologists provide solution-focused counselling and coaching for employees with personal and work related issues. They can accurately diagnose and resolve conflict in the workplace and provide team building tools and strategies. We also offer a range of classes and workshops.

Our EAP provides priority support. The aim is to provide an early-intervention, solution-oriented approach that empowers employees to develop more effective coping strategies.

The EAP offers 50 minute consultations for the agreed number of sessions determined by the employer.

Most companies offer between 3 – 6 sessions to their employees.

  • Communication Channels

Our counselling services are not only limited to face-to-face but are also available through phone and video.

Secure Video Counselling (SVC) allows employees to access our high-quality counselling services via a computer, laptop, iPad and Smart Phone. They can be held in a private office at work or they can be made from the employee’s home or external location.

Some of the benefits of Secure Video Counselling include:

  •   Convenient easy access, no travel or parking required
  •   Complete privacy and security
  •   Cost and time-effective
  •   Flexible appointment times including before and after work
  •   Available world-wide over the Internet

Mental Health Checks

Includes 1 test + 15 min phone consult + report summary including test results and recommendations.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It impacts the way that we think, feel and act. Addressing issues and practicing care for our mental health is vital to ensure that the way we handle stress, relate to others and make choices are at their best.

Life Psychologists’ Mental Health Checks can help your employees identify what areas of your emotional and mental health that they may need to address. Our team will discuss the concerns they may be having under strict confidentiality and provide tools and techniques for a healthier and happier life.

Self referral to a mental health check can be an easy first step into having individual sessions, assisting with any anxiety around initial counselling sessions.

For Employers

Employers can also cover the cost of mental health checks for employees under the EAP.

Employees can self refer for a mental health check prior to ongoing counselling sessions, if the checks are included as part of the company’s capped sessions.

  • Critical Incident debriefing

The sudden, overwhelming stress of traumatic events can produce harmful emotional and physical responses in the most level-headed individuals.

Life Psychologists offers support for both companies and individuals who may be impacted. Our sensitive and understanding reception staff can happily guide you through unexpected critical incident support, making the process smooth and stress-free.

Benefits of Critical Incident Support
  •   Assist individuals to process difficult and traumatic events in a timely manner
  •   Ongoing support for employees to prevent reduced productivity
  •   Reduction of stress surrounding a traumatic event
  •   Confidential and safe counselling for employees in need

Cost-effective packages

Life Psychologists offers pre-paid packages offering counselling sessions at discounted rates.

Available in packages of 3 or 6 sessions, these sessions may be purchased for a specific employee, or can be used by any employee from the organisation’s file.

This is an effective way provide invaluable support for staff while reducing costs and increasing profits.

Read more about pricing and available options.

Training and Development services

Training and development psychology services are invaluable tools for personal and professional growth.

Available for groups and individuals, Life Psychologists’ team of highly experienced psychologists working in this area have contributed substantially to the performance of government, corporate and small-to-medium businesses in a variety of sectors by identifying and helping resolve issues that may be hindering productivity and growth.

Have more questions about EAP? Check out our FAQ or contact us today

Contact Us

Your employees can make appointments directly with Life Psychologists, on a voluntary self-referral basis. We manage the number of sessions with a negotiated cap.

Appointments are available across all our locations in the CBD and suburbs. We offer after-hours and Saturday sessions in addition to normal office hours.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Call Life Psychologists on 1300 084 200 or email us info@lifepsych.com.au to discuss your requirements and make an initial appointment.