The 2019 Eduweek Theme:

LEADING THROUGH CHANGE: Navigating EAP in an Everchanging Workscape


The cultural, social and economic contexts of organisations in which EAP programmes are provided are going through rapid change, precipitated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and whatever these changes may be, their employees are sure to be feeling the positive and negative effects.

Workplace change isn’t easy.  Business experts agree that the success of organisations, and the employees who inhabit them, in the 21st century rests on both leadership and workers’ ability to adapt to and make the most of change.  Learning to thrive through change is the skill that employees from all strata most need, in order to meet whatever challenges may come their way throughout their careers.

EAP needs to change, to keep in step with wholesale evolution wrought by technological innovation in the workplace, as well as assist their client organisations and employees to successfully navigate the resultant stressors and challenges, and thus successfully ride the tide of this change.

Suggestions for Speaker Content:

The Presentation Topics should:

1. Challenge existing thinking, while continuing to provide proven strategies to develop and enhance an EAP’s knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of each workplace, in order to better serve both client companies and employees;

2. Contribute to solutions and alternatives with respect to up-to-date and innovative interventions, assessments, and referrals as these pertain to employee/family identification, addictions and behavioural health in the workplace, with application to workplace issues resulting from:

  • Opioids/substance abuse
  • Behavioural addictions
  • Mental health
  • Disability management

3. Demonstrate opportunities for collaboration with client organisations (which includes human resources, existing union bargaining units, occupational medicine, and/or organisational consultants);

4. Prepare EAP’s for working with all variations of diverse employee populations – including the ageing employee, disability inclusion and LGBTQIA – which requires cultural competence and expanded knowledge, skills and recognition of an ever-evolving and diverse workplace; and where the EAP role encompasses working with the individual, as well in providing education and support for the manager and co-workers.

5. Demonstrate EAP’s role and EAP’ service delivery in responding to, steering, and leading opportunities to advance workplace culture through EAP knowledge and experience with diverse / special constituencies in the workplace, through disruptive event preparedness, and through an understanding of workplace, regulatory, and social norms.

6. Introduce and demonstrate technology that has enhanced EAP’s impact on the workplace. Outcome measures need to be provided.

7.Provide a direct and measurable link to enhancing overall employee wellness and well-being, and organisational culture.

Relevant Topic Ideas:

Individual Level

  • Wellness goes beyond physical health: A new system for integrating mental health in workplace wellness
  • Lowering stress and building resilience on the go
  • Post-election stress: Ethical boundaries in EAP counselling and workplace conversation
  • Providing discreet assistance to corporate executives
  • The Next “Genderation”: Supporting transgender employees in the workplace
  • Preparing for a maturing workforce
  • Financial stress: The workplace epidemic of the 21st Century
  • Elevating ethical awareness
  • Integrative treatment of chronic pain and addiction
  • Indispensable EAP: Executive Coaching for Leaders and High Performers
  • Eldercare: How leveraging technology can make a difference
  • Expanding technological reach without compromising emotional touch
  • Deepen your consulting toolkit to expand your EAP’s value
  • Hello, it’s me: Best practices for telephonic wellness coaching

    Content Focus Areas:

    Individual Level

    • Mental illness
    • Cognitive difficulties
    • Health and incapacity
    • Opioids and substance abuse
    • Addictive behaviour at work – Internet |Social Media | Pornography
    • Alternative|Complementary health
    • Spirituality in the workplace
    • Physical fitness through sport and recreation
    • The stress of adapting to rapid technological change


      Organisational Level

      • The re-emergence of EAP focus on addiction
      • Enhancing the EAP, employer, and employee relationship
      • De-mystifying EAP ROI calculations
      • Critical incident response: What managers must know
      • Beyond the disruptive event
      • Imbedding your EAP by creating a peer network
      • Actively engaging with EAP clients through Telehealth
      • Minimizing time and productivity loss through technology-based treatment
      • Are you endangered or enduring? Maintaining relevance as an organisation
      • Planning and implementing a 21st Century EAP – from zero to ‘Go’
      • Do we get to employee engagement through employee assistance?

        Organisational Level

        • Workplace stakeholder management
        • Diversity
        • Cultural competence
        • Generational Differences
        • Gender issues
        • Employee engagement
        • EAP as a benefit in attracting top talent
        • Reducing absenteeism
        • Synergy with Occupational Health and Safety
        • Disaster management
          Industry Level

          • Significant changes in the world of work
          • Major disruptions that are in the throes of shaping the future of EAP
          • Leveraging technology to sell and market effective EAPs in the 21st century
          • Use of technology in EAP: 365 days of continual technology supported care
          • “ Take two Apps and call me in the morning” – the dangers in commoditised EAP support
          Industry Level

          • Best practice
          • Legislative updates affecting EAPS
          • National and international trends
          • Technology in EAP
          • EAP strategies
          • Workplace policies
          • Innovation in EA programme design
          • EAPs role in CSI
          • Metrics and measurement of EAP
          • Managing Wellness Information
          • Professional | Ethical conduct


          Speakers can attend the rest of the sessions on the day of their presentation free of charge. R500 will be charged for any other day you wish to attend.

          Full price will be charged for any other activity like: Pre-Conference Training (R1,000.00) and the Presidential Awards Dinner.

          Key dates for Speakers

          11th April: Open "Call for Papers"

          23rd May: Successful speakers are notified

          1st August: Speaker deadline to register online as a delegate

          15th August: Final date for submission of PowerPoint presentations to EAPA-SA

          17th - 20th September: EAPA-SA and Eduweek 2019


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