Services

At the Office of Employee Assistance we offer services to faculty and staff and their immediate family members. We utilize a brief problem-resolution focused model of intervention. Our services begin with an assessment of the presenting issues and concerns. Based upon that assessment we will make recommendations. If the OEA professional determines that the brief intervention model will be appropriate for your presenting problems or concerns, an OEA clinician will provide such intervention without charge. When the issues are beyond the scope of this brief model, appropriate referrals to community-based services will be provided to you.  Your benefit plan may help defray most or some of the cost of services.  

Many people delay seeking help until problems pile up. Asking for help is not a sign that you have a mental illness. Everyone needs help at one time or another with something! When is a good time to ask for help with personal or professional problems? Check in to how you are feeling. Feelings can be a useful guide to deciding when to reach out for help. If you are experiencing any of the following feelings more often than you would like, don’t let self-doubt keep you from consulting with the OEA:

  • Distressed, upset, hurt
  • Sad, depressed
  • Helpless, confused, stuck
  • Anxious, worried
  • Over-stressed, fatigued
  • Guilty, ashamed

Any problem or concern that is bothering you is appropriate to discuss with us.

ISSUES


Some people have difficulty in contacting a resource for personal issues or deciding whether it may be beneficial. OEA professionals often talk with people experiencing a range of personal, family, or work-related problems, including: 

  • Marital and relationship difficulties
  • Family issues, parent-child concerns, eldercare challenges
  • Psychological distress – anxiety/depression
  • Alcohol and drug concerns
  • Workplace adjustment challenges
  • Career issues, work conflicts, burnout
  • Stress-related emotional issues
  • Financial or legal situations
  • Grief/Loss experiences
  • Domestic violence


WORKSHOPS


We provide educational sessions on a variety of mental health and wellness topics  for departments and workgroups throughout the university. These workshops can be customized to meet specific needs and objectives.

Topics include: 

  • Work and life balance
  • Effective communication skills
  • Increasing resilience
  • Stress management
  • Coping with aging parents
  • Dealing with someone who drinks too much
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Enhancing relationships
  • Responding to the challenges of change
  • Capitalizing on diversity


CRISIS INTERVENTION


Psychological First Aid / Critical incident stress debriefing :  Support services offered following a stressful event such as an incident, injury, death, disaster, threat or act of violence, or other traumatic event at the workplace. An OEA clinician will come to the workplace to provide support and consultation to the affected individuals who choose to be involved.