EAP- Frequently Asked Questions

Employee Assistance

How will the EAP help?
Often life has so many stressors and problems we don't know where to start.

The EAP counselor can sit down with you and help:

• Identify and define stressors and problems
• Prioritize concerns in terms of immediacy and severity
• Develop an action plan and problem–solve
• Help facilitate referrals as needed
• Identify resources within your community
• Provide support and motivation

Our EAP counselors are experts in human behavior change who join with you to help reach your goals.

We all have histories leading to our current situation. As history cannot be changed our EAP professionals focus on making changes in the present for a better tomorrow.

Cascade's 24–hour everyday Crisis Line is staffed by experienced crisis counselors. You can access help by dialing 800–433–2320. Our counselors will assist you in handling the immediate crisis and make plans for follow–up assistance.

The Line is our general mental health information service that allows you to speak with a counselor. It is interactive allowing you to ask for clarifications or more information to your questions and allows us to tailor responses to your special concerns.

How do I know when I need to use the EAP?

• You've tried various solutions, and none seem to work.
• The situation is affecting your work and your relationship with others.
• You are preoccupied with the problem.
• You know something is wrong, but you can't seem to identify the nature of the problem.
• You are having physical signs of stress including headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, etc.
• You need an objective point of view about a problem.

How do I access the EAP?

Call our toll free 1–800–433–2320 number anytime.

For a life–threatening situation, you will receive help immediately. For other situations, you will be offered an appointment with one of our EAP professionals within 48 hours of your call. All of our EAP professionals have a variety of times available for scheduling, including evening hours.

A courteous and caring EAP staff member will answer and help by answering questions, listening, or setting up an office appointment.

We will ask you:

• Your name
• Are you the employee or dependent
• If you are a dependent, who is the employee
• Name of the company with the EAP
• Where do you live (city and state)
• A 1–2 word description of the problem (i.e. marital, stress, anger, parenting)
• We will take some basic demographic information
• We will then connect you with an EAP professional
• Cascade will immediately contact the counselor and give your name and contact number. The counselor will call and set up a time and date for the first appointment.

What can I expect during my first visit?

We suggest that you arrive for your appointment about 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time. This allows you to complete required paperwork and save your time for the visit itself. The EAP professional will discuss confidentially limits, and their policies and procedures for such things as scheduling and telephone calls. They will then ask you about your home or workplace concern. They will conduct a brief social history including drug/alcohol use, legal problems, education, and current stressors.

Feel free to ask questions of the EAP professional including: education, background and training; how do they work with clients; how often do they see clients; how much experience do they have working with your particular concern; do they use homework, etc.

Our EAP Professionals:

• Are licensed in the state(s) in which they practice
• Have a minimum of a masters degree in psychology, counseling, social work, mental health nurse practitioner, marriage and family counseling
• Have a minimum of fours years post–masters experience in their chosen field
• Have experience and understanding of the EAP
• Are familiar with resources available within their communities
• Are located throughout the United States
• Practice brief solution–focused counseling
• Make referrals based on needs, insurance coverage, financial considerations and best practice standards

What is the difference between a Self–Referral and a Supervisor Referral?

A Self–Referral is when you contact the EAP on your own. When this occurs, no one else knows about your contact. Most EAP contacts are Self–Referrals.

A Supervisor Referral may occur when an employee demonstrates a pattern of declining job performance or has been involved in a serious job incident.

Participation in the EAP is still voluntary.

The EAP Counselor will report back to the supervisor only the following information (unless otherwise requested by the client):

• Whether the appointment was kept
• Whether or not any recommendations were made
• Whether or not the employee has followed recommendations to completion

No specific information about the individual case is discussed with the supervisor.

Sometimes a supervisor may recommend that an employee make a self–referral. This situation is not the same as a direct Management or Supervisor Referral and does not follow the procedures outlined above for a Supervisor Referral.