June 2005 Edition
HERE'S THE LATEST CHAPTER NEWS!
In this issue:
Welcome New Members!
Sharon Hill ValueOptions, RTP
The next scheduled LEAP Board meetings are September 13th and December 13th. Applications for licensure should be postmarked by August 31st and November 30th. Send them to NC Division of MH/DD/SAS, Attention: Jo Yarbrough, MSC 3007, Raleigh, NC 27699-3007. If you have any questions or concerns contact Jo Yarbrough at 919-733-4670 or Roy Sonovick, Chair NC BLEAP, at 336-227-8923.
A Reminder... if you have moved or changed your e-mail address recently AND have not been receiving listserve messages, please contact Andy Silberman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to provide your current e-mail address.
Upcoming Chapter Training Events
Mark your calendars for Thursday August 4, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for our next chapter meeting in Chapel Hill. We will be learning about Dialectic Behavioral Therapy with Alicia Gonzalez presenting.
Following this presentation we will understand the theoretical foundations and components of DBT and will learn skills that are applicable to this brief treatment model for use in an employee assistance setting.
Alicia Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CS is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who works in private practice and with the Duke AHEC Program. In 1995 she completed the DBT Intensive Training with Marsha Linehan, Ph. D. She has led DBT skills groups for in-patient, out-patient, research and private practice settings.
Both the board and chapter meetings will be held at the new Hampton Inn located at I-40 and Hwy. 54 in Chapel Hill. Sleeping rooms are available at this hotel for $78.00 plus tax single or double. We also have an agreement with the Holiday Inn Express, next door, with a room rate of $62.50 plus tax single or double. As always, lunch is included in the registration fee. Please use "EAPA" when making your reservation and reserve early because our contract is based upon room availability.
On October 6, 2005 First Health of the Carolinas in Pinehurst has been gracious enough to host our chapter meeting once again. The title of this training is The Threat Assessment Process and New Workplace Security Laws presented by Johnny Lee.
On December 1, 2005 the Diversity Committee has been fortunate to enlist Carol Coleran to educate attendees about Elder Substance Abuse. This training will be hosted by The Haven, an assisted living facility in Charlotte.
For more information, please visit our Calendar page.
EAP-Related Merchandise Deals!
Have you been thinking of ways to promote the EAP profession or your own services? Why not do what so many do and promote with items to remind people of what you do? We have various items available through the Outreach Committee. Contact Eileen Hodiak before that next marketing presentation or management training for more information and deals at 910-215-3435.
www.livingwithadd.com: Information on ADD and resources.
Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of wisdom I (Christine Jones) found from the book, The Daily Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker with Joseph A. Maciariello, arperBusiness, New York 2004
"Never stop asking yourself, 'What is our business?'"
"The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it.
"The right answer to the wrong problem is very difficult to fix."
"No organization can do better than the people it has."
"Innovative ideas are like frogs' eggs: of a thousand hatched, only one or two survive to maturity.
"The question 'What should I contribute?' gives freedom because it gives responsibility.
In the News
A nonprofit group in Sarasota funds medical research on methylene-dioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy. Researchers believe that ecstasy, which acts on the same brain chemicals as popular antidepressants, will make psychotherapy more productive for victims of violence whose emotional scars have not healed with other types of treatment. The South Carolina project is part of a new wave of research that focuses on the possible medicinal benefits of illegal drugs ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD and marijuana. (From the St. Petersburg Times article by Janet Zink)
A British study has shown that workers distracted by phone calls, emails, and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard.
A survey of 1,100 Britons showed:
In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King's College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day. He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points the equivalent to missing a whole night's sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.
"This is a very real and widespread phenomenon," Wilson said. "We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness. Companies should encourage a more balanced and appropriate way of working." Wilson said the IQ drop was even more significant in the men who took part in the tests.
"The research suggests that we are in danger of being caught up in a 24-hour 'always on' society," said David Smith of Hewlett Packard. "This is more worrying when you consider the potential impairment on performance and concentration for workers, and the consequent impact on businesses."
The Correct Way to Forward Emails
Do you really know how to forward E-mails? 50% of us do; 50% do NOT. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people that got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses. As the messages get forwarded along the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for someone to get a virus and his computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it?
Well, there are two easy steps:
(From the editor: Keeping in mind that effective communication is approximately 55% body language, 33% tone-of-voice, and less than 10% words, do we really want so much of our communication to be by email? The opportunity for miscommunication is significant.)
A linguist was giving a talk at a conference and made the point that English is one of the few languages without a double-positive (yes, yes) that actually means a negative (no). While pausing to let his statement sink in, someone from the audience sarcastically exclaimed, "Yeah, right."
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