The On-Liner

THE on-LINER March 2002 EDITION
HERE'S THE LATEST CHAPTER NEWS!




JOBS... JOBS... JOBS!

Magellan Behavioral Health is looking for a PhD psychologist or LCSW (MSW) to provide 20 hours/week EAP and outpatient mental health services in the Charlotte office. You must be NC licensed, have had 3-5 years clinical experience with strong CD background. Prefer child/adolescent experience. Excellent salary/benefits. Some evening hours required. Send resume to: Clinical Manager, 300 Billingsley Rd. #109, Charlotte, NC 28211 or fax 704-358-3714.

Part-time Case Manager, Monitor: Requires Masters Degree with substance abuse certification. EAP experience helpful-frequent travel within NC required. Contact: Margaret Graves, Exec. Dir., NC Caring Dental Professionals, Box 1258, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE ROY SONOVICK?

Veteran EA professional, colleague, and friend to many recently retired as EAP Branch Chief for the Division of MH/DD/SAS. Those who know Roy are aware of the contributions he made to the EAP profession not only in North Carolina, but throughout the field. Roy was recently honored at a gathering in Graham where he received recognition from President Bush and Governor Easely. Roy's plans are to take a month off to work at his beach house before returning to Burlington and seeking work closer to his home. Who knows, he could return as a colleague in another capacity. We will miss Roy as a colleague, but still have him as a friend. If you would like to reach Roy you can do so by writing him at: 506 Plantation Drive, Burlington, NC 27215. Great job Roy and good luck!

NEW MEMBER?

If you are a new member contact Ray Robbins at 704-262-1834 so you can be recognized in The Liner.

CHANGE IS CONSTANT

If your email or mailing address has recently changed contact Paula Edwards, chapter secretary, at 828-757-5727 and let her know. If you need to update your email address contact Andy Silberman at andrew.silberman@duke.edu.

BOOK REVIEW - FOUR-STAR GUIDE TO ELDERCARE

Dennie Kuppinger of the Diversity Committee has been kind enough to provide a review of the book How to Care for Aging Parents, by Virginia Morris, 1996.

Have you ever felt like you might be re-inventing the wheel when trying to address eldercare issues? Like surely someone has taken the time to figure out this maze? Well, someone has and it is the manual for navigating the eldercare maze.

Ms. Morris addresses all the issues from the legal, medical, financial, care giving, to emotional needs of all concerned. At $15.95, it is an excellent resource to suggest to your clients who may be feeling bewildered by the complexity of the aging issues. She provides an easy to read format with tips, phone numbers, facts, information, and vignettes to add a human face to the picture. Readers will be empowered to find dignity and hope not only for their loved ones, but also for themselves. "On that day...she was finally trusting me to care for her. She wasn't fighting me. I finally felt what I had always wanted to feel with her..."

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

The Virginia Chapter of EAPA is sponsoring preconference training May 14-15 in Wintergreen, VA on DOT/SAY Qualification Training. The training is presented by Jeffrey A. Kaye and Cristi S. Davis, both CEAPs. The training is 12 hours and the cost is $250. For more information contact Jeff Kaye at 1-800-611-6888.

SERVICE

Remember to refer to the back of the newsletter for a listing of officers and committee chairs. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to serve on a chapter committee contact the appropriate person.

PEER REFERRAL

Each chapter member has access to brief counseling as a part of the chapter Peer Referral Program. Refer to the Chapter Operations Manual for information on accessing this assistance.

TODAY'S THOUGHT

The following is from the book The Promise of a New Day, by Karen Casey, available at hazelden.org.

Today's Thought: Being human is itself difficult, and therefore all kinds of settlements (except dream cities) have problems. ­ Jane Jacobs

A sure cure for rage at the minor irritations of daily life is to sit back from the traffic jam, the broken appointment, the lost vital information, and say, "Being human is itself difficult." It may not cure our frustrations for long, but is's worth practicing.

Many of our troubles stem from forgetting just how difficult it is. We often have impossibly high standards
for behavior, especially our own. We are complicated, marvelous creatures who have many skills, but we thwart our own capacity for enjoyment by expecting that we will be perfect.

If we can detach ourselves from anger and disappointment and reflect on how wonderful it is that we can do anything at all, we may remember to love ourselves and others for our human complexity and simplicity.

Nobody's perfect; such is the nature of my humanity.

THEY'RE WINNERS!

Conference exhibitors were kind enough to provide prizes at the conclusion of the conference. Patrice Alexander had her name drawn no less than six times. Other multiple drawees were Gene Smith and Terry Newsome. Eric Hunter kept his two-year streak alive by winning again.


Congratulations to (l-r): Martha Ausman, President's Award; Vicki Harrington, Awards Committee Chair; and Joan Radofrd, Outstanding Member Award. Joan assumes the Chair of the Awards Committe.

MEMBER IN THE NEWS

Congratulations to Jaci Betts who was recently honored with the 2001 ATHENA Award in recognition of her numerous community service activities including Past Chair of the United Way Call & Answer Line, missionary work in Brazil and Guatemala, and past President of the Asheboro Rotary Club.

MARCH CONFERENCE WRAP UP

From the buzz that was heard, the North Carolina 23rd Annual Training Conference was a success. Have I mentioned that this committee ROCKED?
I had the pleasure and honor of being surrounded by some great chapter members, co-chair Sandy Allen, Martha Ausman, Miriam Bundy, David Hamby, Melissa Holmes, Cliff Morgan, Joan Radford and Jo Turbyfill. I also want to thank again the 24 exhibitors that shared their time with our chapter. Without their support, this conference would not be at the level it is. Thank you again to Value Options for their continued Sponsorship, Carolina Manor, Carolinas HealthCare System, Caron Foundation, Cornerstone of Recovery, Inc., Dilworth Center, Eastover Psychological, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Fellowship Hall, First Health Behavioral Services, Hazelden, High Point Behavioral Health, Hospice at Charlotte, Inner Harbour, Life Center of Galax, Lifeworks Behavioral Health, Northeast Medical Center, Novant Health, Renfrew Center, Southeast Pain Alternatives, Three Springs of NC, Wilmington Treatment Center, Workplace Options, Inc., Alzheimer's Association and Council on Aging. Big ups to David Hamby and Sandy Allen who worked hard to get the exhibitors there. There were awesome speakers that spoke on timely subjects, and energize the participants. Sheri Lynch, the morning radio talk show host on 107.9 the LINK, kicked us off with her humorous but touching story on how she got help through her EAP to William Moyers inspiring people to their feet in a standing ovation. Each presenter brought good information and received great feedback from the participants. We must mention Bingo and say thank you to Chuck a.k.a. Cliff Morgan and Vanna a.k.a. Shannon South A good time was had by all and fabulous prizes were won. We had representation from South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee that attended the conference. The word is getting out about the outstanding conferences that the North Carolina Chapter puts on. I pass this on to Sandy Allen with confidence that 2003 will be bigger and better.

Fondly,
Karen Molli
2002 March Conference Chairperson


Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Sheri Lynch of Bob and Sheri (107.9 FM) in Charlotte delivers the opening keynote address for the March Conference. Sheri shared her personal EAP experience in an entertaining and poignant manner.


L-R: EAP Licensure Committee members, Ben Stiling, Chair; Midgie Brawley, Patrice Alexander, and John Howard participate in a panel discussion on EAP practice licensure in NC.


Plenary speaker William C. Moyers (Hazelden Foundation and son of Bill Moyers ) delivers an inspiring Plenary address about how each of us can make a difference in the battle on chemical dependency. Afterwards, he received a standing ovation. Hard to do right after lunch!


Cliff Morgan and assistant "Vanna" (aka Shannon South) serve as facilitators for the "full contact" bingo games. There were numerous valuable prizes awarded to many combatants!

 

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