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NC EAPA September 2017  Training


The Experience of Muslims in the Workplace and How the EAP can Support Muslim Employees”

WHEN:  Friday, September 15, 2017

TIME:    8:30am – 4:00pm

WHERE: Morehead Manor

914 Vickers Ave

Durham, North Carolina 27701

HOTEL INFORMATION: Make reservations online HERE.

Aloft Downtown Durham (a few minutes away from the meeting location)  $145/night

345 Blackwell Street. Durham, NC 27701, United States

Phone: (919) 402 5656



Title:    The Experience of Muslims in the Workplace and How EAP can Support Muslim Employees
Bio:    Imam Shane Atkinson spent twenty years caring for patients as a Board Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner. In 2011 he was awarded an Ijaza (Masters level traditional degree) to teach Islamic theology, law, and spirituality. Shane entered the Clinical Pastoral Education program at UNC Medical Center in 2015 as the first Muslim in their department. Shane completed a rigorous four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and now teaches in UNC’s CPE program as well as serving on their Professional Advisory Group. Shane currently works at Elon Universities Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life as their Muslim Life Coordinator. Since 2015, Shane has served as Associate Imam at As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Session Description:    As the number of Muslims increase in the workplace, now more than ever, EA Professionals need a firm understanding of Islamic beliefs, practices, and concerns. Cultural and Religious differences that may present a barrier to communication can be effectively bridged with the appropriate knowledge and empathic approach. Our sessions will address the most common issues Muslims struggle within the workplace such as accommodations for prayer, allowances for head coverings, and navigating dietary restrictions. We will explore best practices when offering emotional support as the Muslim community shy away from seeking counsel and advice from people outside of their immediate family.



Title:      Considering a Different 1%: Military Families in the United States
Bio:    Rachel Kaufmann, MA, LPC, CEAP is Director, Specialty Programs for the ValueOptions Federal Services Inc., a division of Beacon Health Options. In that role she is responsible for the overall management and operations of an outreach team and a Wounded Warrior Resources team which are part of Military OneSource, an employee assistance program for active duty, National Guard and Reserve servicemembers and their immediate family members. Prior to that, she worked as an EAP Workplace Consultant providing EAP consultation to over 100 client companies. Rachel has worked in the field of Employee Assistance since 2005 and received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Scripps College, holds a Master of Counseling degree from Webster University, and received Certification as an Employee Assistance Program professional in 2009.
Description:     North Carolina trails only California and Texas in the sheer number of military members who call the Tar Heel state home. In 2016, this number was 129,049, out of 9.5 million residents, or about 1.35%. It’s important for EA professionals in North Carolina to understand the characteristics of military families: demographic information, challenges unique to the military and challenges in common with civilian communities. We will explore our own biases about military families and share tips and insights on treating these families. We’ll end our session with an exploration of resources for learning more about military families, as well as counseling and other resources which can assist you in your work with them.



“Listen, Learn, Lead, Repeat: A Theoretical, Developmental, and Practical Approach to Mentoring for EA Professionals”

Date:  December 8, 2017

Location: Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne

131 Ballantyne Corporate Place

Charlotte, NC  28277

Room rates are:  $119 plus tax

Guests may now call 704-247-2222

Request to book under the “NC EAPA Block”

Or  use the link information provided  here.


 This interactive and informative session will explore the history of mentoring in the workplace,

explain contemporary theory and practices, and increase participant productivity, career and personal goal setting, and understanding of how to maximize the mentor/mentee relationship.


Presenter: Dr. Manuel Dudley

Brief Bio: Dr. Manuel Dudley is the Dean of the Greensboro Campus at Guilford Technical Community College. He is responsible for facilities, student conduct, general campus operations/management, and serves as the liaison and designee on various college committees and special initiatives throughout the Greensboro community. Dr. Dudley has worked at GTCC since 2010 and in the North Carolina Community College System for 20 years. He received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology, a M.S. in Counseling and Educational Development, and Ed. S. in Gerontology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He began his community college career as a recruiter and Human Resources Development trainer at Wayne Community College, held a subsequent position as the Department Chair of Human Services Technology, and was hired in 2003 by Mitchell Community College as the Dean of Math, Natural and Social Sciences, Public Services and Cooperative Education.

His work with the North Carolina Community College Minority Male Mentoring Initiative received statewide recognition in 2008 and currently volunteers on boards for The Greensboro Housing Authority, the UNC-Greensboro School of Counseling and Educational Development, Family Service of the Piedmont, and the State Employees Credit Union-Muirs Chapel Branch.

Dr. Dudley received his doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and dissertation topic was “Mentoring as a Professional Development Tool in Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in the North Carolina Community College System”.


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