The On-Liner

January 2004 Edition


In this issue:

Read the latest President's Message

David A. Hamby, Conference Chair

Don't forget the 25th Anniversary of NC/EAPA's March Training Conference coming up March 10-12, 2004! EAPs: The Silver Lining is our theme and was chosen to reflect our anniversary and the tasks we as EA Professionals face in helping our employee / employer clients in renewing hope and motivation after our country's recent trials.

New location for 2004 will be the Hyatt Charlotte at SouthPark. The Planning Committee is very excited about their facilities, their location and their staff's commitment to making our Conference a great success. This area has lots of great restaurants and shopping, as well as this Hyatt's fabulous food.

Our Silver Anniversary means there will be lots of special and fun events to commemorate this auspicious occasion. So plan to be there and contact me or any of the Planning Committee members with your ideas (704-355-5021 or e-mail

For more information, refer to the Calendar page.

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The Outreach Committee has been busy since our last edition of the On-Liner! We successfully hosted the October NC/EAPA Workshop at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital's Conference Center, with Peter Nagel, LMFT, CCAS as presenter. Peter did a wonderful job exploring the use of "Personality Adaptations to Guide Counseling with Employees." The workshop was well attended and a good time was had by all who participated. Thanks, again, to all of you who helped make this event a success. Feedback from the participants has indicated a strong desire to host another workshop next year at the FirstHealth Conference Center.

The Outreach Committee also offered EAPA merchandise for sale at the workshop and the result was $36.50 in sales. We will continue to offer EAPA merchandise, at a 50% discount to NC/EAPA members, at future workshops. Remember, the holidays are coming and NC/EAPA mugs, denim shirts, and portfolios make great gifts and stocking stuffers for friends, family, coworkers and your boss! Prices are listed below (shipping not included) and supplies are limited!


Member Price
Denim Shirt $15 each $30 each
Gym Bag $10 each $20 each
Garment Bag $10 each $20 each
Canvas Tote Bag $10 each $20 each
Attache Case $5 each $10 each
Portfolio $5 each $10 each
Travel Mug $4 each $8 each
Calculator $4 each $8 each
Business Card Holder $1.50 each $3 each

Eileen G. Hodiak, LCSW
Outreach Committee Chairperson
Work 910-693-3603 or toll-free 1-888-278-4595

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At previous board meetings, members of the NC EAPA Board have discussed ways to insure that NC EAPA members are receiving the full value of their membership.

One of the items the board members decided was that only NC EAPA members will receive a discounted rate for quarterly training and the March Conference. That is a huge discount!

Another benefit of being a NC EAPA member is being a part of the listserv to receive email on EAP related topics, training, and job openings. And of course, NC EAPA members have access to great networking opportunities, which we all know is an important resource for EA Professionals.

All of that for only $40.00 per year!

International EAPA has been working to help speed up the process of becoming a member and renewing membership, but please remember that renewing prior to your lapse date will insure that you won't miss out on any of the benefits of membership.

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The LEAP Board meets the last month of each quarter. All applications (new and renewal) must be postmarked by the last day of the previous month in that quarter.(i.e. LEAP Board meeting June 18, the application must be postmarked May 31.) Applications are available by contacting Jo Yarbrough at or Midgie Brawley at

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Please visit the Jobs page of this site to view the latest job postings! Remember, if you have a job opening you'd like to have listed, please contact Andy Silberman at

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The Liner is now completely electronic. In order to be notified when the latest edition is available on the Web site you will need to make sure Andy Silberman has your correct email address. If your email address changes or if you want to be added to the listserv, contact Andy at

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NCEAPA Chapter Officers
Your Chapter Officers (L-R): Jay Hale, Treasurer, Martha Ausman, Secretary;
Joan Radford, President; Karen Molli, Vice President


December 5, 2003
Mercy Horizons Outpatient Services
Charlotte, NC

Joan Radford, President, called the meeting to order and introduced first time attendees and new members, Marianne Haynes, Kayce Lee and Lisa Upchurch.

  1. President's Report – Joan Radford
    Joan expressed her thanks to the NC Chapter for making it possible for her to attend the IEAPA Officer's Training and Conference in New Orleans on November 21-24. She thanked Martha Ausman for sharing a hotel room with her as that saved the Chapter approximately $400.00. Joan gave the following highlights of the Training and Conference:

    • Finances:
      • IEAPA lost money for fourth consecutive year; however, we did see revenue growth for the first time in 4 years. IEAPA is "gradually getting healthier".
      • Member fundraiser generated $7,900 by June 30th and $5,000 since June 30th. IEAPA will be sending out a letter asking Chapters to contribute $2,000-$5,000 each. There was discussion on the letter asking Chapters to contribute but we don't have the final letter. Will keep the Board informed on that matter.
      • Conference budget projected 1,054 attendees and 800 had registered 5 days prior to the conference opening. $750,000 projected income and had $601,000 on 11/17/03.
      • IEAPA has 4,900 members.
      • IEAPA has subleased part of their office space for $56,475. Lease expires for office space in 2005. Due to their downsizing, they had more space than needed.
    • CEO: To find a replacement for IEAPA present CEO, interviews will take place on December 13-14th. All 12 Board members will interview plus the following four: Chapter President, Jeff Kaye from the Virginia Chapter, an International member, EASNA CEP (has to be member of EAPA too), and a Past President from the President's Council (Jack Hennessy).
    • EAPA/EASNA Merger: EAPA has voted to proceed with the pursuit of a merger but will present draft of merger to membership for vote and feedback at each step. The intent is ONE VOICE for EAP, not to generate new members.
    • Membership Categories: Information that was sent to members earlier is not the final draft. It appears that we will have CEAP/non-CEAP membership categories, with benefits for members that are CEAPs. Discounts on registration and materials proposed for CEAPs vs. non-CEAPs.
    • Master CEAP/other credentials: Master CEAP will be based on experience and not education/degrees due to feedback from member surveys. Other certifications may be offered in CISM, SAP, etc. Joan encouraged all Chapter members to read all correspondence that is received from IEAPA or any that she forwards to each member. She said that our feedback on surveys does make a difference; our votes do count; our voices are being heard. She also mentioned that we do not have the right to criticize or complain if we do not provide feedback or input when our thoughts are solicited. International EAPA is our organization and we can make a difference.

  2. Treasurer's Report – Jay Hale

    • October Conference — Jay reported that we had 21 people attend the October Conference held at FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, NC. We collected a total of $605 in registration fees and had expenses totaling $188.10 creating a profit of $416.90.
    • December Conference — Jay reported that we have 30 people registered for today's Conference.
    • Revenues / Expenses — Jay reported that we brought in $360 this quarter in membership fees; $2,250 from Sponsors for March Conference; $1,490 this fiscal year in Conference registrations. We have spent $438.75 in March Conference expenses; $1,290.69 in Chapter Officers' Expenses.
    • Jay reported that he has filed our taxes with the IRS and paid our account $398.95 for completing all required tax forms.
    • Assets — Jay reported that we have seen an increase in value for the mutual funds. Our Chapter is in good financial standing

  3. District II
    Joan did not have a report from Rich Barrett, District II Director. However, Joan attended the District II meeting in New Orleans. Most of the chapters report much better customer service from IEAPA. However, much concern was expressed over the struggle that smaller chapters are experiencing in just trying to survive. District II officers training is scheduled for April 2nd & 3rd in St. Louis.

  4. Standing Committee Reports

    1. Legislative and Public Policy – John Howard
      In John's absence, Joan reported that Randolph Cloud wants to meet with Joan Radford and John Howard on Tuesday, December 15th, to review the confidentiality of Employee Assistance records.

      Jackie Betts reported on the NC Substance Abuse Federation. Its Vision is: A system of prevention and addiction services that is available, affordable, accessible and accountable to the people of NC. Its Mission is: Advocate and promote effective addiction and SA education, prevention, research and treatment services to improve the quality of life in NC. Membership is open to agencies, groups and organizations for individuals who identify with the Federation mission and demonstrate active participation in its advocacy and promotional activities - Organizations, Professional, Advocate/Supporter, Student, Lifetime. Its Concerns are: Under "Mental Health Reform" little attention has been given to SA. The problem of going generic has resulted in the dropping of services; staff feeling overwhelmed; LME's still in process; crisis of information and data collection state wide; system of new services is unavailable and major gaps in continuum of care are present. Action plan being devised by the Federation.

      Midgie Brawley resigned as Chairperson of the LEAP Board. Joan reminded everyone to watch for their recertification renewal dates. Elaine Jenkins also reminded members that if your LEAP recertification got moved from one month to another and you attended a training that got caught between the changed dates, you may submit those training hours at the next recertification.

    2. Membership – Dawn Klug
      Dawn opened her report by stated her regrets that she will not be able to attend the Board meeting in person. She submitted the following report:

      • We currently have 135 people listed in our NC EAPA Membership directory. International's listing on November 11th had 129 members listed, which matches our current list of having 6 people who have past due memberships before 11/11/03. Anyone of these members who have not renewed by March will be removed from the membership list and listserve.
      • Four members have memberships that were due on 11/15/03 and have not paid them as of this time (or at least they have not been processed by International).
      • Five members have membership expiration on 12/15/03 and have not paid them at this time. They will be contacted by me through email to remind them to renew their membership.
      • International has improved their reporting of membership tremendously and appears to be processing membership renewals faster than previously handled. I also seem to be receiving fewer complaints about International's customer service.
      • I had only one request for membership and it was through email. The person was directed to the website and offered to have an application mailed to them directly.

    3. Education & Training – Karen Molli
      Karen thanked Mercy Horizons for providing the location and continental breakfast for today Conference. Karen also thanked Marilyn Raines for making all the arrangements and planning our presenters. Karen also asked the members to provide suggestions for training topics for future conference and submit suggestions to Karen.

    4. Research and Information – Miriam Bundy
      Miriam reported that approximately 25% of our Chapter membership responded to the survey sent to all Chapter members requesting specific information regarding credentials and practice. Miriam will send another notice to membership to try to get more responses.

    5. Outreach – Eileen Hodiak No report.

    6. By-Laws – Elaine Jenkins
      Elaine reported that she is still working on updates to the Chapter By-Laws and needs a few more. She stated that the revisions need to be completed by the March Board Meeting.

    7. Technologies – Andy Silberman
      Andy reported that there are only about 20 current NC EAPA members that are not on the listserv. He reminded everyone that the listserv is the only means of communication. The listserv may be used to post questions for response from other members.

    8. Diversity – Marilyn Raines
      Marilyn thanked her committee members for assisting in putting on today's conference. She is recruiting additional committee members.

    9. Certification – Jim Cooper
      Jim reported that the one form for CEUs and PDHs can be used for all disciplines. He also reminded the members that if you have questions about your CEAP, please contact Jim first and he will contact EACC if he can't answer your questions.

    10. Standards and Ethics – Cliff Morgan
      No report.

  5. Special Committees

    1. Scholarship – Karen Molli
      Karen reported that there were no requests for scholarships for this conference and, therefore, none were awarded.

    2. Awards – Andy Silberman
      In Andy's absence, Jay Hale drew for the winner of the March Conference Registration. The winner was Lisa Upchurch.

    3. March Conference – Karen Molli
      David Hamby, March Conference Chairperson, reported that they have a full slate of speakers, three sponsors, money is coming in from exhibitors and it looks like it will be a great conference. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt SouthPark Hotel in Charlotte. Rich Barrett, District II Director, will attend our Conference and Don Jorgeson, IEAPA President, may also attend.

  6. New Business
    Midgie Brawley thanked everyone for all the cards, prayers, phone calls received during Bill's illness. He is making an excellent recovery.

With no further business, Joan Radford adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Martha Ausman, CEAP, LEAP
NC/EAPA Chapter

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