The On-Liner

November 2006 Edition


In this issue:

Read the latest President's Message

Meet the Officers and Committee Chairs

The elected slate of officers for 2006-2008 were sworn in on October 19th at the business meeting in Pinehurst by outgoing President, Karen Molli. Pictures coming soon!

The new officers are:
President -- Lindy Langston
Vice President -- Jay Hale
Treasurer -- Dawn Klug
Secretary -- David Hamby

Committee Chairs for this term are:
By-laws -- Joan Radford
Certification -- Steve Sammons
Diversity -- Anthony Howard
Education and Training -- Jay Hale
Legislative and Public Policy -- John Howard
Research, Information and On-liner -- John Waller
Membership Committee -- Lib Edwards
Outreach -- Eileen Hodiak
Standards and Ethics -- Karen Molli
Technology -- Andy Silberman

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October Training a Huge Success!

The October Chapter training was a huge success, thanks to all of you who attended! FirstHealth of the Carolinas EAP hosted for the 4th year in a row in beautiful Pinehurst, NC. Our morning speaker was Dr. Fernando Cobos, Medical director for the Pinehurst Treatment Center based at Moore Regional Hospital. Dr. Cobos is trained as an Addiction Psychiatrist and he presented on Dual-Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. He did a wonderful job helping us understand this topic and the special considerations when working with individuals with Dual-Diagnosis.

Our afternoon speaker was Smith Worth, LCSW, LCAS, who presented on Gambling and Addiction. She is the Program Administrator for the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. She provided an excellent overview and history of this program and also helped the group explore the growing prevalence of this destructive addiction.

The NCEAPA Outreach Committee provided complimentary NCEAPA logo- imprinted pad folios to all registrants as a "Member Appreciation" gift, as was done for the August Chapter training participants. Breakfast goodies were provided compliments of Sara Lee, thanks to Chapter member Patrice Alexander, HR Manager at Sara Lee in Taroboro, NC. And of course there was plenty of opportunity to network over lunch!

All in all, it was yet another successful Chapter training with positive feedback and evaluations for the audience! Looking forward to hosting again next year in Pinehurst!

Submitted by Eileen G. Hodiak, LCSW, CEAP,
NCEAPA Outreach Chairperson

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December 2006 Training Event -- "Talking About My Generation"

We have a great training event scheduled for Thursday, December 7 in Albemarle, NC. Stanly Regional Medical Center, through the efforts of Mona Johnson-Gibson, has graciously agreed to host our December Conference. As in years past, this conference will focus on diversity. Our topics will be "Issues in Eldercare" and "Generational Diversity in the Workplace." Our conference will begin with John Sutton, LCSW, CEAP, Director of the Cape Fear Valley EAP. He will present on the changing generational demographics of the workplace and managing people from different generations within work teams. In the afternoon, we will have Beth Huber, MS, the Director of Britthaven of the Piedmont, present on issues unique to an elderly population and the family members who care for them.

These are great opportunities to gain knowledge on issues related to Generational and Elder concerns. Please join us for this meeting and training event. We have special rates available for conference attendees at the Holiday Inn Express in Albemarle, NC, not far from the hospital. The details and registration form for this training are posted on the NCEAPA website on the Conferences page.

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Preview of the 2007 March Conference!

Mark your calendars March 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th for the NC EAPA Spring Training 2007: Pitching to the Needs of the Workplace. March 13th will be our first pre-conference training, with Jon Speckman on SAP updates. Here is the main conference "starting line up": Gary La Rocque with the NY Mets on the start up of that organization's EAP, Michael Hall: Layoff Survivors; Peter Nagel: Infidelity; Chris Wilburn: Mediation; Paul Maiden: Workplace Disaster Preparedness; Panel presentation (Paul Maiden, Rich Paul, John Howard and Maria Hartley): Ethics of On-line and Telephone Counseling; Jim Mallinson: Opiate Addiction; Al Greene: EAP Basics; Panel led by AARP on Workers over 50; Trish Murray: Brief Interventions; Patrice Alexander: Working with HR; Alliance: Credit Counseling; and the finale will feature C.C. Nuchols: Science of Addiction.

Also, the conference will be held at a new hotel this year, The Embassy Suites in Concord. This is opening January 2007, so everyone can anticipate a beautiful "playing field" in addition to the fabulous presentations.

If you did not mark your calendars as yet, better be sure you are marking them now! This is an event you won't want to miss.

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Overview of Upcoming Training Events for 2007

A new year is soon upon us! As such, we are starting to plan events for 2007. Here is the schedule-Mark your calendars now!

March 13-16, 2007 in Concord, NC -- See related article above. This year's March Conference will offer a pre-conference option on March 13 to get CEU's needed to renew your SAP certification.

May 17-Summer Conference-Place-TBA
Sept 20- Fall Conference-Place-TBA
Dec 6- Winter Conf-Place-TBA

You will notice that there is one less conference this year. Per recently changed IEAPA guidelines, the board needs to meet one less time than previously required. As a result, we have taken one meeting time out of the schedule. The board and the education committee will look for ways to get the most out of these times. If you are interested in being part of the Education Committee, please call Vice-President Jay Hale at 336/499-1244 or e-mail at

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Do You Listserve?

The NC EAPA listserve is a benefit of membership, and offers members an easy and quick way to communicate information or query the entire membership about a particular EAP issue. To send a message to the listserve, just address it to:

When replying to a message, if you want the membership to view your response then use "reply to all". If you only want your reply to go to the sender of the message, then "reply to sender".

If you have difficulty using the listserve, or if your email address changes, contact Andy Silberman at:

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Strange but True

(thanks to Ray Robbins who found this item)

" one study conducted in 1962, 65 per cent of the alcoholics in the experiment stopped drinking for at least a year-and-a-half (the duration of the study) after taking one dose of LSD."

For the past five years, Dr. Erika Dyck has been unearthing some intriguing facts related to a group of pioneering psychiatrists who worked in Saskatchewan in the '50s and '60s. Among other things, the University of Alberta history of medicine professor has found records of the psychiatrists' research that indicate a single dose of the hallucinogenic drug LSD can be an effective treatment for alcoholism.

Source: Research on LSD Treatment for Alcoholism Gets New Look. University of Alberta Released: Sat 07-Oct-2006, Press Release

For complete article, click here.

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Worth Remembering When You Are Frustrated

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -- Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

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