The On-Liner

October 2007 Edition


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Read the latest President's Message

NC EAPA September Ethics Training Summary

On September 20, 2007, NCEAPA hosted its quarterly chapter training at the Comfort Inn and Suites in RTP, NC. There were 39 people in attendance at the meeting, which is one of the largest attendances we have had at a chapter meeting in some time. We had both members and non-members attending, including one person from the Maryland EAPA chapter. In the morning, Angel Gray and Lisa Corbett from the NC Department of Justice gave us information on legal issues around confidentiality, HIPAA and doing EAP services using electronic medium. We discussed how the EAPA ethical guidelines speak to confidentiality, counseling across electronic medium and other pertinent issues. We were also given resources in which to follow up on questions we may have regarding HIPAA and other legal/ethical related concerns.

In the afternoon, Gary Bailey expanded the discussion on ethics to talk about the concept of "virtuous ethics" - going beyond what is minimally expected to doing what would be the best thing to do in a given situation. Gary is the owner of Alamance Lifeworks EAP in Burlington, NC and has been an adjunct professor at Elon University, where he now provides counseling part time in the student health services department. Gary gave several examples and led a discussion on how the idea of virtuous ethics might be applied.

Remember, chapter meetings are a great opportunity to network and get PDH's. Find out what's going on in your chapter and the EAP field in general by attending the next chapter meeting. Mark your calendars for our next training on 12/5/07 at Presbyterian Matthews! See you in Matthews!

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NC EAPA September 2007 Training - "Box Of Generosity" Winners

Congratulations to our "Box of Generosity" winners whose names were chosen at our EAPA/NC September 2007 chapter training held in Raleigh, NC.

  • Irene Carroll was the winner of the paid EAPA/NC March conference registration (a $185 value).
  • Julie Fleck was the winner of the EAPA/NC one-year membership (a $40 value).

As your EAPA/NC Outstanding Member of the Year for 2007, I have the privilege of coordinating the "Box of Generosity" for the year.

The "Box" contains all the names of our EAPA/NC members plus the names of each registrant for each chapter training. The more often you attend our chapter trainings, the greater your chances are of winning these VALUABLE PRIZES!

Be sure to plan on attending our December chapter training as we will be giving away another March conference registration and another EAPA/NC one-year membership. This is just another way we show our members how much we appreciate their support!

Eileen G. Hodiak, LCSW, CEAP
EAPA/NC Outstanding Member of the Year 2007
October 2007

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NC EAPA Upcoming December Training: The Southern Appalachian Culture

Southern Appalachian Culture and Mental Health

This session will begin with an overview of Southern Appalachian history, culture, and social organization. The fundamental social importance of the core values of family, community, and women's roles will be described. The relevance of these aspects of Southern Appalachian culture to mental health treatment - with particular emphasis on the role of the therapist-will follow.


  1. Overview of Southern Appalachian history and culture.
  2. Define Southern Appalachian core values, basis for social organization, and role of women.
  3. Define theraputic techniques and interventions with particular emphasis on the role of the therapist.
  4. Evaluate the usefulness/effectiveness of theraputic techniques and interventions in regard to Southern Appalachian culture/clients.

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Biographies for the NC EAPA December Training Speakers

Susan E. Keefe, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She has done fieldwork in Mexico, Barbados, and among Mexican Americans in southern California and Appalachian peoples in western North Carolina. She has authored and edited five books and monographs, including Appalachian Mental Health (University Press of Kentucky, 1988) and most recently Appalachian Cultural Competency: A Guide for Medical, Mental Health, and Social Service Professionals (University of Tennessee Press, 2005). She is currently editing another book on participatory development in Appalachia. At Appalachian State, she teaches medical anthropology, applied anthropology, and qualitative methods and has supervised over 300 student interns both locally and elsewhere in the nation and the world.

Susie Greene currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students of Student Development at Appalachian State University. Her interest and work with Southern Appalachian Culture and Mental Health stems from her 35 years of working as a mental health professional serving in public school-elementary, high school, and university students from that region. Susie lives in Blowing Rock North Carolina and enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and volunteering in her "free" time.

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2008 March Conference Committee Update


Your 2008 March Conference Committee has been busy meeting on a monthly basis, via conference calls, to plan and coordinate your upcoming March conference. Our request for proposals resulted in some excellent proposals from potential presenters both within and outside our North Carolina EAPA chapter. We will be making the final selections in the near future so stay tuned for more information on who you can expect to see at the conference. We are also getting ready to contact exhibitors and sponsors, so be sure to let the committee know if you have contact information for a potential exhibitor or sponsor, or if your organization is interested in participating.

The March conference "Save the Date" postcard has been posted on our website and is available for you to print and distribute as needed. The Committee decided to create both the conference postcard and brochure electronically this year, but the brochure will be available in hardcopy format if needed.

We will be targeting the graduate-level counseling programs and the HR professional community this year and will to continue promote the conference within and outside the NC chapter. Our goal is to continue to increase attendance at our annual conference by reaching out to these other groups.

I am excited to be leading this conference committee this year and am confident we will be offering another excellent training and network opportunity for professionals across the state and beyond. Looking forward to seeing you in March!

Eileen G. Hodiak, LCSW, CEAP
EAPA/NC 2008 March Conference Chairperson
Work Phone: (910) 829-1732
October 2007

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Use PayPal to Register and Pay!

Many of you used PayPal to register and pay for the September workshop, and found it to be easy and convenient. If you didn't take advantage of it this time, consider doing so for future workshops and the March conference. No forms to print out and mail in...just fill out the info online and use a credit card to pay.

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Listserve Reminder

If you are a new member to NC EAPA and are not on the listserve, or you are a seasoned member and have changed your e-mail address lately, send your e-mail address to Andy Silberman at:

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For Your Reading Pleasure

For Your Reading Pleasure: Ray Robbins forwarded this as something that may be of interest:

Hi Listmates:
On Addiction Medicine, John F. posted what follows on the health economics of treatment for depression. He also commented on the same for addiction treatment. Dennis McCarty then responded with the most recent update on the health economics of addiction treatment. Thanks Dennis.

From John F.
"This study of the value of treatment for depression in terms of increased productivity and lowered employee costs reminds me that it has been awhile since we have seen such a "save money" study about addiction treatment. Government won't foot the bill for addiction treatment costs any more than they are doing now. Health insurance carriers work hard to exclude it from standard benefits. So there are only two other major sources -- the person (check the "self" box, and watch for the excessive price), or industry. So we need to give industry constant reminders that it is to their benefit to treat employees, more than just having an EAP (often in recovery), talk them down, and then fire them at the next incident." Depression Study

The Substance Abuse Policy Research Porgram ( is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored initiative to support policy research related to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They have sponsored a number of studies related to the health economics of addiction treatment.

A new feature on the website is the section on Knowledge Assets - go to: and click on policy resources and on knowledge assets. These summaries of recent policy research focus on specific topics including an update on cost and effectiveness of addiction treatment - go here.

Policy makers and other users can get a briefing but can also drill down.

Links to pubmed and to the journals are included so users can do their own research.

Susan Ettner and colleagues at UCLA completed a recent large scale cost/effectiveness analysis that again found the 7:1 benefit to cost ratio:

Ettner, S. L., Huang, D., Evans, E., Ash, D. R., Hardy, M., Jourabchi, M., Hser, Y. (2006). Benefit-cost in the California Outcome Project (CalTOP): Does substance abuse treatment "pay for itself"? Health Services Research, 41(1), 192-213, 2006.

Dennis McCarty


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Angel Gray and Lisa Corbett shared a lot of great info about Ethics/Confidentiality

Gary Bailey helped us become experts in Virtuous Ethics

Lindy wonders what's in her Tootsie Pop?

These guys look like trouble

Breaks are a good time to socialize

The NC EAPA merchandise is flying off the table!

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