Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The University of Adelaide supports staff and their families by providing access to an EAP.
What is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
The EAP is a short-term, solutions focussed counselling, coaching and mentoring service provided by a team of Psychologists within CHG. The program is designed to help you explore and implement strategies to address issues which may be having an impact on you at work and/or at home, including:
- Interpersonal conflict (workplace/home)
- Grief / Trauma counselling
- Dealing with difficult personalities
- Fatigue and perceived inability to cope with work demands
- Dealing with change
- Building resilience and managing stress
- Anger management
- Alcohol and substance dependence
- Relationship and family problems
- Emotional and mental health issues e.g. anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
How might the EAP help me with workplace concerns?
The approach used in EAP counselling is solutions focussed. The psychologist will encourage you to talk about your concerns with a view to problem solving and developing strategies for successful outcomes. The role of the psychologist is to listen and help to identify and work through the specific issues, teach coping strategies and explore available solutions. The objective is to empower you to address your workplace concerns, sometimes with the assistance of the organisational channels available to you within the University, should you wish to use them.
Please be aware that the EAP is not:
- An advocacy service
- Your financial advisor
- A certifier of time off work/sick leave
- For long-term specialist support.
How might the EAP help me during organisational change?
In relation to organisational change, the EAP can help you explore personal strategies to build resilience and adaptability. They can assist you in exploring available pathways in relation to:
- Managing known and unknown change
- Coping with change, including the processes and timeframes
- Family communication and support
- Dealing with a range of emotions
- Making difficult decisions
- Building confidence and emotional preparation for interview (note the counsellor may assist with the pragmatics of job applications interviews and follow-up).
- Career counselling (including scoping of realistic options and advice on strategic resume preparation).
Who can use the EAP?
Any staff member of the University and their immediate family can access the service.
How much does the service cost and is there a limit?
The service is free of charge to University of Adelaide staff and their immediate family. You can access up to three sessions free of charge each year.
How can I access the EAP?
Services can be provided face-to-face or via telephone.During business hours, general appointments can be made through contacting CHG:
- Telephone: (08) 8352 9898
- Email: eap@CHG.net.au
After hours, for emergency psychological assistance, CHG can be contacted via the following number:
- 0418 883 855
Where is the EAP?
There are three locations where staff can book face-to-face appointments:CHG Consultancy Services
69 Henley Beach Road
Mile End SA 5031
CHG Clinic Gillman
136 Eastern Parade
Gillman SA 5013
CHG Clinic Elizabeth Vale
44 John Rice Avenue
Elizabeth Vale SA 5112
How do I get to my appointment?
Parking is available at each site.
For public transport options go to Adelaide Metro.
If you will still have difficulty travelling to the rooms a taxi option is available (transport only from campus to appointment and back to campus). Please advise CHG when making your appointment if you require this service.
How confidential is the EAP?
The University’s EAP service is confidential. Information regarding visits or any other details will not be relayed to other parties without your prior approval. Statistical data is prepared quarterly regarding usage, but this information does not include individual identifying information.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
It might be useful for you to spend some time before your appointment considering:
- Why you are seeking assistance
- What you hope to get out of your appointment.
This will help the psychologist determine the best way to assist you and to also provide appropriate educational and referral information if required. You may wish to bring a support person e.g. family, friend or work colleague.
What should I expect during an appointment?
- The psychologist to be prepared to discuss any concerns that you raise.
- The psychologist to write notes as a record that will be appropriately and confidentially stored.
- The psychologist to provide strategies to assist with your concerns.
What if I need longer-term or specialised support?
The EAP is designed to provide short-term, solutions focussed assistance. If it is identified that longer term counselling or specialist assistance is required (i.e. more than 3 visits p.a.), the psychologist will suggest the appropriate referral and to help put you in contact with the service identified as best for you.