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The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA Ireland) is the professional body that represents the interests of professionals concerned with employee assistance, psychological health and well being in Ireland. Amongst its members of purchasers, providers, counsellors, consultants, trainers and other related specialists there is an accumulated wealth of experience.

There are 5 types of annual EAPA Memberships available;

  1. Accredited and Professional Practitioner  €100
  2. Associate Member €75
  3. Student Member €50
  4. Organisational Member €500

1. Accredited and Certified Professional Practitioner:

This membership category refers to an individual including Consultants currently engaged in Employee Assistance Professional activities, including direct delivery or management e.g. EA services, EA consulting, teaching of EA programming or any of its specialised functions at an accredited college or university, and EA-related research (as defined by EAPA). EAPA Certified Professional Member, a member who meets the criteria for Accredited and Professional membership and who is currently a Certified Employee Assistance Professional CEAP. Please review the criteria specific to this category on the application form. In June 2014 we reduced this annual membership rate to just €75.

To download a membership form click here
         

Benefits of Membership include: 

  • Professional EAP recognition
  • Regular meetings and seminars
  • Networking opportunities with fellow EAP professionals
  • Professional development and qualifications
  • Links to EAPA International
  • Training courses & Events
  • Discounts at EAPA events
  • Ethical & Professional guidelines
  • Access to Members Only section of EAPA Ireland website

2: Associate Members:

Associate Members work in conjunction with EAP providers such as those providers listed on our EAP Providers page e.g. affiliate counsellors, psychotherapists and others who may provide some element of EAP core technology. Associate members work as EAP practitioners or consultants including other professionals who have an interest in employee assistance but who do not meet all the criteria for Accredited membership and Professional Practitioner membership. A Associate Members shall have full voting rights within the Branch and be eligible to seek election to all positions except that of President and Vice President. Membership gives you the opportunity to stay up to date with the latest developments in the EAP field.  Additionally, membership will enhance your professionalism and provides a wealth of resources.

To download a membership form click here

Benefits of Associate Membership include:

  • Professional EAP recognition
  • Regular meetings and seminars
  • Networking opportunities with fellow EAP professionals
  • Professional development and qualifications
  • Links to EAPA International
  • Training courses & Events
  • Discounts at EAPA events
  • Ethical & Professional guidelines
  • Access to Members Only section of EAPA Ireland website

 

4. Student Membership:

This category is open to persons who are undertaking a degree/diploma programme in Employee Assistance or related discipline with an accredited educational institution but who are not necessarily already working in the field. Student Members may not have voting rights or hold office.

5: Organisational Membership:

This category is open to organisations who provide or are interested in Employee Assistance which may include:

  • Customer organisations that contract the services of EAP providers Healthcare, unions, employer groups and other related organisations that work closely with EAP providers.
  • Government and non-government groups and other related organisations that work closely with EAP providers.
  • Organisations involved in the development of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice etc regarding people in the workplace.
  • Organisations specialising in areas such as alcohol or drug abuse, health advisory services, financial and legal advice and helpline services that are relevant in the workplace.
  • A nominee of the organisation may attend EAPA Ireland meetings and avail of EAPA training at members rate.
  • Nominees will not have voting rights and may not seek nomination to the executive of EAPA Ireland. They will receive associate membership of EAPA International.Click here to download an EAPA Organisational Membership Form


Benefits of Organisational membership include:

  • Free listing on EAPA website with link to their own website
  • One free mailing to EAPA members upon request
  • Membership listing in EAPA database
  • Discounted exhibit stand at EAPA AGM

To find out more about joining EAPA Ireland email info@eapaireland.ie or download the relevant membership application form.

Application forms may be returned to Johnny Moran along with your cheque payable to EAPA Ireland  to:

Johnny Moran

Treasurer

EAPA Ireland   

c/o Open Minds Centre

Ardeen Mews

10- 11 Marine Terrace

Dun Laoghaire

County Dublin

Tel  01 9025021 

Email Info @  eap  etc etc – Can you arrange with Sonjia / web people that we can pick up all mails coming in on our system

EAPA Ireland Membership FAQ's

Question: Should I join as an Individual Member, Certified Professional Member, Government Agency Member or Associate Member? What is the difference?

Answer: A Professional Member is an individual currently engaged in employee assistance professional activities, including direct delivery or management of EA services, EA consulting, teaching of EA programming or any of its specialised functions at an accredited college or university, and EA related research. Professional Members may vote and hold office in EAPA at the chapter, branch, and international levels.

An Associate Member is an individual who is associated with or interested in the field of employee assistance, for example; an affiliate provider, vendor, government official, human resources professional, or other individual not directly engaged in an EA role. Associate Members may vote and hold office (other than president) at the chapter level, but may not vote or hold office at the international level.

EAPA also has a Student Member category for individuals who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting programme at a nationally or regionally accredited educational institution. Students must submit evidence of their student status annually, and Student Members may not vote or hold office at the chapter, branch, or international level.

Certified Professional Member is a Professional Member who is currently a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

Government Agency Member is an optional category for a governmental unit. Under this membership, the governmental unit receives none of the services/benefits otherwise associated with organisational membership, and instead designates one employee of the unit to receive individual member benefits. The designated employee of a government agency member will have the voting and office holding privileges associated with either the individual professional or associate membership, depending upon whether he/she is currently personally engaged or not engaged in employee assistance professional activities.

Question: How do I become an EA professional?

Answer: Fundamentally, employee assistance is the application in the workplace of knowledge about behaviour and behavioural health to improve both personal and workplace productivity and healthy functioning. That means the employee assistance profession is an unique integration of organisation development, behavioural health, human resources, and business management. Most employee assistance professionals have knowledge and experience in a behaviour health field such as psychology, social work or counselling, and some may be drug and alcohol counsellors.

EA professionals also enter the profession with backgrounds in human resources and organisational development.  Because the employee assistance profession draws on the knowledge and skills of a variety of professional fields, a lot of  professional development happens through continuing education.