MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

MTNEAPA Meeting
4.28.16
Cornerstone,
2400 White Avenue, Nashville TN 37204
8:00-9:30 am
 Networking and Introductions

- John Allen will be leaving for one calendar year to pursue Mission.  New Board member/Treasure will need to be replace.

Mental Health Community News:P aige Turner new State Level Director
Mr. Dykes  New Union President
Next Door is starting a new treatment program for pregnant women w/ Addiction.
Sovereign expanding w/ 102 beds.  JACHO accredited.

 

Presenter: Robert Hinds from Bradford in Huntsville AL.
Intervention- More Than Just Sitting in a CircleTopic: 
Jellinek Chart: predictable pattern of behavior of decline and deterioration
Goals of intervention:  To raise the bar.
Prevailing wisdom:  You can’t help someone until they want help.
One create conditions so one want help.
Intervention starts the process.
Out of 38,000. Treated n about a 1000 initially wanted tx.

4 L’s: . Love, Liver, Law, Livelihood
Prevailing model in addiction:  Push for tx become a pull.
Intervention driven models: I/We think you need help and want you to get it.
We are willing to deploy this thing of value in the interet of helping you decide to get well.
If you are not willing I/We are willing to w/drawl.
Jamison Model:  Synonymous for intervention/word that comes to mine.

ased in family system:  Needs family strength to be successful
Unfortunately not everyone has that
Done poorly can violate Civil Rights.
 
EAP in workplace are on a decline often contracted out.
HR very constrained in what they can/can not do.

Workplace Intervention:  Supervisor’s role:
Documentation is critical
Performance is Supervisors issue
Supervisors referrals must be clearly linked to performance issues.
Union referrals can be more complicated.
No such constraints exist in the case of caring colleagues and non-Supervisory workers. 

Criminal Justice:
10x more individuals in court due to A&D 

 
 Speaker for next meeting:  Richard Witt has lined speaker up.
                   David Carrillo
Topic: Relevant Recovery: Creating a Young Adult   Environment for Change.

December 10th, 2015

Attendees: Becky Pendleton, Romney Synder-Croft, Karen Morgan, Jonathan McElhaney, John Allen, Kate McKinnie, Gary Reed, Amanda Ross, Lisa Eggebeen, Will Martin, Jim Kendall, Kori Yancey, John Edwards

Holiday  Networking Breakfast

1. Networking 8-9am

2. Introductions 9-9:30am- Board members

3. Resources shared and passed out to attendees 9:30-10am

4. Speaker suggestions for 2016: 

Dr. Roth for substance abuse screenings for addition

Skyline Clinical Pharm.  Re; Needs for treatment. 

Karen Morgan:  Offered to speak on DBT/Addiction

Mandatory referral

Speaker on becoming a CEAP certified

Retirement and planning for this phase.

Moral recognition program via Memphis.  Franklin Drug Court. (36 wk program).

5. Discussion EAPA National Meeting in Chicago at Sheraton in October. 

6. Trends that have changed in EAP

7. Next meeting: February 25th, 2016 

Minutes submitted by:  Romney L. Snyder-Croft, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

October 22, 2015

 Attendees: Becky Pendleton, Romney Snyder-Croft,  Jonathan McElhaney, John Allen, Gary Reed, Amanda Ross, Lisa Eggebeen, Jennifer Smith, Robby Keeble, Richard Whitt, Charlotte Cheney, Neeka Harris

 

 

1. Networking 8 am- 8:30 am

2. Introductions

3. Resources shared and passed out for attendees: Skyline, Riverbend Health, Cumberland Heights

 

4. Presenter: Robby Keeble, MS is a board certified Health Care Administrator, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. Mr. Keeble has worked in the field of addiction and mental health since 1988.  Most recently Mr. Keeble has served as CEO of ALR Soberlife LLC since 1998 and as an addiction recovery support specialist and consultant for Bradford Health Services since 2007.  Mr. Keeble has presented at workshops and seminars throughout the south including the Tennessee Association for Court Referral Officers, the Alabama EAP Association and the University of Alabama Collegiate Recovery Program.

 

Topic: "The Broken Brain" Mr. Keeble will explain the predisposition for addiction, how different drugs work on the brain of an addict, how and why the brain changes as the result of addictive use, and how recovery helps to re-regulate an addicts mind.

5. Key points: Development and chemical pathways lead to addiction and trauma to brain.  Neurobiology and introduction to chemical "rewires" brain functioning and leads to emotional dysregulation.  Prescription for recovery: Abstinence, 12 step meetings (especially in first 2 months), sober environment, participation in social hierarchy, affiliation with spirituality, high protein/complex carbohydrate diet. 

6. Conclusion of meeting and announcement of next meeting on December 10th, 2015; at location TBD

Minutes submitted by:  Romney L. Snyder-Croft, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

August 27, 2015

 

Attendees: John Allen, Charlotte Cheney, Lisa Eggebeen, Neeka Harris, Jonathan McElhaney, Robby Keeble, Becky Pendleton, Gary Reed, Amanda Ross, Jennifer Smith, Romney Snyder-Croft, Richard Whitt

 

 

1. Networking 8 am- 8:30 am

2. Introductions

3. Resources shared and passed out for attendees.

4. Presenter: Angela Camp holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of

 

Alabama- Birmingham. She has worked in the mental health and addictions field for twenty-five years, thirteen of which have been with

 

Bradford Health Services.  Currently Ms. Camp is the National

 

Coordinator of Adolescent Marketing and oversees a broad range of

 

community liaison and quality improvement efforts for Bradford Health

 

Services adolescent programs and associated family services both

 

regionally and on a national level.

 

Topic: "The United States of Numb: Current Trends in Adolescent Substance

 

Abuse".   This training will inform the audience of the most current adolescent drug trends, their drug use patterns with an emphasis on prescription drugs.  We will discuss the signs and symptoms of adolescent drug use, how adolescent drug use is differentiated from adult use and from psychiatric issues.  Ms. Camp will also discuss the importance of an adolescent substance abuse treatment model and the importance of family involvement.

5. Key points: statistics of current adolescent drug trends, drugs hijacking brain processes, early use verses later use difference in later dependence, pot and alcohol the most common chemicals used, increase use of IV drug use on an increase within teen group, 90% of addiction began before the age of 18 years old.  It is a Pediatric acquired disease, drug screens can only evaluate 12 out of 400+ possible chemicals, Fentanyl:  Laced Heroin 100x more potent that Morphine. 

6. Conclusion of meeting and announcement of next meeting on October 22, 2015; at Centerstone Nashville, TN 37204.

Minutes submitted by:  Romney L. Snyder-Croft, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

 

April 24, 2015

Attendees: Amber Mohr, Richard Whitt, Jonathan McElhaney, Lisa Eggebeen, John Edwards, John Allen, Amanda Ross, Romney Croft, Gary Reed, Natalie Embry

 

The meeting was called to order by Jonathan McElhaney, President, and introductions were given by attendees.

 

Speaker: Dr. Tom Starling is the CEO of Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. Dr. Starling holds degrees in psychology, theology, ethics and educational administration and is as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed mediator.  Past employment includes being a Hospital Chaplain, Director of the Alzheimer's Association and Director of the United Way for Rutherford and Cannon counties. 

Topic: Mental Health America: Updated participants on overview in Nashville's oldest mental health advocacy organization including historical and current perspectives, current resources, and local community programs.

Learning Objectives Included: Participants will be able to list local and statewide programs offered by Mental Health America.

Participants will learn about the past stigmas of mental health.

Participants will be able to discuss the collaborative nature of behavioral health treatment.

Minutes submitted by:  Romney L. Snyder-Croft, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

January 12, 2015

 

Middle TN EAPA Chapter Transitional meeting for Board New Board members

 

Attendees:  Jim Kendall, Jonathan McElhaney, John Allen, Richard Whitt, Gilbert Roth, Susan Gillpatrick , Romney Snyder-Croft

  

Middle TN EAPA Chapter By-Laws were passed out at the begging of the meeting to review protocol for changing of Board positions and review of duties. 

Review of new Board members:

 

President:  Jonathan McElhaney,

Vice President :  Richard Whitt

Treasure:  John Allen

Secretary: Romney Snyder-Croft

Communication:  Lisa Eggebeen

Member:  Jim Kendall

CEAP:  Jim Kendall

Immediate Past President:  Gilbert Roth

 

1.      Review of change of bank account:  Needed 2 signatures for changes on account.

2.      Reordering Checks will need to be done by the new Treasure.

3.      Discussion of picking up food for the Reg. EAP meetings.  Panera and was discussed.  Chick filet as an additional option.

4.      Every 2 month update for website: template already available. Lisa Eggleman to update.  Susan Gilpatrick will train her to use before she leaves.

5.      Knoxville/Chatt. EAP has closed. Middle TN is an option for chapter involvement.

6.      By laws reviewed for resignation process.

7.      John Allen motioned for resignation of Susan Gillpatrick treasure and Jim Kendell seconded.  Jim Kendell motioned for Jim Allen to be the treasure Gilbert Roth seconded.  All present approved (7).  No one opposed.

8.      Discussion of speakers for next meeting.  John Allen presented Lucy Henry as a possibility, National speaker EAP speaker, options on virtual speakers and debriefing.

9.      Discussion on how to increase attendance at meetings with speakers.

10.  Discussion of having 2 speakers in place then work on the following meeting.

11.  A mention of Tom Starling’s presentation on status of mental Health was discussed as a possible topic.

12.  A suggestion of Dr. Debra Learner from Tufts University on Topics in the work place would also be option to explore.

13.  Vanderbilt will be getting Virtual Health up and running soon this may also lend some further speaker accessibility to meeting presentation via this medium.

14.  Joan Allen discussed CDC certification /training w/ virtual health something to consider when using medium.

15.  Other speakers suggested for potential meetings were:  Laura Best, Suzy Willis,  Univer. Health System integrating practitioner to treatment in the Health Care setting.

16.  Notes for last 2 meetings need to be uploaded to website.

17.  Template will be forwarded to new secretary for minutes on the meetings.

18.  Update of officers needs to be done on the website as well.

19.  Receipt given to Susan Gilpatrick

for gift reimbursement.  Susan Gillpatrick will get receipts /materials together to transfer to the new Treasure John Allen.

20.  Next meeting 2.15.15 at 8am at the Baptist Healing Trust in Nashville.

21.  Meeting was adjourned.

  

Minutes submitted by:  Romney L. Snyder-Croft, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

MINUTES

 

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

  

 

December 11, 2014

 

 

 

Attendees:  Jim Kendall, Jonathan McElhaney, George Massengill, Richard Darden, Bob Stubblefield, John Allen, Gilbert Roth, Lynn Marzoni, Sharon Davis, Lisa Eggebeen, Susan Gillpatrick , Gary M. Reed, John Edwards, Romney Snyder-Croft, Richard Whitt, Amanda Ross

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, President, and introductions were given by attendees. Thank you to the chapter for the complementary holiday breakfast at the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood.  Discussed the chapter meeting location for 2015. John Allen offered to check the Baptist Healing Trust again for 2015. Other suggestions were Centerstone’s new facility, or Bradford Facility. 
Elections of Officers: Past President, John Edwards presented nominations of new officers which included Jonathan McElhaney, President, Richard Whitt, Vice-President, Romney Snyder-Croft, Secretary.  Vote held and motion to accept nominations passed 16-0.
The meeting topic was introduced and Gilbert Roth Ph D, current chapter president will facilitated the discussion of “Keeping abreast of Community Resources and utilizing the MTEAPA collective experience” He led an interactive discussion of recommended options. The presentation description and objective were as follows:

 

 

The importance of keeping up to date on effective community treatment and resources is paramount for the EAP practice. This session will allow the EAP to enhance resource knowledge and networking among members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Members will identify their top community resources and experts in the areas of addiction, community therapists, psychiatry, eldercare, legal, financial, and other psychosocial domains. This will include feedback from EA clients and which patients seem to do well in a particular setting.

  • Each member will identify professional and  community resources that have assisted them with personal and professional development.

  • The use of the collective expertise of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of EAPA will be encouraged and utilized. Meeting was adjourned.  

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle TN EAPA Meeting 10.23.2014

8 AM meeting at the Baptist Healing Trust Building in Berry Hill

Attending:  John Allen, Gilbert Roth, John Edwards, Jim Kendall, Greg Alberico, Amanda Ross, Richard Whitt, Michelle Burks, Gary Reed, Jonathan McElhaney

Announcements: 

  • John Allen appointed to serve a 3 year term on the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. 

  • Therapy Office Space for lease in Berry Hill beginning 11/1/2014.  Please contact John Allen at johntalleniii@gmail.com or 838.3197 for more information.

  • EAPA conference report. Vendor presentations had more international flavor as the need is great and so is the stigma in other countries. ROI data of note and WOS has new 5Q instrument.

  • October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying Prevention Resources distributed by Gil Roth. Workplace state shared that 1 in 4 employees leave job because of bullying. 

  • Dr. Ragan, Lunch n Learn at Skyline Madison, Nov. 7th 11:30a-1p.m.

Meeting :  The topic of “Building Resilience” was presented by Stephanie Dean, LPC, CEAP, SAP. The presentation covered the following.

 We all experience stressful or challenging situations at one time or another. By developing strong personal resilience skills, we can arm ourselves with the right strategies to respond to the pressures we face in our personal lives and in the workplace. When we are equipped with a positive attitude, an enhanced skillset and a healthy lifestyle, we can build up our resilience, allowing us to turn challenges into success, increase our personal happiness and overall productivity. Vanderbilt University launched a campaign educating faculty and staff on building resilience. This video, titled Building Resilience: Turning Change into Success, was produced by the Health and Wellness departments including Work/Life Connections-EAP. The goal is to present ways to become more resilient. This campaign is augmented with website articles, podcasts, workshop presentations, and social media posts. The presentation gave an overview of the campaign, its development, including the live demo of the video product they produced.

The four learning objectives were:

1.Provide an overview of the concepts of Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth.

2.Identify the 10 ways to build resilience suggest by the American Psychological Association (APA) in their Road to Resilience initiative.

3.Restate the 3 categories of traits and skills outlined in the Building Resilience: Turning Change into Success video campaign.

Next Meeting:  Holiday breakfast meeting Dec. 11th at 8am at the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood.

 Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Minutes 8/28/14

Middle TN EAPA Meeting, 8.28.2014 8 AM meeting at the Baptist Healing Trust Building in Berry Hill

 

Attending:  John Allen, Gilbert Roth, Laura McClendon, Susan Gillpatrick, John Blount, Greg Alberico, Stephanie Fultz, Romney Snyder Croft, Michael Belote, Michelle Burks

Announcements: 

  • Bradford Health Services is sponsoring a Charity Golf Tournament on September 17 in support of Anonymous Hands Recovery.  Click here for more information. 

  • John Allen appointed to serve a 3 year term on the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. 

  • Therapy Office Space for lease in Berry Hill beginning 11/1/2014.  Please contact John Allen at johntalleniii@gmail.com or 838.3197 for more information. 

 

Meeting:  Laura McClendon gave an incredible presentation around how to support someone faced with a serious medical condition. 

Next Meeting set for 8 AM, October 23, 2014 @ the Baptist Healing Trust

Submitted by John Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 26, 2014

Attendees: John Allen, Susan Gillpatrick, Jim Kendall, Jonathan McElhaney , Greg Aberricoe , Gilbert Roth, Gussie Fuller, Michael Belote, Will Young, Ramon Maisonet, Sharon Davis, Lynn Marzoni, Harriet Stewart, Richard Whitt, Romney Snyder-Croft

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, President, and introductions were made by attendees.

  1. The meeting topic and speaker was introduced.
  1. Dr. Paul Ragan spoke on the subject of "Trauma, PTSD, and Addictions.” The presentation focused on the following areas. Unresolved responses to traumatic events in life can lead to coping patterns that can be health or unhealthy.  In attempts to self-medicate, individuals who may have additional risk factors compound their lives with addictions.  With a comprehensive assessment looking at potential comorbidities, the EAP can help the client by directing them to the most appropriate treatment modalities and resources.

    The learning objectives for Dr. Ragan’s presentation were as follows:
    1.      Explore the relationship between trauma, PTSD and the development of addictions
    2.      Learn the latest research and  treatment strategies for helping patients
    3.      Identify treatment resources in the area

    With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Dr. Ragan effectively presented the academic side of Trauma, PTSD, and Addictions while weaving in his vast experience in the field. He gave best practices and the latest treatment approaches and resources proven most effective. Finally treatment resources and area programs were discussed.
  1. Following the presentation the meeting was adjourned

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

April 24, 2014

Attendees: Jonathan McElhaney , Greg Aberricoe , John Allen, Susan Gillpatrick, Jim Kendall, Margie Gale, Gilbert Roth, Gussie Fuller

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, President, and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

  1. The meeting topic and speaker was introduced.
  1. Margie Gale spoke on "Preventing Workplace Violence: Implementing a Program (Green Dots)" covering the following focus and objectives.

    Workplace Violence in nursing and in particular lateral violence (bullying or incivility) has been well documented.  Margie Gale, R.N., MSN, Work-Life Connections nurse wellness specialist, discusses the Green Dots program and how bystanders can help prevent domestic violence in its earliest stages.


     The focus of many interventions has been on how the victim can neutralize the impact of the violence. These interventions have fallen short of developing a positive work environment. Green Dots offers a teachable skills set for the previously inactive bystanders of violent behavior. Based on thirty years of evidence based research, psychologist Dr. Dorothy Edwards developed the Green Dots model to address potentially violent behavior using an effective bystander intervention. "Green Dots doesn't tell you exactly what to do. It just asks you to do something. It is the complete silence and inaction that allows the perpetration of violence- Red Dots- to continue. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. Find a way to intervene in any situation that feels potentially high risk for violence" (Edwards). It is the recognition that you are already involved, whether you act or interrupt or remain silent about the violence.

    Learning Objectives:
    1)      Outline the scope the problem of bullying and lateral violence in the workplace.
    2)      Describe the Green Dots Program at Vanderbilt and its implementation
    3)      Identify the three major categories of Reactive Green Dots

    Margie gave a comprehensive presentation which including her personal experience integrating the Green Dots program at Vanderbilt. Her knowledge and expertise made the session very informative and impressive. Also the supporting materials and handouts were excellent.

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

2/27/2014

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENT:           

 

Susan Gillpatrick, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies, Greg Alberico, TriStar- Tri Star Behavioral Health:Skyline Madison and Parthenon Pavilion, Richard Witt, Bradford Treatment Center, Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt, Gussie Fuller, New Life Lodge, John Blount, American Addiction Centers, Ronnie   Private Practice REGRETS: John Allen, Gilbert Roth 

 

The meeting was called to order by Jim Kendall, Vice-Chair. Members shared their updates. Topic Presentations:  “The psychological treatment of chronic pain.”

Learning Objectives:

1. Explore the scope of the problem of chronic pain for clients

2. Learn how to work with clients getting them to focus on the “acceptance” part rather than the medication

3. Identify treatment resources in the area

The Presenter: Dr. Edward Qualls, Psy.D. is currently the primary Clinical Psychologist at Nashville Neuropsychology, PLLC. He specializes in Psychological Testing and Neuropsychological Testing. Dr. Qualls has been in practice in Nashville, TN for over 15 years. He is the Senior Psychologist on staff at Centennial Medical Center, Parthenon Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Qualls is published in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, an International scientific journal of neuropsychology. He is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School and taught medical students in various subjects in the field of mental health.

If you spend time, energy and money fighting pain , you value pain

If you spend time, energy and money living with pain, you value living.

Client centered approach to engage pts to be part of the treatment process instead of an adversarial relationship  based on use of pain meds

Usually the medical providers is frustrated and refers to psych

Learn to treat it as a chronic issue of managing pain rather than as an acute problem expecting the pain to go away

Perception of MD empathy – Pain intensity rating  Journal of Pt Ed and Counseling Feb 2013 90 (2) ; 220-5

Efficacy for CBT is evidenced

Use of ACT Acceptance & Commitment Therapy with an emphasis on contextual change rather than change in thinking

Gain acceptance of chronic pain and focus on improvement in functioning- I accept I have chronic pain- I work to have better emotional and social functioning

Commitment to finding the best ways to live with chronic pain rather than focusing on elimination of pain.

The  NEXT MEETING:  April 24, 2014: Margie Gale, MSN, RN Workplace Violence Prevention Programs  Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Jim Kendall, LCSW

 

 

MINUTES

December 12 , 2013

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Attendees: Jonathan McElhaney (Centerstone), Lynn Marzoni (Warrior Transition Project), Romney Croft (Private Practice), Greg Aberricoe (HCA Parthenon/Skyline) John Allen, (State of Tennessee Director of Behavioral Health Services), Susan Gillpatrick (Centerstone), Jim Kendall (Vanderbilt), Margie Gayle (Vanderbilt), Evan Sexton (TN AFLCIO),  Jack Freckman (Freckman and Assoc.), Gilbert Roth (The Roth Center), Harriett Stewart (Private Practice)

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, President, and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

  2. Thank you to the chapter for the complementary holiday breakfast at the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood.  

  3. There was a discussion of potential speakers for next year.

The meeting topic was introduced and Jack Freckman, LCSW spoke on the topic, “ Terminating Relationships: Clients, Organizations and Retirement. “ with the following objectives.

1)  Identify the issues that need to be considered when a professional decides to end a practice (move, retire, or close a business)

2)  Outline steps that can help clients, colleagues and referral sources deal with the void that comes from the closure of a practice or transition of a provider.

3) Discuss the lessons learned from  closing a practice

 

 

 

 

The discussion followed the personal journey of Jack and his EAP experience, business practice, and current transition into a partnership alternative to retirement.

 

 

 

Meeting was adjourned.

 

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES October 24, 2014

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEEASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Attendees: Jim Kendall, (Vanderbilt),
Jonathan McElhaney (Centerstone), Evan Sexton (TN AFLCIO), Susan Gillpatrick (Centerstone), Romney Snyder-Croft (Private Practice), Felicha Potts (Private Practice), Richard Whitt (Bradford Health Services), Gilbert Roth (The Roth Center)

 

Thanks to the Baptist Healing Trust and the chapter for providing Panera Bread refreshments and drinks. The meeting was called to order by Jim Kendall,
Vice President, and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

The meeting topic was introduced and
Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, Manager for Vanderbilt Work/Life
Connections-EAP and Vice-Chair of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of EAPA, presented the topic, Assessing Current issues in the EAP field: Legalities, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing.
 It was a high quality presentation of the
issues as well as options for practice, with case examples and discussions.

 

Next Meeting: Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8 AM-10, at the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood. A hot breakfast will be served.

 

Topic:
Terminating Relationships: Clients, Organizations and Retirement

 

Facilitator: Jack Freckman, LCSW

 

Discussing the termination phase in a
relationship is often avoided. In organizations, people are terminated or
leave; many leave without a word. Successful termination often involves the
ability to say good bye.  Ending
therapeutic relationships is painful to all parties.

1)  Identify the issues that need to be considered when a professional decides to end a practice (move, retire, or close a business)

2)  Outline steps that can help clients, colleagues and referral sources deal with the void that comes from the closure of a practice or transition of a provider.

3) Discuss the lessons learned from  closing a practice

Presenter: Jack Freckman, LCSW, CEAP is President of 
Freckman and Associates in Nashville and a well-respected pioneer in the
EAP field in Nashville. He has been active on the local, state, and national
levels in EAP work.   Since 1990, Jack
has also helped many EA professionals get their start and served as their
mentor.

Meeting was adjourned. 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA-
Secretary
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MINUTES

 

August 22 , 2013

MIDDLE TENNESSEE
CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Attendees: Jonathan McElhaney
(Centerstone), Lynn Marzoni (Warrior Transition Project), Sharon Davis (Private
Practice), John Allen, (State of Tennessee Director of Behavioral Health
Services), Jim Kendall, (Vanderbilt), Evan Sexton (TN AFLCIO), Richard Darden (CRC
Health/New Life Lodge), Marshall Millikin (CRC Health), Felicha Potts (Private
Practice), Richard Whitt (Bradford Health Services)

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Jim Kendall, Vice President, and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

2.     Appreciation to the Baptist Healing Trust for making the first class space available for this meeting.

3.     Thank you to the chapter for the Panera Bread refreshments that were provided.

4.     There was a discussion of potential speakers for next year. 

  1.     The meeting topic was introduced and John Allen, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR -   Membership Chair and CEAP Coordinator; Director of Behavioral Health
    Services, ParTNers for Health, presented part II of the topic, “EAP Expanding your EAP: Distance counseling, coaching and learning.” 
     
  2. Next Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 8 AM-10, Baptist Healing Trust

Topic: Assessing Current issues in the EAP field: Legalities,
Ethics and Doing the Right Thing

Facilitator: Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP

Learning Objectives:

Evaluate options for practice based upon legal, ethical and clinical
perspectives. Reviewing the ethics
 
framework provided by the Houston Chapter, there will be a facilitated
discussion utilizing case examples to illustrate the issues and offer
suggestions for resolution.

1)                      Conflict of Interest: Accepting CEUs, meals, mugs etc- Ethics, Appearance , and Implications

2)                      Kroll vs White Lake Ambulance on mandatory referrals for EAP services

3)                     A.D.P.-v.-ExxonMobil-Requiring UDS or addiction agreements

4)                      Social Media Marketing, Disclosure and Boundaries

Method: Review of articles and a facilitated
discussion

Facilitator: Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP is the Manager
for Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections-EAP and Vice-Chair of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of EAPA. He served as the Executive Director of the PSI Solutions Center and was the Director of Access at HCA Parthenon Pavilion. He was Director of the Williamson Medical Center inpatient PsychCenter and was an outpatient therapist at Dede Wallace Mental Health Center. Jim has been recognized by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation for his work in Critical Incident Stress Management. He is certified by the International Academy of
Behavioral Medicine Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP) as a Diplomate in Professional Coaching
.

7.     Meeting was adjourned.  Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney,
MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

June 27, 2013

MIDDLE TENNESSEE
CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

PRESENT: John Edwards, Gilbert Roth, Susan Gillpatrick, Hugh
Nash, John Allen, Chappy Sledge, MD, Kristen Wolfe, Richard Whitt, Patricia
Scott, Felecia Potts, Evan Sexton, Richard Darden. Robert Albury,  and Jim Kendall.

     
The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair.

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Thanks to the Baptist Healing Trust for their generosity in letting us use this fabulous meeting space.

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John Allen reported on attending the EASNA meeting in Chicago.  This conference is a research focused EAP conference with heavy participation from Canadian EAPs.

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PROGRAM:  Updates in Substance Abuse Treatment;

Chappy Sledge, MD, Medical Director, Cumberland Heights. Summary:

Two crises: Untreated pain and drug abuse. As JCAHO required focus on pain relief, there has been a parallel increase in addiction to pain medications.  Tennessee leads the nation in prescription per capital roughly eighteen prescriptions per adult.  DMS-V no longer uses abuse and dependence , the
criteria is addiction . Addiction – primary chronic disease e of brain
reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Craving or strong desire added

 
NEXT MEETING Date: August 29, 2013

Time: 8:00-9:30 AM. Location: 2928 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.

      
Location: Baptist Healing Trust is centrally located, near 100 Oaks area. 2928 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.

     

Meeting Topic: Expanding your EAP: Distance
counseling, Coaching and Learning, Part II. Facilitator: John Allen, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR

·        You will receive a Certificate for 1 PDH!



April 25, 2013

 

 

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

Attendees: Gilbert Roth (the Roth Center), Susan Gillpatrick Maxwell, (Centerstone), Jonathan McElhaney (Centerstone), Evan Sexton (TN AFL-CIO Employee Assistance Program), Felicia Potts (Private Practice), Richard Whitt (Bradford Health Services), Janet McCutchen (Vanderbilt Work-Life EAP)

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

 

2.     Appreciation to Richard Whitt and Bradford Health Services for hosting our meeting at the Donelson Pike location in Nashville and for providing great breakfast food.

 

3.     Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was presented by Janet McCutchen, LPC-MHSP, CEAP.
Brief Summary: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is based upon two essential concepts: Mindfulness and Behavioral Activation. The goal of ACT is the development of psychological flexibility: the ability to experience a wide range of emotions or thoughts in reaction to life events without attaching any particular value to them (Acceptance) while at the same time, engaging in values-based behaviors to help reduce distress (Commitment to action)

This session included:

1) Define ACT and its core principles

2) Compare/contrast this modality with several other popular therapeutic approaches

3) Determine how ACT is applicable in the EAP setting

Janet McCutchen LPC, CEAP is an EAP Counselor working for Vanderbilt University Work/Life Connections-EAP. She has worked in Employee Assistance, clinical outpatient, and psychiatric settings throughout the Mid-South; including Charter Lakeside and Baptist Memorial Healthcare’s Concern EAP. Janet was also a Senior EAP Counselor and Organizational Development Specialist for Cracker Barrel and has her own private practice and consulting business. Her areas of interest and expertise include: grief and loss, life transitions, and performance coaching.

 

4.     Next Meeting: Thursday, June 27, 8 AM-10 AM

Next Meeting Topic: Issues in Addiction Treatment

Facilitator: Chapman Sledge, MD, Medical Director Cumberland Heights

 

5.     Meeting was adjourned.

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 

MINUTES

  

February 28 , 2013

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

Attendees: Gilbert Roth (the Roth Center), Susan Gillpatrick Maxwell, (Centerstone), Jonathan McElhaney (Centerstone) , Harriett Stewart (private practice), Hugh Nash (Cumberland Heights), Lynn Marzoni (Warrior Transition Project), Nan Casey, John Allen, (State of Tennessee Director of Behavioral Health Services), Jim Kendall, (Vanderbilt), Ronda Ashley-Dixon (Vanderbilt), Stephanie Upchurch (HCA Behavioral Services), Jamie Vance (Cumberland Heights), Felicha Potts (Private Practice), Trey Barclay (American Addiction Centers in Brentwood)

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

 

2.     Appreciation to Jim Kendall and Vanderbilt for hosting our meeting at the WorkLife EAP Office on campus.

 

3.     Minutes referenced and treasurer report given.

 

  1. Topic:  "The EAP response to Workplace Crisis"  was facilitated around the following outline and objectives.

Crisis occurs in the workplace and the EAP is expected to respond. There are a number of models that provide guidance for possible interventions (CISM, Resilience, Psychological First Aid, etc).    What does the literature say?  Is it evidence based, evidence informed, or anecdotal?  Who is making the claim or doing the research?

This facilitated discussion is designed to review and discuss what is said in the literature (Gist, Slawinski, Mitchell, Everly, VandePol, Lancet, PFA, etc) and discuss how our members deal with the “controversy”. As an EAP, how do you respond to the request for help? What do you do?

Learning Objectives:

1.            Review and discuss the literature on the provision of CISM, PFA, Resilience, and other models of responses to crisis.

2.            Determine how evidence, research or clinical experience has informed how you respond. How do we measure outcomes?

3.            Identify the objective of the EAP response

4.            Discuss your clinical experience and how it matches or varies from the conclusions in the literature

Facilitator: Becky Stoll , LCSW, Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management at Centerstone Mental Health systems. NOTE: Ms Stoll was unable to present due to illness. Her colleague, Susan Gillpatrick, CEAP, graciously agreed to present since she had been involved in the preparation.

  1. Next Meeting: Thursday, April 25, 8 AM-10

Next Meeting Topic: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Facilitator: Janet McCutchen, LPC-MHSP, CEAP

6.     Meeting was adjourned.

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 


MINUTES

  

December 13, 2012

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: EAPs: Gilbert Roth (the Roth Center), Susan Gillpatrick Maxwell, (Centerstone), Becky Stoll (Centerstone) , Jonathan McElhaney (Centerstone) , Harriett Stewart (private practice), Hugh Nash (Cumberland Heights), Lynn Marzoni (Warrior Transition Project), Nan Casey, (Drug Court IOP), John Allen, (State of Tennessee Director of Behavioral Health Services), and Jim Kendall, (Vanderbilt)  

GUESTS: Ed Craven LPC (just moved to Middle TN) ; Trey Barclay (American Addiction Centers in Brentwood), Michele Wisniewski (Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Franklin), Richard Whitt (Bradford Health Services), Richard Darden, (New Life Lodge Treatment Center in Burns TN), Mrs. Roth (guest of Gilbert Roth)

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

 

2.     Appreciation to Jim Kendall and Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks over the past year.

 

3.     Thanks to Susan Gillpatrick for coordinating the Holiday location for this meeting at the Puffy Muffin in Brentwood.

 

4.     Minutes and General Treasurer Report were discussed.

 

5.     The Middle Tennessee Chapter Bi-laws were ratified and adopted by unanimous vote.

 

6.     The slate of nominated officers was presented as follows:

 

a.       President – Gilbert Roth

b.      Vice President – James Kendall

c.       Secretary – Jonathan McElhaney (Continues to serve ongoing term)

d.      Treasurer – Susan Gillpatrick Maxwell

e.      Membership – John Allen

f.        Communication/Webmaster – Susan Gillpatrick Maxwell (continues in position)

g.       CEAP Coordinator – John Allen

h.      Immediate past President – John Edwards

 

An election was conducted and the entire slate was unanimously adopted by a vote of 10-0.

 

7.     A discussion of possible meeting dates, times, and speakers, for the upcoming year was held.

8.     New CPT codes were reviewed.

9.     Meeting was adjourned.

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary

 

 
 
 

August 16, 2012

 MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: Gilbert Roth, John Allen, Jonathan McElhaney, Harriett Stewart, Chad Buck, Stephanie Dean, Ramon Maisonet, Deena Whitt, Jeremy Cole

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

 

2.     Appreciation to Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks, Room 26102, on the second floor in Administration area. 

 

3.     Thanks again to the association for providing Panera Bread refreshments for this meeting. 

 

4.     Topic Today: THE EFFECTS OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Speaker: SGT Jeremy N. Cole, NCOIC Ft. Campbell TBI clinic-Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center

SGT Cole presented on the effects of TBI on service members, and the related effects of Alcohol and other drugs. He addressed what services are currently offered and what lessons have been learned over the course of the past few years. Thank you, SGT Cole for an excellent presentation that was well facilitated and included group discussion and input.

 

6.     Next meeting will be October 18th, 2012.  Meeting Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, 2nd floor room 26102, 8:30a.m.

Topic: Sexual Harassment in the Work Place 
Presenter: Lance Wray, Attorney of Law

 

 


MINUTES

  

June 19, 2012

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: Jim Kendall, Gilbert Roth, Susan Gillpatrick, John Allen, Jonathan McElhaney, Harriett Stewart, Melissa Tull, Michele Wisniewski

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees. We were introduced to Melissa Tull and Michelle Wisniewski from Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, TN. They shared information about their “Restore Hope Intensive Outpatient Program” and offered it as resource to attendees. Contact: Melissa Tull at 615-628-5728 for more info.

2.     Thanks as always to Jim Kendall and Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks, Room 26102, on the second floor in Administration area. We continue to receive positive feedback about the location and the excellent meeting space. 

3.     Thanks to the association for providing Panera Bread refreshments for this meeting. 

4.     Topic Today: Distance Counseling {See PPT. Here}
Speaker: John Allen, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR, Director of Behavioral Health Services, ParTNers EAP

John led a extensive and detailed presentation of how technology is currently impacting the EA field and what might be just around the corner. Discussion and interaction was facilitated around the aspects of the ethical and legal issues involved, the strength of the distance relationship, the required technology and necessary skills, and the research reported effectiveness of Distance Counseling. An example and case study highlighted how Distance counseling can work well and not so well based on the knowledge and skills of the providers. Finally, the picture of what Distance Counseling looks like today and what it might look like in the future was covered. Copies of the presentation, and handouts were provided.

5.    Thank you to John Allen for making a copy of the presentation available to everyone.

6.     Next meeting will be August 16, 2012. Meeting Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, 2nd floor room 26102, 8:30a.m.

Topic: THE EFFECTS OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Presenter: SGT Jeremy N. Cole
Position/Title: NCOIC Ft. Campbell TBI clinic. 

 

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA- Secretary/Treasurer

  

April 19, 2012

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: Lynn Marzoni, Jim Kendall, Gilbert Roth, Susan Gillpatrick, Richard Darden, Jonathan McElhaney, Ramon Maisonet, Richard Whitt, Felicia Potts

 

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees. 

2.     Thanks to Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks, Room 26102, on the second floor in Administration area.   

3.     Thanks to the association for providing refreshments for this meeting. 

4.     Topic Today: PTSD- An Overview of Assessment and Treatment. Speaker: Lynn C. Marzoni, LICSW, ADC, CEAP. Lynn gave a very informative overview of PTSD with a nice handout. Highlights included defining and explaining the PTSD diagnosis. An overview of the 3 most effective practices, evidenced based interventions, or research supported treatments for combat and non-combat survivors of trauma. The presentation concluded with a discussion of the negative impact on the quality of life and symptom specific management techniques.

5.     Recommended web resources- http://www.healthquality.va.gov/ - clinical guidelines for clinicians, and http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/ - tips for employers.

6.     Next meeting will be June 21, 2012. Meeting Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, 2nd floor room 26102, 8:30a.m.  

Speaker: John Allen, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR  

Topic: Telephonic Counseling. 

 

 Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney

 
February 16, 2012

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: Gilbert Roth, Richard Whitt, John Allen, Susan Gillpatrick, Lynn Marzoni, Margie Gale, Natalie Embry, Brian Poynter (Guest speaker) 

 

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees. 
  2. Thanks to Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks, Room 26102, on the second floor in Administration area.   
  3. Thanks to Susan Gillpatrick for providing refreshments for this meeting. 
  4. Topic Today: Bryan Poynter, LPC spoke on "Depression: when it's severe enough to warrant hospitalization".  The presentation gave a summary of the extensive services available for patients and their families at Parthenon Pavilion at Centennial.  See http://parthenonpavilion.com for more information. 
  5. Next meeting will be Thursday, April 19, 2012. Meeting Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, 2nd floor room 26102, 8:30a.m.  Speaker: Lynn C. Marzoni, LICSW, ADC, CEAP. Topic: PTSD- An Overview of Assessment and Treatment 

Minutes submitted by: Susan Gillpatrick


MINUTES

 

December 15, 2011

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: John Allen, Richard Darden, Matthew Dugger, Susan Gillpatrick, Jim Kendall, Lynn Marzoni, Jonathan McElhaney, Gilbert Roth, Deena Whitt, Richard Whitt

 

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Vice President and introductions were made. 
  2. Susan Gillpatrick, LPC, CTS, CEAP, presented “Critical Incidents in the Workplace.” The session was interactive and very informative. Highlights included defining Critical Incidents, the discussion of the traumatic and stressful nature of these events, and identifying Workplace Critical Incidents and current events. An informative and fun game of Power Point Jeopardy was used to give an overview of Workplace Crisis. The categories included Critical Incidents, Workplace Violence, Industry & Security Issues, and Human Resource Issues & Challenges. The presentation concluded with a discussion of Critical Incident Stress Management.

 

  1. Thank you to Susan Gillpatrick for not only presenting, but also providing some tasty homemade breakfast items. 
  2. Next meeting will be Thursday, February 16th, 2012.

Minutes submitted by:

Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA Secretary/Treasurer

 
October 20, 2011

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: John Allen, Jack Freckman, Jim Kendall, Jonathan McElhaney, Gilbert Roth, Richard Whitt

 

  1. The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Vice President and introductions were made.

 

  1. Jack Freckman, LCSW, CEAP spoke on “Starting an EAP, both internal & external. The session was interactive and very informative. Highlights included: The importance of deciding and defining who you are, who you will service and what services you will provide. The need for a solid business plan, a good legal representation, records management, insurance policies, and financial budgets. The setup differences between internal and external EAP’s were presented with the critical question for each. There are many entities that can affect EAP’s and they vary in internal vs. external EAP programs. The logistical aspects of location, office space, marketing strategies and promotion plans were presented. Servicing customers and those buying services and utilization rates are keys to continued contracts. Finally, affiliate, staff, and contract employee models were discussed. 

 

  1. Thank you to Richard Whitt and Bradford Health Services for providing a variety of delicious breakfast items from Panera Bread.

 

  1. Next meeting will be Thursday, December 15th, 2011.

Minutes submitted by:

Jonathan McElhaney, MTEAPA Secretary/Treasurer

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MINUTES

 

August 18, 2011

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: John Edwards, Jim Kendall, Gilbert Roth, Robert Albury, Richard Whitt, John Allen, Jonathan McElhaney, Susan Gillpatrick, Lynn Marzoni, Rhonda Ashley-Dickson, John Edwards, Mary Ann Warrington, Natalie Embry  

 

  1. The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair and introductions/updates were given by attendees.

 

  1. Thanks to Vanderbilt for hosting our bimonthly MTEAPA meetings at 100 Oaks, first floor conference room. The room is brand new and first class, not to mention the convenient location. Continued thanks to Jim Kendall for coordinating this meeting space.

 

  1. Thanks to Susan Gillpatrick for providing refreshments for this meeting.

 

  1. Topic Today: “Chronic Pain,” An excellent handout and presentation was given by Richard Whitt, BA, LADAC, NCAC II, ACRPS. A few highlights of the presentation included:

 

·         The importance of making a distinction between Acute vs. Chronic pain and the fact that it is often misunderstood.

·         The importance of making lifestyle changes continues to be a challenge in treatment and recovery.

·         Narcotics are not the long-term answer. Many want an easy way like taking a pill and not making any lifestyle changes.

·         Lifestyle changes and other treatments are more effective in long-term.

·         The benefit of attitude changes is amazing.

·         The Pain Management controversy.

·         The term Pseudo Addiction was described as patient behaviors that occur when pain is undertreated. It can be distinguished from true addiction in that the behaviors resolve when pain is effectively treated. It is important to develop an appropriate treatment plan for those with Pseudo addictions.

·         Sometimes patients are misunderstood by doctors as med seeking, whining, etc., but many are just looking for hope.

·         Family education and treatment is just as important, especially in light of statistics at 75% for divorce in populations with chronic illnesses.

·         Pain management and treatment options were discussed.

 

  1. Next meeting will be Thursday, October 20, 2011. Meeting Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, first floor conference room, 8:30a.m. Jack Freckman, LCSW, CEAP will speak on “Starting an EAP, both internal & external”

    Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, LPC, CEAP - Secretary/Treasurer, MTEAPA


MINUTES

April 21, 2011

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

 

PRESENT:           

1.      Gilbert Roth, The Roth Center

2.      Susan Gillpatrick, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

3.      Jonathan McElhaney, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

4.      Natalie Embry, Tri Star Behavioral Health

5.      Heather Beardsley, Bradford Treatment Centers

6.      Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt

7.       Hugh Nash,  Cumberland Heights

8.      Paul Miller, Green Hills Center

9.      Deena Whitt, TN AFLCIO

10.  Richard Whitt, Bradford Health Services

11.  John Allen, State of Tennessee – EAP

12.  Lynn Marzoni, Ft. Campbell

 

1.      The meeting was called to order by Gilbert Roth, Vice- Chair.  John Edwards was unable to attend due to a prior speaking engagement.  

2.      Thanks to Vanderbilt and Host, Jim Kendall, for allowing us to meet in their exceptional conference/training room at 100 Oaks!

3.      Topic Today: - Dealing with Aging Parents
Presented by Dr. Srinivas Nimmagadda, M.D, medical director of the Green Hills Health Center. Dr Nimmagadda, who is also an Adult Medicine and Geriatrics practitioner in Cool Springs, presented on the unique challenge of providing care to the elderly. Highlights included the challenges of chronic illnesses in the elderly. One specific impact of the disease of Alzheimer’s and the 60-70% that include dementia, is that it leads to significant changes in behaviors. New models of care emphasize prevention and working to preempt the problem of chronic illnesses. Evaluation and recognition of cognitive impairment as early as possible is of utmost importance. The importance of the recognition of cognitive impairment was contrasted with the statistic that only about 15% of primary care professionals ask a cognitive impairment question. Continuity of care becomes even more important with the elderly and sometimes happens less due to the multiple treatment providers involved. Dr. Nimmagadda, cited a Dartmouth-Atlas study of health care that showed outcomes to be poorer in urban areas in contrast to rural areas with less medical care available. This was, in part due to the fragmentation of meds that results in urban areas from patients having access to, and seeing multiple doctors and specialists. A Bio-Social-Psych-Spiritual Model that takes a multi-faceted approach is typical and working to keep the elderly active, involved, and supported in each of these area’s is helpful. Specific cases were discussed and commented on by the participants and Dr. Nimmagadda. 

4.      Next Meeting:

·        June 16th, Topic:   “Critical Incident Stress Management in the Workplace,” Presented by: Susan Gillpatrick, M.Ed., LPC, CTS, CEAP

·         Location: Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks, first floor conference room.

 

5.      Information can always be found at our association website: http://mteapa.org/2.html

 

 

Submitted by:

Jonathan McElhaney, LPC, CEAP

MTEAPA Secretary/Treasurer

 

 


 

MINUTES 

February 17, 2011

 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE

 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT: Robert Albury, Richard Whitt, Deena Whitt, Jonathan McElhaney, Hugh Nash, Susan Gillpatrick, Gilbert Roth, Becky Stoll, Nan Casey

GUESTS: Stacey Lanier, Paul Miller

 

1.     The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair and introductions were made.

2.     Information updates were given on the State and District EAPA activity. There are two other viable chapters in the state. Exploration of a possible state conference in collaboration with other Tennessee chapters was discussed. Re-energizing MTEAPA is a point of focus. A chapter survey is being created to help with this.

3.     Many thanks to Susan Gillpatrick and those who coordinated the meeting space, food, and advertising for the MTEAPA meeting today at Puffy Muffin, Brentwood, TN.

4.     Future MTEAPA meetings will be hosted by Vanderbilt, and will be held at 100 Oaks Mall, 1st Floor Conference room. The meetings take place on the third Thursday of every other month from 8:30a.m. to 10a.m. Thanks to Jim Kendall for helping to secure a new location and convenient meeting space.

5.     Chapter Nominations and Election:

The following slate of 2011-2012 Chapter Officers were nominated and unanimously elected by membership.

          President: John O. Edwards

          Vice President: Gilbert Roth

          Secretary/ Treasurer: Jonathan McElhaney

          Communications/Membership: Susan Gillpatrick

         

6.     Topic Today: “ETHICS” The presentation consisted of a facilitated discussion led by Jim Kendall and Gilbert Roth utilizing the EAPA Ethics Presentation, updated April, 2009. An excellent handout of the presentation along with a copy of the latest EAPA Code of Ethics, revised August 2009 was provided. Highlights of the presentation included: Professional codes are guides, not step by step instructions for behavior and decision-making. They provide a foundation to meet the need for an “Ethical Decision-Making Model.” This becomes a protective factor for providers dealing with ethical issues. Not only is it important to have a solid ethical decision-making model as a guide, but it is just as important to document the process used to make any ethical decision. Other protective factors include statements of understanding, consents to treatment, and consultation with another professional. Finally, examples of ethical dilemmas were discussed.

7.     Next meeting will be Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 100 Oaks starting at 8:30 a.m.

 

Minutes submitted by: Jonathan McElhaney, LPC, CEAP



December 9, 2010

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Present:

 

PRESENT:          

1.       John Edwards, The Recovery Coach, MTEAPA President

2.      Gilbert Roth, The Roth Center, MTEAPA Vie President

3.      Jonathan McElhaney, Centerstone, MTEAPA Treasurer

4.      Susan Gillpatrick, Centerstone, MTEAPA WebMistress

5.      Hugh Nash, Cumberland Heights, MTEAPA Membership Chair

6.      Robert Albury, Cumberland Heights

7.      John Blount, Marketing Representative at Foundations Recovery Network

8.      Lynn Marzoni, Ft Campbell

9.      Tom Sigler

10.  John Allen, State of Tennessee

11.  Mary Ann Warrington, CPE

12.  Heather Beardsley, Bradford Heath Systems

13.  Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt

14.  Pam Kaughman, MFT, Freckman and Associates

 

REGRETS:

1.      Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt, MTEAPA Secretary

2.      Stephanie Dean, LPC, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt, Past President, MTEAPA

 

1.       The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair.

2.       Thanks to Cumberland Heights for hosting this Holiday meeting.  The food  and accommodations were great.

3.       Discussed need to find a new location for the meetings due to changes at Centerstone.  Ideally we want one location and not to move around, but it needs to be central and with parking. 

4.       Due to lack of quorum, the 2011-12 Officer election was postponed until the February meeting.

5.       Susan suggested attempts to get involvement and feedback from members. A survey was considered to contact to those listed as a Provider but don't attend meetings.  Susan Gillpatrick was willing to be nominated for Membership, since she maintains the web list of members in her role as Web Mistress.  If the secretary completes the minutes and forwards to the Web Mistress, she could keep an updated master list and send out all announcements.  That would make it a step easier for whoever takes notes/minutes.  Whoever does this should use a template.  An agenda for each meeting would also be useful.

6.       There was discussion on making/keeping  the Chapter vibrant and relevant so that members will remain active.  All ideas on this are welcomed. 

 

NEXT SESSION:

February – Ethics

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Jim Kendall, LCSW


MINUTES

October 21, 2010

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT:          

1.       John Edwards, The Recovery Coach

2.      Gilbert Roth, The Roth Center

3.      Jonathan McElhaney, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

4.      Natalie Embry, Tri Star Behavioral Health

5.      Trisha Dean, Private Practice

6.      Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt

7.      Karen Durick, Williamson Medical Center EAP

8.      Hugh Nash, Cumberland Heights

9.      Pam Hernandez, LMFT, recently moved here from California

GUESTS:

1.      Anita Peterson, COO TriStar Behavioral

2.      Suzanne Rube, Clarity Program at Parthenon Pavilion

 

 

1.       The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair.

2.      The minutes of June 17,2010 were approved.

3.      Thanks to Centerstone for hosting this meeting.  The coffee and accommodations were great.

4.      Check out brand NEW LOOK of the MTEAPA website.  GREAT job, Susan Gillpatrick, Our Web Mistress Extraordinaire   http://www.mteapa.org/index.html

5.      TRAINING:

Topic: "The Business of Divorce – Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce."   Speaker: Sandy Arons, MBA, Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner and mediator provides financial analyses to divorcing partners/couples and their attorneys/mediators who allow the parties involved understanding the short and long-term financial impacts and tax benefits or burdens of the settlement packages they are considering.

·        90% of getting married is based on love and lust.

·        90% of divorces is about the finances.

Business Issues: Marriage decree as a legal bond requires dissolution

Financial Issues: Division of assets and creating a future budget

Emotional Issues: The feeling baggage from the relationship

 

Both parties need to establish a realistic budget that they can sustain. There are tax consequences to income for one or the other. Who gets the debt?

A good budget can include up to 124 items (house painitng, tree trimming, etc)

Sandy charges $100/hr for her services.

NEXT SESSION:

October 21, 2010 Topic:   Substance Abuse Assessments (DOT, SAP and EAP)  Nan Casey, LADAC, Skyline Madison Campus, Tennessee Christian Medical Center

 

June 17,2010

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

 

PRESENT:          

1.       John Edwards, The Recovery Coach

2.      Gilbert Roth, The Roth Center

3.      Susan Gillpatrick, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

4.      Jonathan McElhaney, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies

5.      Patricia Dean, Private Practice makepositivechanges@yahoo.com (615) 438-3132

6.      Natalie Embry, Tri Star Behavioral Health

7.      Heather Beardsley, Bradford Treatment Centers

8.      Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt

SPEAKER: 

John Allen, SHRM, Tennessee Housing

GUESTS:

1.      Pam Kaufman, LMFT, recently moved here from California714-878-2151 or kaufmanpk@sbcglobal.net

2.      Rhonda Livers, Carehere

3.      Elizabeth Nunley, Carehere,  (www.Carehere.com) a company that contracts for Medical Clinics onsite for employers based in Brentwood.  They are also seeking an EAP for their business.

 

REGRETS: Jack Freckman, Laura Gatrell, Harriett Stewart, Karen Dureck, Hugh Nash, Robert Albury, Ted Rice, Nan Casey, and  Stephanie Dean

 

1.      The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair.

2.      The minutes of April 15,2010 were approved.

3.      Natalie announced that there is a free 5 hr CEU conference wellness66 (MindBodySpirit) Facing Pain; Finding Hope conference in July 20 at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. Call MedLine 329-1919 to register or for more information.

4.      Parthenon Pavilion has a 3 week/3 module  IOP focused on Trauma

5.      Patricia Dean is leading an Emotional Eating Group for women and teens www.MakePositiveChance@yahoo.com   438-3132

6.      Job Opportunities:

a.      AFL-CIO 269-7111 Full Time EAP position.  Talk with Eddie Bryan. 

b.      Part Time position. Master’s Licensed; EAP Jack Freckman and Assoc. 331-3221

7.      Thanks to Centerstone for hosting this meeting.  The coffee and accommodations were great.

8.      Check out brand NEW LOOK of the MTEAPA website.  GREAT job, Susan Gillpatrick, Our Web Mistress Extraordinaire   http://www.mteapa.org/index.html

9.      TOPIC:   John Allen provided an overview of the functions of HR and EAP in his talk on Human Resource Perspective and the EAP.  He offered insights as to how the two can form a better partnership for the good of the employee.  It was helpful to hear the focus of HR from the perspective of someone who formerly provided EAP services.  Recognizing how to speak the language of the other, communications can be more effective.

10.  NEXT MEETING:  August 19, 2010   Topic: "The Business of Divorce – Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Divorce."  . Sandy Arons, MBA, Certified Financial Divorce Practitioner and mediator, provides financial analyses to divorcing partners/couples and their attorneys/mediators who allow the parties involved understanding the short and long-term financial impacts and tax benefits or burdens of the settlement packages they are considering.

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Jim Kendall, LCSW

 

WELLNESS 66 : Facing Pain; Finding Hope

Instructors: Dr Michael Murphy, Dr Catherine Stallworth, and Dr Earl Lavender.

Wellness 66 is a collaborative effort formed from a vision to offer our community educational information regarding the affects of aging upon the body, mind, and spirit. This endeavor has brought together three entities concerned with the senior population: Parthenon Pavilion at Centennial, The Center for Healthy Living at Centennial Medical Center, and The Resource Center on Aging at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. Our focus for this experiential workshop is coping with life-stress issues. Presenters will specifically explore the personal, social, and spiritual domains of this vast subject. Among our speakers will be a physician, a psychotherapist, and a recording artist. You will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions in yoga, therapeutic gardening, art and music therapy, massage, prayer, gratitude, and much more. Make sure you dress accordingly! This is a complementary educational offering and lunch will be provided. We have applied for approval from NAB for 5 CEUs for long-term care administrators and will provide information for those of other disciplines seeking continuing education. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance and an informational workbook to take home. Registration will begin at 8:15 AM. The program will start promptly at 8:45 AM and will be complete by 3:45 PM at which time you will be able to pick up your certificate of attendance. Plan to arrive a little early if you have vision, hearing, or other physical issues. This will allow you to choose a seat that best suits your needs. Early bird registration will be at 06:45 followed by a pre-workshop experience. There will be a post-workshop experience at 4:00. CEUs are available for both of these.


Date: 07/20/2010
Time: 8:15am - 3:00pm



 

 

April 15,2010

MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

 

PRESENT:          

1.        John Edwards, The Recovery Coach

2.       Gilbert Roth, The Roth Center

3.       Jack Freckman, Freckman and Associates

4.       Laura Gatrell, TLAP

5.       Susan Gillpatrick, Centerstone Crisis Management Strategies,

6.       Trisha Dean, Private Practice

7.       Natalie Embry, Tri Star Behavioral Health

8.       Matt Eggleston, Integrated Lie Center Addictions IOP Tx

9.       Harriett Stewart, Williamson Medical Center EAP and Private Practice

10.   Nan Casey, Skyline Madison and Private Practice

11.   Hugh Nash,  Cumberland Heights

12.   Robert Albury, Cumberland Heights

13.   Heather Beardsley, Bradford Treatment Centers

14.   Jim Kendall, Work/Life Connections-EAP at Vanderbilt

 

 

REGRETS: Ted Rice, Jonathan McElhaney, Debbie Carroll  and  Stephanie Dean

 

1.       The meeting was called to order by John Edwards, Chair.

2.       John discussed beginning a halfway house scholarship Fund through his Church.  Contact John Edwards for an application.

3.       The minutes of February 18, 201 were approved.

4.       There is a new “Substance Abuse Expert designation required for working with nuclear organization.  A 20 hour self training program through ASAP is required for the SAE.  This evaluation is different from the SAP.  Some express reservation about the SAE.

5.       Thanks to Centerstone for hosting this meeting.  The coffee and accommodations were great.

6.       Centerstone and ICISF are presenting a two day Suicide Postvention course May 12 and 13.

7.       Please check out brand new look of the MTEAPA website.  GREAT job, Susan Gillpatrick, Web Mistress Extraordinaire   http://www.mteapa.org/index.html

8.       Jack Freckman LCSW,CEAP presented “ EAP in Tennessee (ALMACA and MTEAPA)

a.       The Middle TN Chapter began in the 70’s. 

b.       John Malloy was an early driving force for ALMACA.

c.       In 1983 EASN formed in Detroit (primarily Canadian), and offered a lifetime membership for $200 for the first 90 days. 60-70% of the membership joined under those terms. This proved to be a very poor business decision future limiting cash flow.

d.       Jack Freckman moved to Nashville in 1986 (little known factoid)

e.       Middle TN EAPA has always met on Thursdays. (another little known fact)

f.         Nashville hosted two Southern Regional EAP Conferences: 1988 - “The B-EAP Goes On”  and 1992; and the best International EAPA Conference happened in Nashville in 2006.

g.       In early 1990s ALMACA morphed into EAPA.

h.       Membership in EAPA has varied from a high of 7500 to about 2500-3000 (current).

i.         In 1993, Tennessee was the first state to pass the LEAP, licensed under the Board of Labo after nearly a decade of preliminary work on it. .

j.         In 1995, North Carolina was the second state to offer licensure.

k.       In 2000 Labor succeeded from EAPA.

l.         In 2009, the LEAP Board was sunsetted.

m.     We are thankful to the many pioneers locally who preceded us in the field:  John Malloy, Frank Burger, Mary Ann Quirk, Ann Doak, Carol Boone, Carol Syperski, Billy Shumate, Jack Freckman, Peggy Reynolds, Billy Sellars, Charlie Schoenbrobt, Andy Isakoff, and Dave Grady (to name a few).

9.       The  NEXT MEETING:  June 17, 2010: HR and EAP presented by John Allen SHRM, LCSW.

 

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Jim Kendall, LCSW

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