ERIC Number: ED284115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: 0
An Employee Assistance Curriculum: The Ultimate Collaborative Function.
Epstein, Howard V.; Perryman, William J.
Employees who abuse alcohol and drugs experience lost efficiency, absenteeism, poor decision making, and accidents. The economic losses to employers resulting from such abuse and the belief that employers should help employees with personal problems have stimulated corporations and unions to develop employee assistance programs (EAPs). These programs have created a need for professionals who understand alcoholism and substance abuse, and who are skilled in the dynamics of problem identification, problem solving, and therapeutic interventions. Although the involvement of social work in industry has been minimal, social work educators should prepare practitioners for leadership in EAPs. One way to do this is through cooperative programs between industry and academia. The"Cooperative Plan," modeled after the co-op program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is one such program. This plan combines the traditional on-campus academic course work with on-the-job training through employment underwritten with a stipend-grant by industry. The 2-year graduate cooperative program in social work could hold many benefits both for business and industry and for the students enrolled in the program. (Cooperative Plan schedules, an Employer's Evaluation of Cooperative Student form, a co-op work record, and EAP coordinator comments are appended; references are included.) (NB)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Cooperative Programs, Employee Assistance Programs, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Practicums, School Business Relationship, Social Work, Social Workers
Mr. Howard V. Epstein, Georgia State University, Department of Social Work, Atlanta, GA 30303-3091.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (Boston, MA, May 1985) and the International Institute on the Prevention and Treatment of Alcoholism (Budapest, Hungary, June, 1986).