ERIC Number: ED329875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-21
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Developing Employee Assistance Programs: New Roles for School Psychologists.
Allie, Stephen M.
In the spring of 1988 an independent school district in Texas formed a 30-member strategic planning team which gathered data on factors impacting the school district at that time and into the foreseeable future. Planning was facilitated by the appointment of 15 action teams formed to write specific plans to fulfill various targets and strategies. This paper discusses the role of the school psychologist in the implementation of one action team's plan to foster positive mental attitudes and self-esteem among students, and specifically, to assist in the development of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The steering committee reviewed the literature on EAP's, met with EAP counselors, and asked five area providers to present their proposal for services. Through involvement in the district-wide strategic planning process, a school psychologist was able to step out of a traditional role and work in a diverse organizational climate/structure. Duties included being an advocate for employee benefits and well-being, a process facilitator of communication and planning, an "expert" in terms of knowledge of community referral resources/agencies, and an organizational change consultant in developing a system-wide program. Program support, a program plan, a policy statement, an information assessment and referral service, appropriate staffing, a confidential record-keeping system, a community referral network, appropriate location of the EAP, funding, resolution of legal questions, training of personnel, program evaluation, and employee education and outreach are listed as essential ingredients of an EAP. (BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (22nd, San Francisco, CA, April 17-22, 1990).