Is EAP work right for you?
EAP counsellors and psychotherapists are seeing more complex and high risk cases, says Amanda Smith, UK EAPA’s secretary and author of the last ‘EAP Matters’ column in the BACP’s ‘Counselling at Work’ journal.
In the article, Amanda discusses the skillset and experience required of affiliate counsellors when it comes to working with clients who present with a wide range of issues that are, in the case of EAP work, interwoven with organisational complexities that can additionally impact on their issues.
“Affiliates benefit from a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach and EAPs are often looking for therapists with experience of CBT and solution-focused approaches, as well as training in time-limited counselling… affiliates will also benefit from having a working knowledge of general mental health diagnosis, types of psychiatric medications and what this may tell us about a client’s current presentation and previous history to support the current issues that are facing.
“It helps to know your locality and the support services that are available so you can signpost your clients for advice and information for themselves, or for family members, whose mental health may be a contributory factor.”
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