Update from the EAPA 2018 conference
This week, EAPA UK chair, Neil Mountford reports on his recent attendance at the EAPA 2018 conference.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the EAPA 2018 conference last month, held in Minneapolis. This is the leading conference for the U.S. EAP industry but is also attended by EAP professionals from around the world. It was encouraging to see good international representation and to have the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and understand how EAP is developing in different regions.
One of the key themes of the conference was around the development of AI technology platforms that provide interactive support for those dealing with a range of mental health and other issues who might otherwise be reluctant to seek help from a more conventional EAP. These technologies are being positioned as complimentary to the EAP and clearly there are challenges and concerns to be addressed. However, there is no doubt that they will become an increasingly important component of EAPs in the near future.
At the event, Greg DeLapp, CEO of EAPA also announced that EAPA would be engaging external consultants to undertake a fundamental review of the organisation to understand how it needs to change to best serve the industry in the future. The outcome of this project will no doubt offer some valuable insights and ideas for us in the UK and which we will share in due course.