EMPLOYEE AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

The EFAP provided by Forbes Psychological Services is designed to provide assessment and short-term counselling/therapy for a full range of issues.  Employees contact Forbes Psychological Services directly to arrange immediate assistance by a Forbes Psychological Services’ professional.  This direct access helps to ensure the highest level of confidentiality by involving fewer people and by allowing immediate access to our services.  Employees accessing the services are ensured of a first appointment within 48 hours of their initial call, crises are dealt with immediately.  During the initial session each case is assessed, a practical solution is discussed, and a treatment program is formulated with the client. 

 

Short term assistance is provided in the areas of:

 

  • Marital/Relationship Issues

  • Separation, Divorce and Custody

  • Parenting Issues

  • Grief and Separation

  • Substance Abuse

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Management

  • Child Behavior Problems

  • Communication

  • Physical Health Concerns

  • Work Related Group Conflicts

  • Retirement Adjustment

  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing – individual

  • Sexual Abuse

  • All psychological disorders

 

 

The goals of short term therapy are:

 

  • To reduce the impact of mental health problems and personal problems on individuals, families and organizations and to enhance functioning.

 

  • To increase coping skills and assist in their development and implementation.

 

  • To increase the recovery of clients from their personal problems.

 

  • To minimize dependence on the therapist.

 

  • To provide ongoing support, assistance and advice as necessary in order to maintain recovery and positive change.

 

Occasionally, upon the initial assessment cases are identified which require long-term or specialized treatment beyond the scope of that available with the EFAP.  In these cases referrals are made to appropriate community based resources.  Referrals are made in cases where the client is suffering from:  a chronic or severe alcohol, drug or gambling addiction which requires an in-patient treatment program; a chronic and/or severe psychiatric disorder; or a medical disorder.

 

Clients referred outside of Forbes Psychological Services are provided with support until they are linked with the appropriate community services.  Even after the client is linked, Forbes Psychological Services will continue to follow-up in order to ensure that the client receives the appropriate service offered by the community resources. The staff at Forbes Psychological Services is well versed in the resources available in the community.