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Employee Assistance Available to NIH'ers

There is an ancient Chinese curse that says, "May you live in changing times." The curse reflects the turmoil that always accompanies social change. We live in tumultuous times; never before has so much changed so fast, particularly after the events of Sept. 11, and with such dramatic implications for the entire country. We face an unsettling amount of individual change as shown by the array of transitions in individual lives: marriage, divorces, health problems, relocations, family strife, retirements, etc.

In the workplace we are also confronted with change — ever advancing technologies, new policies and procedures, reorganizations, career transitions, and constantly shifting duties and reporting responsibilities.

The EAP staff includes (from l) Craig Kalman, Eva Chen, Dr. Mike Bowler, Emma Mixon and intern Marta Conteras.

The Employee Assistance Program at NIH has been established to help employees deal with the effects of these transitions in their lives. Everyone experiences personal and work concerns from time to time, and many situations improve with access to professional consultation. The EAP can help NIH'ers deal with the impact of changes through provision of confidential individual and group consultation sessions. EAP consultants also provide specialized services such as stress management, job coaching, transition management and anger management. Brochures describing these services are available at the EAP office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B2B57. You can reach EAP by calling 496-3164 or visit http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/ds/eap for detailed information about services.

The program specializes in disability management, providing help for employees whose medical issues (e.g. emotional illness, substance abuse, chronic medical problems) may be affecting their ability to do their jobs and/ or causing difficulty in their personal lives. This will continue to be a central part of the EAP program.

Employee assistance is also available to students and trainees at NIH as well as to managers and employees. EAP is staffed by three counselors: Dr. Michael Bowler, Craig Kalman and Eva W. Chen, who can be reached at the number listed above.


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