Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories

CE Presentation

“EAP and Contemporary Workplace Challenges”

DOE EAP 6th Annual Training

Department of Energy/Sandia National Laboratories Word Document

DOE National Training Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 3-4, 2017


CE Speakers:

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.

Georgi De Stefano, LCSW

Tatyana Fertelmeyster, MA, LCPC

Susan Vann, Ph.D.

Rebecca Nellis, MPP


Description: This is an annual two-day meeting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who provide services through Employee Assistance Programs within the National Laboratories.  The overall focus of the meeting is the role of the EAP clinician in enhancing workplace psychological health with specific topical areas of sexual addiction & the workplace, high conflict personalities and BH interface, diversity in organizations and psychological effects of cancer in the workplace. A total of 12.0 total hours of continuing education credit is being requested for the presentation.


Learning Objectives:     Following successful completion of the program the attendee will be able to:


1)     Describe the impacts of addictive behaviors in the workplace with an emphasis on sexual addictions including updated neuroscience research on neurochemistry and neurobiology.  Explain the DSM-V addictions diagnostic framework and updated understanding of the six stages of recovery from the perspective of sexual addictions (development, crisis, shock, grief, repair, growth) with a focus on impact in the workplace.

2)     Describe and explain the key characteristics of the “high conflict personality” and the continuum with personality disorders especially narcissistic, borderline and antisocial.  Describe the five high conflict personality types and the three elements of the cycle of high conflict thinking.  Explain and demonstrate the four key skills associated with managing high conflict situations in the workplace (CARS) and BIFF responding.

3)     Describe the key variables associated with intercultural competence and implications for understanding diversity in the workplace from an EAP perspective.  Describe and demonstrate the three key components of communication for effective, culturally competent counseling.

4)     Describe common barriers to EAP utilization and strategies for increasing utilization.  Describe the EAP short-term intervention model and four key target areas including management conflict, co-worker conflict, retirement anxiety and difficult work experiences.

5)     Describe the main issues associated with balancing cancer and work with an emphasis on EAP response.  Describe current research on cancer survivors and work engagement including management of chemotherapy side effects and “chemo brain”, medical and behavioral accommodations and resources for psychological support.





The following core learning areas will be covered in the program:


·      Sexual Addiction and Cyber-Sex in the Workplace

·      EAP & Worksite Behavioral Health role in High Conflict Situations

·      Diversity in the Workplace: BH/EAP Interface

·      Psychological Effects of Cancer in the Workplace

·      EAP Program Updates with emphasis on barriers to utilization and short-term intervention model


Method and Length:     The presentations will be given live via power-point at the DOE National Training Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Allowing for breaks, the requested number of CE contact hours for psychologists is 12.0.


Confidentiality: Confidentiality of the material in the training will be strictly maintained. All cases reviewed will be appropriately masked and prior consent as appropriate will be obtained.


Relevance to Psychologists: This program is directly relevant to psychologists especially based on the following standards (Ethical Principles of Psychologists, 2002 with 2010 Amendments): Principle A: Beneficence & Non-maleficence; 2.01 Boundaries of Competence; 2.03 Maintaining Competence; 2.04 Bases for Scientific & Professional Judgments; Standard 1: Resolving Ethical Issues; Standard 4: Privacy & Confidentiality



SIAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  SIAP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.