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International Digital Employee Assistance Archive

Goal: To build a repository for all employee assistance research papers, best practice documents, webinars, historical documents, conference presentations, and more which is free and open to the public. The Archive is housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work, but anyone can access the archive at http://www.eaarchive.org

Date: 31 March 2013

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Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Since 2013, Drs. Jodi Frey and Patricia Herlihy have been growing the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive, housed at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (www.EAArchive.org). Together, and with library staff and student workers, we have grown to include entries from over 750 authors (many entries are entire books, dissertations, full volumes of journals and multi-media) with over 140,000 downloads from more than 10 countries. During COVID, use of the EA Archive continued to grow as people around the world were hungry for information and support, and at their computers more often. The EA Archive is the first and still the only outward facing digital archive at the University. It is designed to provide resources to people around the globe, including those within the University. Is anyone else managing a global digital archive? If so, tell us about it here and let's share best practices.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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The EA Archive is a free, online global repository that houses publicly available original works, historical documents, and current research and multi-media of interest to Employee Assistance professionals and the broader field of workplace behavioral health. It was created back in 2013 by Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, Professor, UMSSW and Dr. Patricia Herlihy, CEO, Rocky Mountain Research. Since that humble beginning the EA Archive has grown to now house thousands of original works from around the world by hundreds of authors. And the materials in this repository have been downloaded throughout the world over 90,000 times!
Please check out this digital repository and consider submitting some of your materials - www.eaarchive.org
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Did you know that the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive (www.EAArchive.org) has dissertations focused on employee assistance and related workplace behavioral health research? We currently have 11 original dissertations and we are looking to grow this aspect of our collection. If you have recently, or in the past, completed a doctoral dissertation that you want to share, please contact us for information on how you can submit your work to the EA Archive. Topics currently in the Archive include original research on stress among police, compassion fatigue and crisis intervention, smoking cessation in the workplace, work/life program integration with EAP, working family polices and more. Please take a look by searching "dissertations" on the left hand side of the Archive website and consider adding your original research to our collection.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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Employee Assistance Professionals have an unusual opportunity to provide workplace expertise during these unprecedented and stressful times. Law enforcement in particular is one population that is under unusual pressure these days. Law enforcement has always been a challenging and stressful occupation, but there has been an increase in their need for emotional support within the last year. An officer’s stress level impacts not only themselves and their ability to perform on the job, but also their family members and community. In one state where an EAP agency provides services to approximately 56 of the 102 police departments, a significant increase in the demand for EAP services was noted. A majority of these police departments experienced either double or sometimes even quadruple the number of requests for EAP services within the last two years. With this increase in demand for behavioral health services, opportunities arise for EAPs. However, for opportunities and partnerships to be successful, EA professionals need to better understand the subculture of law enforcement in the United States.
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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For those of you who are interested in what it means to be an accredited EAP, we have a newly curated collection of resources from the Council on Accreditation and EASNA in the Archive. If you search www.EAArchive.org using search term, “Council on Accreditation”, you can find a variety of materials related to the technical process of accreditation, the COA standards, and even more. These materials include Version 1 and Version II of the manual, and multiple slide presentations about EAP accreditation, answering questions like: What is the history and background of EAP accreditation? Which EAPs are accredited? Why should our EAP pursue accreditation? What are the benefits? What are the costs or risks? There are also a couple of articles about developing the standards for accreditation and more details about the process.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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Over the last 6-12 months there have been some wonderful dissertations submitted to this Open Repository..... ranging from qualitative studies on Smoking Cessation Programs; Peer Support Groups in Canada for Police Officers; Evaluation of EA External Vendors; EAPs and Service to Police Members in South Africa.....
Please let us know if you are finishing up a disseratation related to the EAP field and we would lobe to work with you to obtain submission to this global repository.....www.eaarchive.org
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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This is a brief history of the Employee Assistance Quarterly originally created in 1985 with a name change to the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health in 2005. This is the main Peer Review Journal for the EAP field. This brief article documents its inception and changes in publisher as well as name change. In addition it chronicles the various editors over the years as well as the 25th Anniversary celebration of this journal.
Articles from this journal for copyright issues are not able to be submitted to this repository but the Table of Contents is in the process of being submitted to help clinicians find some of these cutting edge research papers in this journal over the last 35+ years.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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· During the COVID 19 Pandemic the Employee Assistance Digital Archive: A Knowledge Hub is working to curate articles, presentations and other timely materials related to the EA response to this pandemic. The EA Archive is a freely available online repository to anyone in the world. If you have or need helpful articles or other materials related to this pandemic, please go to www.EAArchive.org to “enter the archive” and type “COVID-19” in the search bar to access materials. In addition you can also submit your own materials online (instructions on our site) or contact Patricia Herlihy (pherlihy@rockymountainresearch.us) or Jodi Frey (jfrey@ssw.umaryland.edu) for additional assistance. All of us at the EA Archive thank you for the tremendous work you are doing in the workplace during this pandemic.... and we hope to be a “go to” resource to support you during this challenging time.
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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In April 2016, the Employee Assistance Research Foundation (EARF) released a request for proposals to fund the EAP History Project. Dr. Dale Masi, PhD, President and CEO of Masi Research Consultants, Inc., was awarded the grant to provide a comprehensive look at the 70-year history of EAPs in North American. This book is the first part in this effort, which includes the historical data of the field using the social science literature, trade publications, government documents, and other relevant sources. Please read online or download this new book for free in the EA Archive:
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Patricia Ann Herlihy
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This Archive was looking for a catchy tag line to its somewhat long title..... We received over 25 suggestions and the final winner is Chris Knoepke, Researcher in the Colorado area....
Now the official title for this repository is:
International Employee Assistance Digital Archive: A Knowledge Hub.....
Thanks to all who participated in this contest... and a Special Thanks to Chris!
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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The International Employee Assistance Digital Archive won the Award for Best Use of Technology by the Employee Assistance Professional Association in St Louis in September, 2019
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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It is hard to believe that six years have passed since the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive was unveiled in 2013 by Drs. Jodi Frey and Patricia Herlihy. Initially, it developed out of a need for the EA field to preserve its history on a free and publicly accessible website where historical docu- ments, current papers, presentations, and other mul- timedia EA-related materials could be preserved and shared on a global level (Frey & Herlihy, 2017). Since the initial launch, the EA Archive has grown by leaps and bounds; expanding to include both past and current articles, webinars, and presentations from around the world. Currently, there are over 3,300 unique submissions from over 400 authors. In addi- tion, there have been approximately 4,500 visits to the Archive during the last six years.
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Dr. Donjanea Fletcher Williams led the writing of a new EASNA Research Note article (also posted in the EA Archive) on the development and use of an organizational well-being measurement tool. As workplaces are demanding more outcomes for programs such as worker well-being, it is good to have options to consider which outcome measure might work best to assess the outcomes of your workplace program. Check out this new publication and let us know your thoughts if you are using it at your workplace: https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/handle/10713/8849
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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The International Employee Assistance Archive is now officially linked with the Reuther's library which is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor-related organizations.
The Reuther collection scope includes materials related to 20th century American labor history, urban Detroit history, women in the workplace, radical organizations, and dissident union movements.
The connection with the EAP field is best captured by Paul Kurzman Ph.D @ Hunter College: " it is incumbent on EAPs to be present in labor settings, under union auspices, to serve the interests of workers and their families. By definition, unions represent workers and fight for their welfare, security and overall well-being, which are the very outcomes that a comprehensive labor-based EAP will pursue – in the interests of labor and management alike."
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Have you talked to “Tess” yet? Tess is the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot who took the 2018 EAPA Conference by storm! A new article posted in the EA Digital Archive, written by Michiel Rauws, Founder and CEO of AXAI and creator of Tess was just published in the first issue in 2019 of the Journal of Employee Assistance (2019): https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/handle/10713/8448
In it, Rauws talks about how AI such as chatbots, can be used to support employee assistance and mental health counseling services, connecting sometimes with hard-to-reach employees. What are your thoughts on how the EAP and related fields can best harness this technology without being replaced by it? Patricia Ann Herlihy
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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We are thrilled to announce that 14 keynote presentations from the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) from years 2007-2014 are now available on the Archive for anyone to view. Please enter the Archive website from www.EAArchive.org and type "EAPA Keynote" into the search bar. Keynotes representing interesting and diverse topics will be displayed. Anyone can view them and remember that anyone can freely access the Archive (no affiliation with the University of Maryland is required). If you want to learn to submit EAP-related materials (i.e. presentations, publications and photos) to the Archive, please look online or contact Dr. Jodi Frey at jfrey@ssw.umaryland.edu or Dr. Patricia Herlihy at pherlihy@rockymountainresearch.us with any questions. We look forward to seeing what you have to submit.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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Now that the holidays are upon us.... Jodi & I thought it might be a fun time while folks hopefully have a little more time to review some of their fun photos from over the years in the EAP field... and submit them to the Archive: www.eaarchive.org so we can all enjoy them.... Happy Holidays!
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Check out our latest addition to the EA Archive! We now have slides from the 4th webinar in the EA Practice Based Research Network's Series on Workplace Behavioral Health, titled, "What Employers Can do to Address Addiction in the Workplace" presented by Dr. Eric Goplerud, expert in substance use disorders prevention and treatment. The webinar will be re-recorded in the future and posted soon, but in the meantime, the slides are very informative about opiate use in the workforce; impact of opiates on health, productivity and retention; and great resources for EAPs and workplace partners: http://hdl.handle.net/10713/8289
Also, hope to see many of you next week at the Annual EAPA Conference in MN.
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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We are excited to invite people to view our newly updated website for the EA Digital Archive. Please take a look at https://www.eaarchive.org and explore the updated site. We are especially excited about the new EAP Photo Gallery on the website and encourage you to look for historical photos that you have permission to post and upload them to the website to help us document the history and current status of the EAP field.
Drs. Jodi Frey and Patricia Ann Herlihy will be at the 2018 EAPA Conference in MN in October to talk more about the Archive and our 5th year anniversary. We are grateful to R3 Continuum for their generous financial support to Dr. Herlihy to allow her to be present at the conference while she works to educate others about the Archive, while helping to grow its international reach.
Please consider posting your EAP-related work to the Archive if you have not already. We are here to answer any questions you might have.
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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A big thank you to EASNA and Morneau Sheppell for helping to make it possible for Archive co-founder, Dr. Patricia Herlihy, to attend the 2018 EASNA Conference in Vancouver and kick-off our year long celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Archive. Pat had a great time introducing folks to the Archive while also helping to support EASNA's 30th anniversary. The presentations were interesting and interest about the Archive continues to grow! As we work to expand the Archive, we are looking for your help this year to build our international materials and become an even better resource for people seeking knowledge and best practices about EAP around the globe. A recent addition to the Archive that might be of interest to some of you is the 2017 EAPA Keynote Address by Dr. Paul Roman with moderation from EAPA CEO, Greg DeLapp titled, Wrestling with EAP Core Technology: Origins and Future Implications for the Profession. Check it out through MP4 or stream directly using the external resource link - both are included in the description here: https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/handle/10713/7808 .
Also, please consider using this project space on Research Gate to pose questions about the EAP field that may be of interest to other researchers and we can use this site to share information and research.
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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We hope to see some of you at the EASNA Institute which will be held May 9 - 11, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia (www.easna.org for more information and to register). Courtesy of a generous gift by Morneau Shepell, Dr. Patricia Herlihy will be at the EASNA conference to kick off the celebration of the EA Archive's 5th year anniversary. We now have over 3,000 unique submissions in the Archive from over 250 authors. Please take a peek at www.eaarchive.org and consider making a submission to help us continue to grow, around the world.
 
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Check out this new "Featured Article" in the Employee Assistance Digital Archive: A Substance Use Cost Calculator for US Employers With an Emphasis on Prescription Pain Medication Misuse by E. Goplerud, et al. (2017) and other articles and interesting reads in the International Employee Assistance Digital Archive at https://www.eaarchive.org/feature-articles
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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Soon after Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, Associate Professor, accepted her new position as Chair of the Employee Assistance Program Sub-specialization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work (UMBSSW), she began receiving requests from soon-to-be retiring leaders in the field of employee assistance (EA) asking if they could mail boxes of EA-related articles, books and other materials to her office for preservation and future use with EAP students. As she glanced around her very small University office, she kn ew immediately that she personally lacked capacity to house these historical artifacts
Jodi Jacobson Frey
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Did you know that in addition to historical preservation, the Employee Assistance Digital Archive also focuses on current issues and hot topics relevant to the EA field? Two recent additions that might be of interest to you include a new article on EAPs and the Opioid Crisis written by Dr. Bernie Mccann (https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/browse?type=author&value=McCann%2C+Bernard+A.) and a new white paper titled “Sexual Violence in the Workplace: It Happens Here” written by Dr. Patricia Ann Herlihy, Ms. Lauren Bloom and Ms. Leah Marshall (https://archive.hshsl.umaryland.edu/handle/10713/2345/simple-search?query=sexual+violence). Checkout these and other EAP-related works in the Archive at http://www.eaarchive.org
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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EA Archive Submissions hit the 400 Mark which now includes many EAPA related Journals from 1985 - 2010. If anyone in the Employee Assistance field has old ALMACANS, EA Exchanges or JEA Journals and is willing to donate to the Archive, please contact me: pherlihy@rockymountainresearch.us
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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The EA Digital International Archive has recently negotiated with EAPA to scan and submit all EAPA related Journals from 1974 - 2010. Each journal will be scanned in its entirety and then submitted in files by the year of publication. Thus anyone in the field can research articles, trends & research for any of the last 35 years...... This is a huge milestone for this fledgling Archive.... and will hopefully encourage more professionals to use this Archive as a major source for information in the Employee Assistance field worldwide.
 
Patricia Ann Herlihy
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To build a repository for all employee assistance research papers, best practice documents, webinars, historical documents, conference presentations, and more which is free and open to the public. The Archive is housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work, but anyone can access the archive at http://www.eaarchive.org