EAPA Lone Star

The Changing Role of EAP in the Workplace

  • 17 Jan 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Recovery Resource Council 2700 Airport Freeway (Hwy 121) Fort Worth, Texas 76111

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The Changing Role of EAP in the Workplace

There have been significant workplace changes in mental health, family focused wellness, clinical practice and employment law impacting the role of EAP’s in organizations. Developments in technology, work culture, social media, changing attitudes and opinions of the public and employers have pressured businesses to improve upon behavioral health and workplace well-being services for their employees. How are EAP’s and clinical practitioners transitioning along with the workplace?

Join us as our expert panel discusses the changes in the role of employee assistance in 2018.

Expert Panel:

Jeff Christie Jeff Christie, LCSW, CEAP

EAP Manager at JPS Health Network


John Tuttle, MSW

Lead EAP Manager, Optum on site at American Airlines


Learning objectives:

We will present insight on how EAP’s can increase awareness and promote the open discussion of mental health in the workplace.

We will present the ethical challenges facing EA practitioners as it relates to social media and technology.  

We will discuss trending challenges in addiction management and new approaches being considered by EAP’s in the workplace.

We will highlight the recent trend of sexual harassment issues in the workplace and its impact on EA engagement and review best practices.

About the Panel:

Jeff Christie is a licensed clinical social worker and certified employee assistance professional, who has spent over 30 years understanding human behavior, with a specialization in the significance of the interplay between psychological health and the workplace.

The experience of Jeff Christie includes the management of the employee assistance programs of energy-sector Fortune 500 companies as well as large healthcare delivery systems.  He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981, with a focus in industrial social work.   For the past 34 years he has worked in the fields of family therapy, chemical dependency treatment and employee assistance programs.

Jeff has also served as an educator, presenting numerous workshops on the subjects of worklife balance, employee assistance programs, recovery from trauma/loss, and EAP ethics.  His interest in ethics has led to published articles on EAP and workplace ethics and his role as a primary author of the book, Ethical Dilemmas in Workplace Counseling: A Casebook. His belief in professional education also includes 19 years of providing EAP field placements to graduate students from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the University of Houston Clear Lake Graduate School Of Psychology. 

In 2007, Jeff served on the EAP task force of the National Business Group on Health, a collaboration that resulted in the publication of An Employer’s Guide to Employee Assistance Programs. 

In October 2008, Jeff Christie was elected as president of the Employee Assistance Roundtable, an organization of internally managed employee assistance programs of Fortune 500 companies.  In October 2010, he was selected as president of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the largest of the EAP professional associations. 

Presently, Jeff continues to build an internal EAP at JPS Health Network, a large healthcare delivery system, tailored to the specific needs and challenges of its diverse workforce.


John Tuttle is Lead EAP Manager on site for Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group) at American Airlines based in DFW. Prior to Optum, John was in house Lead EAP manager for American Airlines for over 27 years before its recent merger with US Airways.

As a practitioner, John’s specialty skills focuses on Mental Health Counseling, Psychology and Psychotherapy. Academically, he has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member for Oakton Community College and the College of DuPage near Chicago, Illinois for over 10 years at each institution.

John has been an active member of the Employee Assistance Roundtable. EAR is an organization of internally managed employee assistance programs from both private companies and non-profit organizations. John is also the current President of the EAPA Lone Star chapter.

A product of the Midwest, John graduated from Bluffton University in Ohio and achieved his post graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.








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