Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Volume 12, Issue 6
CT EAPA NEWSLETTER
April 16, 2009 Minutes
CT CHAPTER OFFICERS The meeting was called to order by President future threats. We will continue to monitor
Orlene Weyland. In addition to 18 regular and share links and information with other
Orlene Weyland, CEAP
members, guests Sherry Courtmanche, Debby professional groups.
Aetna Work/Life Assistance Shapiro, Lauren Lowenthal and JoEllen Sajek
151 Farmington Avenue-REAG were present. The minutes were approved. Joys/Concerns: Marcia announced the Spring
Hartford, CT 06416
Bud reported for Vivien that the only change Sale on May 9 that Wesleyan Potters where
to the treasury is a $450 deposit sent to the she displays some of her handiwork. Becky
VICE PRESIDENT Crowne Plaza for the June conference. announced that UTC has initiated mandatory
Gerald Marcil, CEAP furloughs, so she anticipates seeing an increase
Pratt & Whitney
P.O. Box 405
Committees: in referrals as family mem-
Marion, CT 06444
Program-Gary will have
PDHs for today’s meeting
MEETING SCHEDULE bers struggle with the im-
pact of this.
available next month. May 8:30 Coffee &
topic is EMDR. June Con- Old Business: Laurie up-
Vivien Bergl, CEAP Networking dated the chapter on the
Solutions EAP ference: We will have PDHs
80 Seymour Street
and CECs. The flyer will be 9:00 Chapter Meeting union negotiations at
sent out to the network and AT&T. The final package
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
10:00 Speaker did not include EAP/
EAP affiliates. Please pass
on to your various profes- 11:00 Adjourn Work life, and negotia-
SECRETARY tions remain at a stand-
Betsy Lunt, CEAP sional contacts or client
St. Francis Hospital groups. Also, there is still time to sponsor a still.
114 Woodland Street, 7-1 Connector
Hartford, CT 06105 vendor table. Contact Vivien Bergl for more New Business: Bud announced the slate of
860-714-4510 information. officers as developed by the Nominating Com-
L&PP: The bill threatening reimbursement mittee: President, Jerry Marcil, VP, Betsy Lunt,
Laurie Easton, CEAP to marriage and family therapists died in com- Treasurer, Karen Cerrato, Secretary, Gary Al-
mittee. JoEllen Sajek offered a detailed up- ger, and Labor Rep, Laurie Easton. The vote
3055 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518 date. As the sponsors of the bill believe that will take place in May and officers sworn in at
203-230-3377 this act will save the state money, the MFTs the June Conference. It is not too late to throw
were advised by their lobbyist to anticipate (Continued on page 2)
NEXT MEETING –
May 21, 2009 From The President~ Orlene Weyland, MA, CEAP
Speaker: Samantha I hope this finds you enjoying our beautiful spring weather. Our winter was long and
Mjensi seemingly never ending, so the sunshine and flowers that abound are even better ap-
preciated! So that is the joy of living in New England where we appreciate each season
Topic: EMDR for what it brings. I'm hoping to see all of you at the June conference. Thanks to our
program committee, we have a wonderful conference planned with experts from a vari-
Location: The Village
at Kensington ety of EAP disciplines. At that time we will also be holding the Chapter election of new
Officers—see the minutes for the nominations. See you at the May meeting. Our
~ See page 2 speaker is Samantha Mjenzi who will speak about EMDR as a therapeutic tool and
provide some great case examples as well. See you then!
Best Regards, Orlene
CT EAPA Newsletter - May 2009 Page 2
DATE TOPIC SPEAKER LOCATION Hours
5/21/09 EMDR Samantha Mjensi The Village 1
Bulletin 6/18/09 Current Trends Dave Worster, LICSW, CEAP Crowne 5.5
Board in the EAP World: Hyong Un, MD Plaza
A Comprehensive View Vinny Ceraso, LAP, CEAP Cromwell
Dan Pitzer, LCSW, LCADC, CEAP
Hold the Date
June 18, 2009 your hat in the ring, see Bud, Liz Guerra or Gary Alger, members of the Nominating Committee.
Bud thanked this group for their work.
For our Annual Orlene suggested we send two members to the District Leaders Conference in May, held in New
Conference Jersey. This is a good opportunity to see how other chapters function and have discussion on
the challenges and opportunities we face.
“Current Trends Orlene also asked for volunteers to serve on an ad hoc committee to look at our by-laws. John
believes we recently updated ours, so Orlene will review what we have and send them on to Na-
in the EAP World: tional.
Announcements: Sara Alves announced Silver Hill Hospital VIP Services for EAPs, and distrib-
View” uted information which should help us expedite referrals.
Orlene shared the work of Interval House, who will hold their major fundraising event on Satur-
day. Orlene serves on the board for Interval House, and Aetna has doubled their support of this
organization. The Aetna is revamping their campaign to their employees to educate on the topic
of domestic violence, and now offers on-line training on this for all employees. Perhaps this
could be a topic for program in the fall.
Dan announced that his union is
also supporting people and kids in
MEETING LOCATION shelters with Mother’s Day bas-
The Village at Kensington Place
511 Kensington Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451 Meeting adjourned, followed by a
Tel: 203-235-0181 panel discussion.
I-691 west to Exit 6. Turn left on Lewis Ave.
Go past Westfield Shopping town and turn left onto Kensington Betsy Lunt, CEAP
Avenue, then take a right into the Village. Chapter Secretary
I-691 east to Exit 5.
Left off exit ramp.
Pass Westfield Shopping town on the right, turn right onto Kensing-
ton Avenue and proceed to The Village.
You can get to I-691 from Routes 15, 91, 66 or 84.
The CT Chapter of EAP meets on the third Thursday of the month, September through June. The CT
EAPA Newsletter is published monthly before each meeting. To submit items to the newsletter, contact
Bud Wassell at 1-800-526-3485 or fax, 860-704-6222 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org