About EAPA

What is EAPA?

Established in 1971, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) is the world's oldest and largest membership association for employee assistance professionals. EAPA hosts an annual conference, publishes a journal, and offers trainings and other resources to enhance the professionalism of its members and industry. EAPA offers:

Education and Training

Professional Certification

Chapter Networking

Annual Conference

Legislative Advocacy

Journal and Online Information

Membership Directory

Memberships Benefits

Today, more than ever, employers and employees are recognizing the value of employee assistance programs and services. The rapid pace and unparalleled degree of change in the workplace underscore the importance of employee assistance programs and the concurrent need for education, training and development of EAP professionals. EAPA is the leading provider of products and services to EAP professionals and others interested in issues that impact employers and employees. EAPA can help professionals stay current with the latest developments in the field, broaden and sharpen their skills, and increase their business contacts. For a minimal investment, you'll receive excellent benefits that will enhance your training and help you grow professionally. Whether you're interested in acquiring certification, staying connected to developments in employee assistance or seeking to build industry relationships, you'll find value in joining EAPA. 

Who Should Join?

Individuals and organizations in the employee assistance field should join EAPA, as well as those who want to expand their knowledge of workplace issues and trends affecting performance and productivity. Our members typically include the following:

Social Workers

Marriage and Family Therapists



Professional Counselors

Substance Use Counselors

Human Resource Professionals

Labor Representatives

Risk Management Experts

Benefits Specialists

News and Events


Monthly Meeting

The San Francisco Bay Area EAPA chapter meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month (there is no meeting in August). Each training provides a minimum 1.5 continuing education units (CEU's) from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDH's). The cost to attend is $30.00 for EAPA members, $40.00 for non-members.

The next meeting will be held on September 10th, 2019

Title: Spirituality and Recovery: what to do about the “God Stuff”

Speaker: Rev Leslie Leasure, MFA, MDiv

Description: Spiritual development is an important part of a comprehensive approach to recovery from substance use disorders -- whether or not an individual chooses to attend 12-step meetings.  This workshop will provide a working definition of spirituality as it relates to recovery, spiritual assessment tools, and concrete practices clients can utilize to cultivate their spirituality, and alternative resources.


1. Provide a working definition of spirituality as it relates to recovery

2. Explore spiritual assessment tools 

3. Offer concrete spiritual practices related to connection, value, and meaning making 


1. Know how to design spiritual assessments and explore related spiritual issues with people in recovery from multi-religious or non-religious perspectives

2. Discuss religious problem solving and develop strategies to address spiritual and intellectual bypassing.

3. Identify resources to support client’s spiritual development 

Speaker Biography: 

Leslie Leasure is a chaplain, spiritual director, and group facilitator. She was the founding program director at the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion – a center specializing in connecting spirituality, social justice work, and innovation. At Ignite, she helped develop and facilitate a range of workshops focused on meaning and work, empathy, and inclusive spirituality. 

Leslie has been working with people in recovery for more than 26 years in various professional and volunteer roles, including serving on community and state advocacy boards, working at a transitional housing program for homeless women struggling with substance use disorders, and serving as a chaplain intern on the psych/addictions unit at John Hopkins Hospital. She currently teaches spirituality classes and provides client spiritual care at Bayside Marin and Merritt Peralta Institute, the chemical dependency treatment center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

In addition, Leslie is a guest faculty member at the Chaplaincy Institute and at the American Baptist Seminary of the West where she trains chaplains and clergy to support people struggling with substance use disorders. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, an MDiv from Pacific School of Religion, and is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. 

Click here to register for the September event

Meeting Time and Location

Our meeting location is Skates on the Bay in Berkeley, CA. Networking is 11:30 am - noon; the presentation is noon - 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy a nice lunch with beautiful San Francisco Bay views!

Other Upcoming EAPA Events

EAPA will be holding the 2019 World Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on September 25-27, 2019. Pre-conference training will be held September 23-24, 2019. For more information, please visit the 2019 EAPA World Conference website.

Links to Resources

Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

http://namica.org (California Chapter)

Al-Anon Family Groups

Chapter Officers


Pamela Lister, MA, MFT

EAP Consultant

Vice President

Kimberly Messier, CEAP, SAP

EAP Counselor


Douglas Edwards, MFT, CEAP

Retired EAP counselor


Kevin O'Donnell, CEAP, RADT

Counselor, BAART Market

BayMark Health Services


Victoria Leff

Director of Program Development, New Bridge Foundation

Labor Chair

Hunny Powell, CEAP, NCAC, LAP-C, SAP

ILWU-PMA Drug/Alcohol Recovery Program

Contact Us

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Monthly meetings are held at Skates at the Bay restaurant located in the Berkeley Marina

100 Seawall Drive

Berkeley, CA 94710

Free self-parking available