Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of EAPA

The next chapter meeting will be held on June 11th, 2019

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 June 11th, 2019

Title: Eldercare Issues: Supporting Clients and Employees

Speaker: Jan Somers, LCSW

Description: Often employees don't disclose their family/caregiving situation for personal reasons. Others are quite open. Employees who assume caregiving duties are constantly juggling the changing needs and responsibilities in the workplace and the overwhelming fear that a crisis on the homefront may be just around the corner. This presentation will include a variety of options that EA and mental health professionals can provide and/or recommend to their clients.


  • Present the current/projected research about eldercare issues and the workplace.
  • Provide ideas that can be used by Employee Assistance Programs, Therapists, or Treatment Centers to more effectively respond to employees or clients who provide care to their aging family members while working full-time


  • Discuss employee's wish list and viewpoints about Eldercare issues.
  • Identify the financial costs, lowered productivity and absenteeism related to Eldercare. 
  • List solutions and options that EAP's can implement to address employees and their Eldercare issues.

Speaker Biography: 

Since 1976, Jan D. Somers, MSW LCSW, BCD, Certificate in Gerontology, has been working in the field of Social Work. Her experience includes working with adolescents, adults, and the elderly in the following arenas: Geriatric Care Manager, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Employee Assistance, Home Health, and Private Practice, 

In 1998, upon obtaining a degree in Gerontology from the University of Denver, she has focused her career in Geriatrics. As a Consultant in Aging/Geriatric Care Manager, she has worked with caregivers, seniors, families, and healthcare professionals by providing comprehensive evaluations, resources, and guidance to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of seniors experiencing challenging situations. 

Click here to register for June 11th

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


Mike Webb, LCSW, CEAP

Retired EAP WorkLife Services Contract Advisor, Chevron Corporation

Vice President

Pamela Lister, M.A., MFT

Private practice therapist and EAP consultant


Douglas Edwards, MFT, CEAP

Retired EAP WorkLife Services Contract Advisor, Chevron Corporation


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