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. Please, cash or check only.

The next meeting will be held on March 10th, 2020

Title: The How and Why of Building EA and HR Relationships

Speaker: Greg DeLapp, MHS, CEAP Chief Executive Officer of EAPA, Inc

Description: The Human Resource (HR) function is different in every organization, but most will encompass employer "people" policies, procedures, benefits, talent management, labor relations (when there is a CBA), HR metrics, and communications. HR will often include payroll, EEO, law, safety/security, community relations, training, occupational health, wellness, ethics hotlines, OSHA / DOT / DOD compliance, and more. Why these HR functions exist and where / how Employee Assistance (EA) can and should interact with these functions will be the focus of this presentation on practical applications in building EA / HR relationships.


  1. To explain a range of HR functions where EA/HR can and should interact on an operations level.
  2. To position EA for establishing value and utility beyond traditional EA roles.
  3. To encourage EA providers to expand on the Core Tech consultation role with the employer as the targeted client.
  4. To equip EA professionals with questions, comments, and tools to engage HR in a role expansion view of EA.


  1. To assess and compare the roles of HR and EA within an employer organization and within the employment relationship.
  2. To demonstrate EA availability and utilization as a broad extension of the way an employer relates to employees. 
  3. To identify the practical applications of EA Core Tech to daily HR operations. 
  4. To demonstrate proactive positioning of EA within an employer organization beyond traditional assessment / referral / short-term counseling roles. 

Speaker Biography: 

Greg DeLapp is currently the Chief Executive Officer of EAPA, the global professional membership association for those working in or in support of Employee Assistance. He had previously served 10+ years on the EAPA Board of Directors in numerous roles, including Board President 1998-2000. A co-founder of the EAPA Philadelphia Chapter, having held a CEAP since 1987, Greg has lectured and provided training for EA and HR groups across the US, Europe, and Asia. From 1981- 2015, Greg managed Employee Assistance and various HR functions across the $2.2B global specialty steel and engineered materials manufacturer Carpenter Technology Corporation (NYSE:CRS / www.cartech.com), Reading, PA. Active on many community boards in Pennsylvania, and with disability inclusion, and addictions related services; he is also a longstanding member of SHRM.

The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs.  The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: sfbayeapa.org or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596.  Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances.  Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Approval Number is 57003.

Click here to register for the March 10th meeting

Upcoming Meetings:

April 14
"Sensitive: The Untold Story" documentary
Alane Freund, MS, LMFT

Meeting Time and Location

Our meeting location is Skates on the Bay in Berkeley, CA. Networking is 11:20 am - 11:50; the presentation is 11:50 am - 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy a nice lunch with beautiful San Francisco Bay views!

Other Upcoming EAPA Events

EAPA will be holding the 2020 World Conference in Houston, TX on October 27-29, 2020. Pre-conference training will be held October 25-26th, 2020. For more information, please visit the 2020 EAPA 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

Please contact us with questions, if you'd like to sign up for our monthly newsletter or if you are interested in being a speaker!

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