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 January 14th, 2020

Title: Unearthing Buried Secrets: DNA

Speaker: Tamara Cagney, EdD, MA, BSN, MFT, CEAP, BCC

Description: Business has never been better for what's often called "recreational genetics" and that includes opportunities for EAPs.

Goals: To have EA professionals and treatment providers consider the impact of surprise results from DNA genetic testing.


To identify the psychological impact of receiving genetic testing results that:

  1. Reveal high risk for serious illness or disease
  2. Reveal long buried family secrets
  3. Change ones cultural identity
  4. Impact ones sense of self

Speaker Biography: 

Dr. Cagney has provided Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for over 40 years in both the public and private sectors, in unionized and non-unionized settings. Since 2000 she has been an internal EA professional at Sandia National Laboratories. She is currently a distinguished member of the staff at Sandia where she provides EAP psychological counseling services.

 She also provides clinical consultation to the Northern California Teamsters' Assistance Program. As an independent consultant, she designs and evaluates EAPs, delivers training, designs drug-free workplace programs and Department of Transportation (DOT) testing programs. Tamara conducts two-day national training's for DOT substance abuse professionals (SAPs) focused on the new FMCSA Clearinghouse, assessment, level of care and follow up testing determinations and return to work issues for DOT regulated employees.

Dr. Cagney is the Past President of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Her last project for the EAPA is the development of a EAP Toolkit for Cannabis in the Workplace. The Toolkit is available at http://www.eap.

Click here to register for January 14, 2020

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.

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