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 November 12th, 2019

Title: Changing Habits for Good

Speaker: Abby Medcalf, PhD

Description: Self help books and many counseling approaches are set up to fail because they don’t take into account three critical factors regarding how to make lasting  personal changes:

1) How long it truly takes to change a habit (according to the actual research)

2) The 3 components of a habit (people usually try to change the wrong one)

3) Understanding that willpower is an exhaustible resource so must be examined and problem-solved before taking on any new change


1. Participants will learn the clear approach for making changes that stick in the long-term. by understanding the components of change and willpower.

2. Participants will be able to utilize this simple approach with themselves as well as their clients to create lasting change in their lives.


1. Participants will utilize the 3-pronged habit approach to address one habit they wish to change in their own lives.

2. Participants will analyze their current life circumstances and identify two willpower increasers for themselves.

3. By demonstrating how to use the habit approach with themselves, they will identify ways to apply these techniques to their work with clients.

Speaker Biography: 

Abby Medcalf is a psychologist, author and speaker who has helped thousands of people create happy and connected relationships. With her unique blend of hands-on experience, comprehensive research, and humor, she provides practical, usable tools that work so people can experience big change in a short amount of time.

With over 30 years of experience, Abby is a recognized authority and sought-after speaker at organizations such as Google, Apple, United Airlines, Kaiser, PG&E, and AT&T. She’s been a featured expert on CBS and ABC news, a Tedx Speaker, and has been a contributor to Huff Post, Women’s Health, Your Tango, Love Engineer and Mt. Diablo Magazine.

Click here to register for the November event.

**Please note: there will be no speaker nor CEU's for December. Please join us for a holiday networking meeting.**

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs and LEPs.  The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be contacted 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 11:30 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

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!

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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