Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of EAPA

The next chapter meeting will be held on March 12th, 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 March 12th, 2019

Title: The Future of EAP - Are We There Yet?

Speaker: Tamara Cagney, Ed.D., M.A., CEAP and Patrick Williams, LMFT, CEAP

Description: Many EA professionals seem to be asking the same question, "Are we there yet?" Professional conferences continue to lament that EA programs are seen more as mental health clinic than a business partner. Sometimes these lamentations only lengthen the journey to EAP credibility. Maybe EAP's aspiration for the future is less a specific destination that pinpoints when we have arrived and more a direction for aspiring EA professionals to help work organizations succeed.

Goal: Highlight the need for employee assistance programs' evolution to keep pace with how work organizations are changing.


  1. Analyze how the workplace is changing
  2. List EAP services to the organization
  3. Identify EAP services to the leaders
  4. Discuss EAP services to individuals
  5. Explore how EAPs are changing to meet the changing needs of each of these groups.

Speaker Biographies:

Tamara Cagney has over 35 years in both the public and private sectors, in unionized and non-unionized settings.  She has been recognized has a thought leader from the begining of her career in providing services to the workplace.  Tamara is the immediate past presient of EAPA, Inc.  Tamara is the Director of the EA Program at Sandia National Laboratories in California.

Patrick Williams has over 20 years in EAP/ Worklife services and is the current Chair of the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)  Patrick is the US Clinical Director for LIfeWorks by Morneau Shepell.

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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

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Chapter Officers


Mike Webb, LCSW, CEAP

EAP WorkLife Services Contract Advisor, Chevron Corporation

Vice President

Currently seeking a new Vice President!


Douglas Edwards, MFT, CEAP

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

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