THE UWSP EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The UWSP Counseling Center values
the wellness of all UWSP community members, including employees. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) allows
any UWSP employee to receive a free, confidential consultation with a
mental health professional about a worrisome issue.
A consultation with the EAP Coordinator is free
of charge to all employees. If it is determined that ongoing psychotherapy visits
are called for, the EAP Coordinator will refer you to community providers that
are appropriate to give assistance for your concerns. Though these
services might have costs involved, your personal finances will be considered
when you are offered referral options. Counseling Center staff can work
to connect you to providers inside of your insurance network. If you have
questions about your insurance coverage, staff from the personnel office or
your insurance provider can often clarify the benefits available under your
All information discussed during
the EAP consultation is not disclosed to outsiders. Exceptions to this include when you have
consented to the disclosure in writing, a court orders the disclosure, or the
safety of you or somebody else is in immediate danger. Information gained from the consultation does
not become part of your personnel file and will not influence personnel
decisions, unless you request in writing that this information be disclosed in
this way. If you have questions about
confidentiality, any Counseling Center provider can describe your rights in
There are times when a supervisor
may direct you to contact the EAP through a formal referral process and may require
verification of your attendance. When
this occurs, the EAP program will only verify whether or not you attended the
appointment and will not disclose any specific information discussed or
disclosed during the appointment.
ACCESSING THE EAP
You may recognize the need for some assistance and seek out the EAP on your own.
Simply make an appointment at the Counseling Center with the EAP Coordinator or
another staff member assess concerns and gather appropriate
Referral: When you notice an employee's job performance has decreased, you as a
supervisor will likely meet with the employee to evaluate his/her job
performance. A possible recommendation to improve the employee's job
performance might include contacting the EAP for assistance. Participation in
the program, however, is VOLUNTARY. Supervisors are also welcome to contact the
EAP for consultations regarding supervisee behavior.
Referral: As a colleague, you may interact with university employees that are
struggling with personal and professional stressors. You are welcome to contact
the EAP Coordinator to consult about assisting colleagues in distress. EAP
professionals, however, will not make initial contact with the colleague in
ISSUES & NEEDS THAT ARE BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE EAP
- Organizational conflicts within
- Conflict resolution &
- Psychological assessments such as
ADHD, Learning Disability or Alcohol/Drug Assessments.
- Policy or employment
recommendations in response to worrisome employee behavior.
- Ongoing psychotherapy with
To Schedule a consultation,
Kelsey Richmond, Psy.D., L.P.
UWSP Counseling Center