One Day Course on Employee and Family Assistance Program

January 26, 2010


Employee and Family Assistance Program (Drug, Alcohol, and other dependencies)

This is a course that all workplace and local union leadership should take as well as local union EFAP representatives and interested members.

The course introduces the issues and needs that CAW EFAP programs address from alcohol and substance abuse to other questions where members or their families may need referral to professional counseling.

Participants are look at various situations and discuss why the issues they raise are union issues. The various theories of addictions are explored. Case studies help the class see which theories best explain certain situations. There is one theory of addiction the CAW categorically rejects. The class identifies the principles (best practices), actions, and the resources we need to achieve recovery for co- workers and families who need our help.

The class tries out and discusses active listening strategies so essential to successful union programs. The class discusses what enabling is and the better choices.

Participants learn about the duty to accommodate as it applies to workers with dependency issues, the value of early intervention, and the rights and duties that apply to the employer, the union, and the individual worker.

Members find out what they can do to help build the program or become an EFAP representative. Participants hear AA's 12 step program and the 13 Affirmations of the New Life Acceptance Program of Women for Sobriety. The class ends the day by identifying the many things unions and peer support movements have in common.

This and other CAW non-residential courses are given at area schools (see Schedule of Education Programs at Education on the CAW home page) or as a request from your CAW Local Union. To find out more about how to register for to make a local union request email educate@caw.ca or ask for CAW Education at 1-800-268-5763.