EASNA Issues Call for Presentations for 2017 Institute

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March 24, 2017—The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) EASNA, the Employee Assistance Society of North America, is seeking creative presentations that will deliver interactive and advanced-level sessions for Industry leaders, consultants/benefit advisors and organizations that purchase EAP and health benefits. Selected presentations will be support the Institute theme, Think EAP: Risk, Disability, and Safety at Work, and will demonstrate best practices and leadership trends in workplace mental health and well-being. This year, EASNA will offer a mix of seven sessions, including shorter (15-minute), dynamic sessions in the form of rapid fire presentations.

Following is the schedule for the call for presentations:

  • October 1, 2016, deadline for submissions
  • December 15, 2016, submitters notified whether they have been selected
  • January 5, 2017, Institute schedule announced

Details and the submission form are available from this page on the EASNA website: https://easna.org/conferences/easna-institute-call-for-presenters/.

All sessions except the rapid fire sessions ought to include some method of participant interaction. We expect presenters to create a lively, provocative, and engaging experience.

Interactivity may be achieved several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Pose a question or challenge or idea to the participants and discuss as a whole group
  • Pose a question or challenge or idea for participants to discuss in small groups, and then share with the whole group
  • Have participants complete a brief questionnaire at some point prior to the session, or as they arrive, and review during the session

We anticipate the 2017 Institute to be comprised of the following session formats:

  • Three 90-minute sessions
  • Three 75-minute sessions
  • Four 15-minute rapid fire sessions

We will provide a slate of presentations that offers excellent variety. To meet that goal, we encourage proposals that are mindful of any/all of the following components:

  • Creative use of media
  • Employer representation
  • Panels of sufficient size to allow equitable sharing by all panelists
  • Real-life/workplace experience
  • Global perspective
  • Something no one has ever thought of/done before

Some preferred topics of interest for the 2017 Institute include the following:

  • Legalized drugs – risk, safety and workplace impact
  • Preserving the professional in a time of evolving need
  • Risk management
  • Strategic plans to improve mental wellness, manage costs and risks of mental illness
  • Addressing the rising claims and costs of mental illness disability
  • Why mental health at work matters
  • Mindfulness and the workplace
  • Developing the EAP Leader
  • New ideas for employee engagement
  • Workplace wellness across the multigenerational workforce


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