2019 Institute
May 8-10, 2019
The Royal Sonesta,
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

EASNA invites you to join leaders of the EAP field in shaping the evolving world of employee assistance at Institute 31.

This year’s theme is “EAP – Business Solutions to the Human Condition” and speaks to the critical need for Employee Assistance Programs(EAPs) and the role they play helping individuals, families, and companies through life’s inevitable challenges.

When you register for this year’s Institute, your registration fee includes all of the education sessions, most meals, the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday evening, and a dinner Thursday evening!

As the employee assistance industry’s trade association, EASNA advances the competitive excellence of its members by fostering best practices, research, education, and advocacy in behavioral health and wellness that impacts workplace performance.

Institute Location

A timeless city with a unique way of life, New Orleans is a journey and a celebration. Steeped in European traditions and Caribbean influences, the Big Easy calls curious minds to sweet sounds and savory aromas fueled by 300 hundred years of history. It is a picturesque metropolitan city…a culturally rich haven…a sensory overload and an authentic experience. New Orleans beckons the ears, allures the eyes and enchants the hearts of all who wish to explore it. We believe that our lagniappe – a little something extra – will stay with you, calling you back to discover the mystery behind our magical city.
©New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau


The Royal Sonesta
300 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 1-(504)-586-0300

Take in the heart and soul of Louisiana from one of the finest Bourbon Street New Orleans hotels. Jazzed up and newly reimagined, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Royal Sonesta New Orleans effortlessly combines timeless elegance and southern refinement, setting itself apart from other French Quarter hotels. Traditional gabled windows, rich colors and linens accented with fresh flowers, wrought-iron balconies, and a lush courtyard create an experience unlike any other.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the best of the Big Easy all under one roof. The hotel is home to several dining and entertainment venues, where you can take in the local flavors from Cajun and Creole at Restaurant R’evolution to coffee at PJ’s Cafe and fresh seafood at Desire Oyster Bar. Hit our club The Jazz Playhouse, voted best for hotels on Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA. Or unwind with a cocktail at Le Booze, one of our five bars.
©Royal Sonesta


The closest airport to The Royal Sonesta is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The Royal Sonesta is 16 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.View directions here.

Find more transportation information here.

Sponsor and Exhibit

Connect with more than 100 leaders and decision makers in the field of workplace and family wellness, employee benefits and organization development. Download the 2019 Institute Sponsor and Exhibitor Guide.

Why Attend

EASNA’s Institute brings together a diverse set of exemplary industry experts, EAPs, mental health professionals, and employer representatives all dedicated to creating healthier, productive workplaces. Educational sessions are led by leading experts sharing the latest research, best practices, and case studies about what works, trends, and hot topics in the field. Your registration fee covers all of the educational sessions, most meals, the welcome reception, entrance to the exhibit hall, and special evening out. The event begins with Wednesday afternoon educational sessions, followed by a welcome reception and concludes mid-afternoon on Friday.

Advance Brochure

Who Should Attend

  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Human resource practitioners
  • Health educators
  • Occupational health and safety professionals
  • Labor educators
  • Organizational development experts
  • Researchers and public policy makers
  • Union leaders
  • Personnel directors
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Substance abuse professionals
  • Management consultants
  • Risk managers
  • Benefits and insurance managers
  • Health promotion and wellness managers and consultants

Connect with Industry Experts at Institute 31

French Quarter Walking Tour

Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 am – 8:00 am CST

The French Quarter is the city’s historic heart, famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Crowd-pleasing Bourbon Street features jazz clubs, Cajun eateries and raucous bars serving potent cocktails. Quieter streets lead to the French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and to Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of soaring St. Louis Cathedral.

A must see for every visitor to New Orleans is a walking tour of the famous French Quarter. The original French and Spanish influence on this centuries-old city are evidenced by beautiful and unique architecture. You’ll see famous landmarks such as The Pontalba buildings and The Saint Louis Cathedral, flanked by The Cabildo and Presbytère and Jackson Square with its old-world flavor and colorful art colony.

Enjoy viewing iron-laced balconies, romantic patios, and quaint antique shops, providing the South’s finest selection of European and American antiques. The last stop of the walking tour will be a  breakfast of café au lait laced with chicory and a plate of sweet beignets from Café du Monde.

Registration for the Walking Tour – $35.

Experience the Flavor of New Orleans

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 pm

The evening will start with savory New Orleans food, followed by a private cooking demonstration to create the perfect New Orleans dinner at the New Orleans School of Cooking!  Since 1980, The New Orleans School of Cooking has introduced countless visitors from around the world to the wonderful food and rich culture of New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole. We teach the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you’ll never forget. Fun is a primary ingredient in our kitchen! Our Cajun / Creole experts can teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales! If you want to try your hand at cooking, some lucky guests will have an opportunity to participate in creating the dinner.

As the evening winds down, guests will be able to visit the Louisiana General Store which includes a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products, used and loved by our family of New Orleans School of Cooking chefs. You will experience the Vieux Carre’ of long ago with the authentic cuisine and outstanding service for which the New Orleans School of Cooking is known for.