The Institute is open to all people as loss and grief is a human experience and doesn’t discriminate. Similarly, this program enables Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff the choice of accessing a culturally appropriate counselling service that specialises in a loss and grief that is culturally sensitive and appropriate.
The objectives of the Employees Assistant Program:
Reduce the levels of distress among employees.
Reduce the numbers of stress-related physical illnesses.
Maintain positive mental health in the workplace.
Improve theoverall work performance.
Improve the general health and welfare of employees and their colleagues.
Reduce the level of distress within families.
Organisations are recognising that there may be occasions when an employee's work performance can be affected by problems experienced in their professional working life or their personal and family life.
They also recognise the benefits in providing a professional and strictly confidential free counselling service for employees (and families).
It means the employees are assisted in resolving any work related or personal problems, which in turn enables them to remain in their workplace and/or return to work as soon as possible to their normal level of functioning in the workplace.
These outcomes will make individuals’ working lives and work environments more rewarding and fulfilling, with the added benefit of promoting greater retention in the workplace.
The Australian Institute for Loss and Grief currently provide an E.A.P program to a number of SA government, non-government and national organisations: