Groundbreaking new global service offers employees the anonymity of EAP and the advantages of group therapy
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 22, 2016) – Employee assistance programs (EAP) have been a reliable source of emotional health support for decades – but the scope of service has usually been limited to individual counseling and one-on-one sessions. Today, Workplace Options, the leading global provider of integrated employee well-being services, is changing that adage with the introduction of a new Virtual Group Counseling option, now available to all of its 53 million members around the world.
The Virtual Group Counseling service gives employees who prefer or need the support of a group setting access to a safe, secure, and anonymous environment that offers both clinical oversight and useful social interaction. The service allows participants to share experiences with others facing similar situations in a group led by a trained and qualified Workplace Options counselor to provide clinical direction.
“There are a lot of situations and a lot of people who simply need the support of a group dynamic,” says Alan King, president of Workplace Options. “This service was created for them. The fact that we are offering it as a standard global service is a first for our industry, and we expect it to be incredibly successful.”
All participants in group sessions are pre-screened to ensure shared interests and goals. Though the participants may physically located anywhere in the world, the sessions take place via a telephone or virtual connection to facilitate live interaction.
“It’s an exciting concept,” King said. “Members of a given group may be located in different countries or time zones, but this service allows them to connect, talk to our counsellors, interact with each other, and get the enriching experience they need to improve their own well-being.”
All Virtual Group Counseling sessions are led by an accredited, experienced, and qualified mental health professional who is also an expert on the given subject. Groups are formed on an ongoing basis from individuals dealing with bereavement issues, anxiety, work-life adjustments, family situations, and many more emotional well-being topics.
“As an organization, our goal is to connect people with the support they need to stay well, solve their problems, or become better people or professionals,” King added. “If someone needs individual support, we want to provide that. If someone needs a group setting, we want to provide that, too. Whatever it takes to serve our members to the absolute best of our ability, that’s what we’re going to do.”
About Workplace Options
Workplace Options helps employees balance their work, family and personal needs to become healthier, happier and more productive people and professionals. The company’s physical, emotional, and practical well-being services provide information, resources, referrals and consultation on a variety of issues ranging from dependent care and stress management to counseling services and wellness coaching.
Workplace Options is the world’s largest integrated employee support services and work-life provider. Global service centers in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom support more than 53 million employees across more than 78,000 organizations in over 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit www.workplaceoptions.com.
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