Sometimes semantics can mean a LOT. This month's cover story by Debbie Jongkind is a case in point. If you were to tell a co-worker "I'm seeing a counselor", what might be the reaction? To some, it may not be a big deal at all. Yet others who know next to nothing about such matters might envision you lying on a sofa, with the lights dimmed, and perhaps being shown the Rorschach inkblot test.
But tell this same person you have an appointment with your "life coach" and the reaction could be entirely different. While this example might be a tad extreme, the point is that "coaching" may be seen more positively, and more importantly, there are differences and similarities between "coaching" and "counseling" that work well together.
"Life coaching may provide a lower barrier to entry for EAP support, allowing the EAP to serve a greater percentage of employees," Jongkind writes. "This could, in turn, serve as a bridge for employees to access other services provided by their EAP. For example, when a coach recognizes a client needs clinical support, the coach can facilitate the transition to a counselor."
Debbie's piece does an excellent job covering this issue. Perhaps it's something your EAP might consider adding to its suite of services.
Elsewhere this issue, the way our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, Employee Assistance Report (EAR) has been examining the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 on the workplace. With that in mind, we recognize that EAP practitioners are likely more stressed than ever. As a result, for those of you who may have missed it, we again present an important quiz on compassion fatigue and burnout in this month's EAR. As the saying goes, it's difficult to help others when you need help yourself first.
Finally, EAR is at a crossroads whether we will be able to continuing publishing in 2021, so I hope you will read the note on page 4 and consider assisting in some way. Call or email me anytime!
Thank you for your support.
Mike Jacquart, Editor