Dr. Dale A. Masi
Ph.D., LCSW-C, CEAP
The University of Maryland’s Employee Assistance Digital Archive is a unique repository of EAP literature. Five years ago, Dr. Jodi Frey and Dr. Patricia Herlihy originated the idea of a single location for relevant, historical, and important EAP literature. Since that time, the Archive has grown to include books, articles, videos, and a vast collection of documents from the EAP field. Students, as well as contemporary EAP authors, use the Archive as a valuable resource. The Archive is housed on the University of Maryland’s Library website. This institutional imprimatur by the prestigious University of Maryland gives the Archive an even higher profile. Most important, the Archive is free and open to everyone. I recommend to all of my U.S. and international students that I teach in my on-line EAP certification course at the University of Maryland that they access the Archives for research and general learning purposes. For future generations, this Archive will continue to increase in value as a historical reference as well as serve as a host for current EAP.
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The rising globalization of EAPs has seen their spread from western cultures to non-western cultures. Whilst a range of EAP studies have been conducted and are well documented and accessible, these have predominantly been in western as opposed to non-western cultures. As a Kenyan EAP counsellor, an EAPA professional member, a Professional Doctorate in Counseling student of the University of Manchester, whose thesis is on EAP counsellors in Kenya, and as the President of the relatively new EAPA-Kenya, the EA Archive at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work comes is valuable to my professional EAP work and studies. It is a rich hub of EAP learning resources where EAP professionals, researchers and other stakeholders can access and share EAP information including history, trends, research, successes, challenges, services, training and practices that contribute to the growth of the EAP field globally. The EA Archive is doing great work and will continue to grow internationally.
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Dr. Chris Knoepke
The EAP world is one which is always ripe for innovation, and there are absolutely practitioners and scientists out there who are innovating. Longstanding challenges to this innovation, including not only those which affect organizational development and mental health more broadly, but also ones which are specific to EA, need to be addressed to foster the growth of our field. The University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work has taken the brave step to create and curate the EA Archives, which should overcome many of these barriers. By having a consistent, reliable, and well-documented living resource, EA practitioners and scholars know there is somewhere to go to learn about both the history and future of the profession.
As the EAP field evolves and grows to meet the challenges of the world-wide 21st century work forces; program administrators, practitioners and researchers increasingly require archival resources to learn of the variety of models across cultures and consumers. So too, do policy makers and consumers. Archives are also essential for the development of robust and accurate academic and technical literature. The University of Maryland has stepped up to the challenge. I am pleased to recommend the support and utilization of the University of Maryland EA Archive.
Dr. Gary DeFraia