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This year, the city of Cape Town will play host to the 14th annual Employee Assistance ProfessionalsAssociation of South Africa (EAPA-SA) conference to be held from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 September 2012 at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.

The theme for this years conference is New Horizons, with both local and international speakers presenting on topics such as Managing EAP in the Growing Economy and Handling Depression in the Workplace. This years guest speaker is leading international mental health professional Paul Yin, who will be discussing how companies should deal with the impact of economic changes, using China as a case study.

The EAPA-SA is a branch of EAPA International and specialises in the development and networking of practitioners in the Employee Assistance, Health and Wellness fields.

EAPA-SA, provides leadership to employee assistance professionals, in promoting the national and regional growth and development of EAPs in both the public and private sector workplaces in South Africa. EAPA International represents more than 3500 individuals and organisations with an interest in employee assistance across 40 countries.

EAPA-SAs annual national conference is one of the highlights of the professional calendar and is essential for all in the EAP and wellness industry to attend. Feedback from delegates regarding past conferences has endorsed an enriching and professional experience not only for EAP professionals in direct EAP and wellness practice, but also for exhibitors and sponsors attending this major event.

Our theme this year explores the landscape of South African EAPs changing and new developments and partnerships. We will explore the old and the new elements as well as create a space for ideas, interaction and debate so that EAP always remains responsive to the changing workplace, says Tshifhiwa Mamaila, EAPA-SA President.

This years three-day conference expects over 300 Employee Assistance and wellness professionals, service providers and industry experts from all over the country to attend this increasingly growing and relevant event.

International and local speakers will discuss the Role of Hypnotherapy in Employee Wellness; Traditional healers and Wellness; National Health Insurance The Impact on EAP; E-counselling; Substance abuse- matrix management and drug testing legalities; DPSA EHW management systems: monitoring and readiness tools; EQ: Emotional Intelligence Killer Bosses; Sport and Recreation as part of Employee wellness; Integration data management system in managing Wellness programmes; Embedded EAP (EAPs within medical Aid/Concierge/Insurance); and Integrated Health management system in dealing with incapacity.

Renowned US speakers Dee Anna Merz Nagal and Kate Anthony will be hosting a webinar on Online Therapy. This will allow guests at the conference to attend these discussions in the virtual environment by providing a chat room for questions and answers.

“The toolswe use that work wellshould always be reviewed and we should explore new anddifferent ways of serving our clients. We can either keep up or fall behind, comments Mamaila.

The EAPA-SA president believes that it is this attitude that keeps the local organisation on the cutting edge of its fields; and that this conference; set in the picturesque NH The Lord Charles Hotel in the Western Cape; gives EAPs an opportunity to tap into their creativity, test their vision and push boundaries in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

For further information visit www.eapasa.co.za. For delegate bookings, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities contact Nicole Rollings at Enov8 Event Management. Call 021790 7549 or email eapasa@enov8.co.za

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