President’s Message

Brian Hissom - President

Updated: November 8, 2021

Well, we are finally here!

We have planned, scheduled and look forward to in-person training! Many thanks to Vice President Adria Chambers and Jim Stratton on Education Committee for organizing our November 12, 2021 training to be inperson at The Blanchard Institute. Please make plans to join us for Neuroarchitecture of Family Systems, facilitated by Ward Blanchard, MFT, MBA, CCS, LCAS. I feel like this is a “family reunion” after being able to gather only virtually for the past 18 months. What a joy it will be to see you all, visit, learn and share… in the same room! Here is where you can get more info and register: Please were a mask and smile while in the training venue, unless eating / drinking, then do so with safe spacing.

The last 18 months have been challenging beyond our wildest imaginings. NC EAPA has come through, stronger in some ways, more challenged in others. We have learned how to provide training online, improved our registration processes, and learned to be very, very flexible in our planning and Board meetings. Sadly, we missed being together for Conference 2020 and 2021 but found ways to continue to deliver excellent continuing education content. Fortunately Conference Committee is planning for an in-person Conference for 2022. Watch for a “SAVE THE DATE” soon!

Challenges that we continue to face include building our membership, expanding our leadership and resuming in person business. It has been said that resuming life after pandemic restriction will be harder than shutting things down ever was. I have found that to definitely be the case in business activities and with the community organizations that I serve. It has been the case for NC EAPA too.

Here is how you can help. We have vacancies for the following Committee Chairs:
• Technology – Coordinates chapter online business, e.g. website updates, email campaigns, social media
• Diversity – Assists chapter in identifying education in areas of diversity, assists Board in expanding
membership by maintaining an open, welcoming environment to all.
• Bylaws – Serves as consultant to Board and organization on issues of governance.

If you can help your EAPA affiliate chapter by serving in any of these areas please email I will be very happy to talk with you more about the duties and rewards of service to our chapter. Also, if you have ideas about how your skills and talents can serve the chapter in other ways, please let me know! We are always looking for creative ways to help members serve.

Speaking of service… Finally, thank you, thank you Jim Stratton, for your energetic and creative assistance on the Education Committee and in your role as Diversity Chair! Jim’s assistance was critical to putting trainings together over the past years and delivering programs from his role as Diversity chair. Jim will sorely be missed. He is off on a new professional adventure in England for a year starting in December and so will not be able to continue in his roles with NC EAPA for now.

I look forward to hearing who is willing to help NC EAPA in the roles noted above, and in continuing to work closely with our Board of Directors and membership as we return to meeting in person, expand our online presence and services, and navigating in our new, different world.


Updated: July 23, 2020

Resources on Addressing Diversity
Inclusion in the Workplace

Fellow NC EAPAers!

This is a follow up to our commitment to provide resources as promised in our Social Justice statement. Please find resources below around addressing diversity and inclusion issues as well as related topics in the workplace. The information below is not an exhaustive list but, we hope is a great start in working with client companies to address these topics.

We hope it helps!
Stay Well & Sanitized!


Dr. Renee’ Evans
Your NC EAPA President

Diversity & Inclusion Consultants & Trainers

Institute for Anti-racism and Equity for Mental Health
Dr. Mazella Fuller
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Diversity & Inclusion/Leadership Development
Durham, North Carolina

Critical Perceptions
Daniel Edwards
Retired Law Enforcement Commander
Leadership Development/Diversity & Inclusion
Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Marvice Marcus
Licensed Psychologist
Diversity & Inclusion

Adaptive Challenge Consulting
Dr. Alan Mueller
Diversity & Inclusion/Leadership Development

Dr. Peggy Whiting
North Carolina Central University
Professor,& Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Grief & Loss

The majority of professionals listed above have conducted previous trainings for NC EAPA. This list is a resource list only. It does not in any way suggest a financial relationship with the above professionals. NC EAPA does not receive financial gain as a result of these professionals been contacted and secured by your company or entity. If interested in securing them for your organization, please reach out to them directly.  NC EAPA is not responsible for quality of services or services rendered by either entity.


Pwc has done great work. They have resources and guidance for businesses who want to support inclusive excellence:

This article discusses the hard labor intensive work of CDOs:

Resources as provided by: Winthrop University’s Office of Diversity & Student Engagement:

Race & Equity Resources for Professionals Working in Public Education & When Working with Children and Adolescents:

SHRM Resources:

Training on working with LGBTQ clients:

National Association of Social Work Resources:

Institute on Race, Equity, & Human Rights:

Teaching Tolerance:

Trainings on Racial Equity:

Great Resources by Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina:

Restructuring Your Organization:

Study Guide for Children:

Yale University Talk:

US Department of Labor:

Updated: April 10, 2020

Dear NC EAPA Family,

This is an unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We, as a world, have been impacted in our professional and personal lives. Because our stamina is being challenged in varied ways, it is easy to experience frustration, hopelessness, compassion fatigue, and loneliness. I want you to know that NC EAPA is here for you as your professional association. I’m hoping that as fellow EA professionals that you too are taking good care of yourselves as you work to take care of everyone else!  As you continue to take care of others, let us take care of you by sharing these valuable resources below.

Please note that many professional associations are offering regular discussions for members to discuss updates regarding COVID-19 and resources for self-care and client care:

International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, as of April 8, 2020, is offering “Employee Assistance Conversations” every Wednesday at 12noon until further notice:

North Carolina Counseling Association is offering Open Forum Discussions in the wake of the pandemic to members:

Robert Douglas and Associates

SAMSHA Compassion Fatigue Article:

Very Good Resource for Young Children:

I know some of you are concerned about continuing education credit. Please note upcoming conferences/webinars below:


American Counseling Association Webinars

American Counseling Association (free CEU)

American Psychological Association

International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals

International Employee Assistance Professionals Association

North Carolina Psychological Association

North Carolina Society of Clinical Social Work

Please be on the lookout for NC EAPA’s annual conference in 2021 in coming months!

Be Well & Stay Sanitized.

Your NC EAPA President,


Dr. Renee’ Evans