April 12 Chapter Meeting

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Questions? Please contact Tricia 312-756-7756 or NIEAPA@Corpevent.com


Frank Wagner, LCSW

Use of Narrative in EAP
Assessment and Treatment

Frank Wagner is a clinical social worker, clinical supervisor and graduate school faculty member.  Frank’s practice includes both short and long-term modalities, with extensive experience in Employee Assistance assessment, treatment and referral.  Areas of interest and specialization include helping couples work through adverse life events, navigating personal issues as they affect the workplace, as well as the problems of older adults and their families.  Frank is the father of a high school senior and a former Jesuit interested in the integration of faith and psychology.            

Program Description: 
Narrative is best understood not as a theory of treatment but as a heuristic: a lens to understand and evaluate observations. Clients come to EAP first to understand aspects of their lives that have bothered them and second to seek solutions.

This will be a lecture, supplemented by a hand-out of additional resources. The lecture outline follows:

I. Special challenges in time-limited EAP assessment

II. The narrative heuristic

III. How the use of narrative is especially suited to EAP assessment

IV. The compatibility between the narrative heuristic and the solution focus

V. Application of narrative to a substance-use assessment, with a case example

VI. Application to a workplace conflict, with case a example

V. Application of narrative to a parenting problem, with a case example

VI. Summary and recommendations for further reading

VII. Questions


  • Understand the narrative heuristic 
  • Understand the value of narrative in EAP assessment and interventions 
  • Apply the narrative heuristic in crisis response 
  • Apply the narrative heuristic to common EAP presentations


8:30-9:00 am:         Networking
9:00-9:45 am:         Business Meeting
9:45-10:00 am:       15 Minute Break
10:00-12:00 pm: Program
12:15pm:                Optional Networking Lunch** 

CEU Certificates given out upon completion of the program.

Location Host & Food Sponsor:

Location:  Keys to Recovery 100 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016  

Meeting Room: Auditorium

Parking Information - 
Networking Lunch -  Omega Restaurant - 9100 Golf Rd., Niles  (about a six minute drive east on Golf). https://www.omeganiles.com/                                

**Networking Lunch is optional and each attendee is responsible for their own meal.

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