The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential counseling and referral service designed to help JPS team members resolve personal and work-related issues that may affect your job performance or quality of life. The EAP is available and free of charge to JPS team members and their immediate families. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call the EAP.
A licensed therapist is available 24/7. In-person appointments are also available during office hours. For support and guidance, call 817-702-1688.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
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Jeff Christie, Director
The EAP offers confidential and professional counseling under the leadership of Jeff Christie, CEAP, LCSW. Jeff is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified employee assistance professional who has devoted his career to providing high quality employee assistance programs for the benefit of employees and their families.
Jeff’s experience includes managing the EAPs for several Fortune 500 companies. He has also served as president of the two largest professional associations in his field: the Employee Assistance Roundtable and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Jeff has always had a deep interest in professional ethics.
Beyond providing numerous workshops and journal articles on the importance of ethics in EAP practice, he is a co-author of Ethical Dilemmas in Workplace Counseling: A Casebook.
Balancing your work and personal life is not always easy. Once in a while, we can all use a little help. With the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. Whether you are struggling with a personal issue or just need information on everyday topics that affect your life, the EAP is here for you.
Jackie Todd, LPC, NCC, CEAP
Jackie Todd combines extensive training in mindfulness, diagnostics, trauma and crisis intervention with her clinical experience in individual and group counseling. Jackie earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).
Short-term consultation and referral services are available for any challenges that you may face. Our counselors have the training and experience to assist team members and their families with a wide range of life issues. After initial assessment, you and the EAP counselor will discuss whether your needs are better addressed through short-term counseling or by referral to an appropriate specialist.
- Anxiety and stress
- Grief and loss
- Anger management
Marriage and Family
- Parenting and step-parenting
- Marital stress
- Separation and divorce
- Concern over personal use
- Concern over a loved one’s use
- Tobacco cessation
- Workplace conflicts
- Dealing with difficult people
- Change of income
- Time management
Services to Organizational Leaders
The JPS Employee Assistance Program provides consultation with, training of, and assistance to JPS leadership seeking to manage a troubled employee, enhance the work environment, and improve employee job performance. These offerings include the following stand-alone or integrated resources:
- Management consultation: use of an EAP clinician to offer behavioral science expertise in the formulation of a plan to address an employee behavioral problem.
- Management trainings: for example, the “Constructive Accountability” segment of Sprint for Success.
- Management referrals: This may begin with coaching a leader in the use of constructive confrontation to address the employee’s job performance problem. Once the referral is made, the EAP clinician provides the referring leader with information specific to the employee’s attendance and compliance with EAP recommendations.
The JPS Employee Assistance Professionals provide ongoing EAP specific trainings and EAP topical seminars. These services can be requested by a leader from any department. Topics may include, but not limited to, any of the following:
- Overview of EAP services
- Trauma Informed Care
- Work/Life Harmony
- Stress Management
- Workplace Violence
- Vicarious Trauma
- Conflict in the Workplace
The JPS EAP clinicians offer debriefings and support groups to those departments in need. This may be requested for the following reasons:
- Death of a beloved employee, employee family member, or patient
- Aftermath of a natural disaster
- Aftermath of an emotionally convoluted case that’s affecting the team
- Traumatizing event that has affected the team
Schwartz Rounds, which provides a special method of fostering emotional resilience in the workplace, is now embraced and practiced across more than 500 healthcare organizations. The purpose of Schwartz Rounds is to bring us together, on a regular basis, to talk about the difficult social, emotional, and spiritual issues we face daily in our work as caregivers. It is a chance to hear from, and share with, our colleagues, in a safe and confidential environment, our thoughts, our feelings, and experiences. And in doing so, to remind and refresh the compassion and caring that originally led us into our careers. Schwartz Rounds are different than the usual ones. They are not to problem-solve, analyze, or critique. We meet to share our experiences, to find support in our daily challenges, to foster teamwork, and ultimately to enhance the quality of care we provide our patients. The JPS Employee Assistance Program is one of several JPS functions that collaborate in the offering of Schwartz Rounds. Should you have a particular idea, theme, or question regarding Schwartz Rounds, please feel free to contact us at 817-702-1688
What can I expect if I contact the JPS EAP?
An experienced, professional EAP counselor will meet with you, either by phone or in person, conduct a confidential initial assessment and work with you to determine the best course of action to resolve your issue. Your counselor might provide a referral to a specialist if that is the best option for you.
Who is eligible?
The EAP is available and free of charge to JPS team members and their immediate families. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call the EAP.
Are EAP counselors qualified to help me?
EAP counselors are specially trained to help employees manage life’s challenges. They must hold a master’s degree or higher in psychology or social work, be licensed for independent practice, and have earned the designation of the Certified Employee Assistance Professional.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is critical for a successful EAP. An EAP counselor must adhere to the same strict measures of confidentiality as any mental health professional, including the state regulations and ethical codes that govern confidentiality. Appointments are kept confidential. Information is not included in personnel records, employee health records or EPIC, nor is it released to supervisors, coworkers, family or friends without your written permission. A few highly limited exceptions to confidentiality exist, such as when required by law or if there is a serious concern for harm to self or others.
What about cost?
All services provided directly by the EAP are free to you. If an EAP counselor recommends using an outside resource (practitioner, program or community agency), you will be provided with information about costs associated with those services, including information related to your medical plan coverage.
How do I access the EAP?
Call (817) 702-1688. You will have the option of speaking with an EAP counselor by phone or by an in-person appointment (your choice).
Why is JPS providing an EAP?
JPS knows our employees are our most important resource. When our employees face challenges or address important decisions, we want them to have extra assistance and support at hand.