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Catholic University to offer employee assistance online educational program

December 6, 2010
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Washington, D.C. — As of Dec. 1, Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) began enrolling students for its new Employee Assistance Online Educational Program, the first such Web course offered by a U.S. school of social work.

Designed by Dale Masi, Ph.D.,C.E.A.P., one of the leading international experts in employee assistance programs (EAP), the CUA program will be available to students worldwide beginning April 2011. More information and online registration can be accessed at http://eap.cua.edu.

The program was designed by Masi, resident scholar at NCSSS, and professor emeritus, University of Maryland, where she directed the EAP specialization in the Master in Social Work program for more than 20 years. Masi, who earned her doctorate from NCSSS, is the author of 14 books on EAPs, and president/CEO of MASI Research Consultants. She has been a leader in the EAP field for more than 25 years.

“To me, this is a perfect opportunity for us to join in the presentation of a premier program in EAP,” says James R. Zabora, dean of the social work school. “I believe that this program, in conjunction with the expertise of our faculty, will truly create a significant contribution to employee assistance programs on a global scale.”

Masi notes that “the partnership between Catholic University’s social work school and MASI Research Consultants is an ideal combination that will bring a unique education program to many EAP staffs and affiliates around the world. Training for EAP practitioners is badly needed. So we’re proud to partner in this endeavor with Catholic University, which enjoys an outstanding reputation for scholarly excellence.”

Students can register for up to four four-week courses. They will earn 24 professional development hours per course for a total of 96 PDHs (for which Catholic University will apply) and 24 social work continuing education units per course for a total of 96 CEUs. Students who complete all four courses will receive a Professional Education Certificate in Employee Assistance Programs.

Masi will teach the first month-long course, titled “EAPs in the New Millennium,” beginning on April 1, 2011. The remaining courses, which will be offered in May, June, and July 2011, include:

• “Contemporary EAP Services”
• “Advanced EAP Clinical Service Delivery: From Mental Health and Addictions”
• “Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of EAPs”

Each class is limited to 25 students. Tuition is $500 per course. Students who register in advance for all four courses pay a discounted fee of $1,750. Special corporate rates for group registrations are available. For more information on the corporate rates, e-mail CUA-eap@cua.edu.

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