Human Development and Family Studies
Section II | Employee Assistance
Nature of the Job
Employee assistance programs emphasize preventive education, treatment, and referral for employee problems. Many focus on counseling and other types of treatment for chemical dependency. This is a growing area; employers are finding it in the best interests of the company to provide these services for their employees. Programs also may provide assistance in the areas of family counseling, locating child care, and other problems that arise for employees and their families. Employee assistance programs often are a component of personnel/human resources departments.
Where You Might Work
Large corporations, public and private agencies, and educational institutions usually have in-house employee assistance programs. Job settings where chemical dependency and related problems pose a serious risk to others such as within the airline industry, are especially likely to devote considerable resources to assistance programs. You might also work for companies that specialize in providing employee assistance services on a contract basis.
Suggested Areas for Minor/Collateral:
- Substance Abuse Studies Minor
Suggested Internship Sites for HDFS 4314:
Check with hospitals, larger corporations, TTU Office of Employee Assistance, for possibilities.
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