reception@themindspace.com.au

PO Box 112

MONA VALE 1660

p  02 8208 5958

f  02 8072 2130

Suite 43

90 Mona Vale Road

WARRIEWOOD  2102

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themindspace
Employee Assistance Program

Mental Health in the Workplace

 

With 31% of employee performance problems due to personal or relationship issues, managing mental health in the workplace is becoming increasingly important.  In addition to this, stress has been identified as the biggest cause of workplace absence, and non-work related stress, anxiety and depression are the most common causes of long-term absence.

 

It has also been found that:

 

  • An estimated 1 in 5 working-age Australian will experience a mental illness at some stage in their life.

 

  • Each employee with untreated depression will cost their organisation an estimated $9,660 per year.

 

  • Managing mental health in the workplace is recognised as a key component of business risk-management strategy.

 

 

Themindspace EAP program overview

 

Our EAP program has been developed under the following principles:

themindspace EAP Modules

themindspace EAP is structured into modules in order to provide a higher level of flexibility for organisations.  This enables an organisations leaders to decide which modules will best meet the needs of their community.

Flexibility

We are focused on providing flexible EAP solutions for organisations with specific needs.  We recognise that not all work environments are the same and, therefore, there is not one single EAP model that can meet the demands of all organisations.  By using a modular and customizable approach to the provision of EAP services we can focus on ensuring that the provided service is designed to meet the unique demands of your organisation.  Although we specialise in meeting the needs of schools, if we do not have a service that meets the specific needs of your school, we are open to engaging in dialogue and developing new tailored services.

Understanding

Our management team have a particular passion for working with schools, having previously worked within a variety of educational settings, as well as having significant experiences with providing psychological and educational services to a number of organisations.  This enables us to understand the experience of staff working in schools, being sensitive to the unique demands that come with working in educational settings.

Community

We believe in the value of building healthy and effective communities, and therefore the need to be prepared to invest in community relationships.  For this reason, we are dedicated to being a ‘niche’ EAP provider so that we are able to partner with school communities, learning about the community, and ensuring we are providing relevant and productive services.

General Counselling Module

(Core Module)

 

The General Counselling Module can be provided on an annual fee basis or on an as-needed basis.  The Module allows for staff (permanent part-time and full-time) and their immediate family to access an initial 3 sessions with a psychologist, the session fee being covered by the school.  Any ongoing sessions are provided at a reduced fee which is covered by the staff-member unless negotiated with the school EAP coordinator.

Critical Incident Consultation

When a highly stressful or life-threatening event occurs within a school community it is reassuring to have access to experienced clinicians and consultants who are able to support the existing welfare staff and structures within the school, ensuring that evidence-based processes are being implemented.  Consultants within themindspace EAP are experienced at consulting with schools on a variety of challenging and significant events.

Management and Leadership Supervision

Leadership roles within schools can often place significant stress and pressure on those in the positions of leadership as they work to support students, families, and staff, while also being involved in strategic decision-making processes.  Traditionally supervision within schools has been an ‘internal process’ with a general focus on the tasks associated with leadership as opposed to a broader approach to supervision that focuses on the development of the individual person. 

 

Themindspace EAP has been providing professional supervision to leaders within many secular and faith-based organisations, being able to draw on experience as registered supervisors with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and being able to incorporate strengths-based positive-psychology approaches to leadership development.

Employee Screening for Senior Leadership Roles

There is an increasing body of research identifying the importance of establishing a healthy ‘fit’ between staff, their community, and their role within their community.  The cost to a community resulting from a poor fit is significant.  Employee screening with themindspace provides school boards and decision-making groups with psychological data about prospective staff, aiding in the selection process and helping to reduce poor fit.  The employee screening process involves:

 

  • A formal interview and completion of standardised psychological profiling with a focus on personality, leadership skills, strengths and weaknesses.

 

  • The completion of a written psychological report and provision of this report to decision-making groups as well as the attendance of the assessor at a relevant meeting in order to present the report/s and discuss the findings.

Training and Development Seminars

Themindspace EAP is able to provide training and development seminars for school staff.  Our presenters are frequently requested by organisations to present seminars on a variety of topics specifically customised to meet the organisations needs.  The following seminars are currently available:

 

  • Well-Being (60-minute seminar focused on enhancing well-being in staff)

 

  • What is wrong with this child? (90-minute seminar focusing on learning disorders and mental health difficulties in children, helping staff to identify children with possible difficulties and providing a framework for helping to access evidence-based support)

As a niche EAP provider themindspace is focused on

delivering customised EAP solutions that are guided by the values of:

 

flexibility

understanding

and community. 

 

As such, we would welcome the opportunity to engage in discussions about specific areas of need or EAP requirements for your community.