Who can benefit from EAP/L?A brief summary
EAP/L has been successfully used with individuals of all ages, family groups, corporate teams, in prisons, and in schools. Research supports EAP/L as a valid method to learn about and understand personal emotions, develop empathy and a sense of responsibility, increase problem solving skills, trust, boundary setting, and group cohesion.
EAP/L addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioural issues, developmental and neurological disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and communication needs. For example, a study of 164 at-risk children and adolescents who participated in 12 EAP/L sessions, found significant improvements in 17 behaviour areas including social stress, self esteem, hyperactivity, conduct problems and aggression.
In some cases, patients who have been resistant to traditional treatments have had significant therapeutic breakthroughs after attending EAP/L sessions. For example, a 26 year old woman with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa for over 10 years, was admitted to a clinic for 60 days. During this time she participated in individual therapy, group therapy and art therapy twice a week as well as body image therapy on a weekly basis. It was also recommended that she participate in EAP/L sessions. After engaging in the EAP/L sessions the client realised that she needed to take responsibility for her recovery and was soon in control of her illness. (Christian, 2005).
It is possible that EAP/L can reach clients where traditional therapy cannot. Both EAP and EAL are powerful and effective approaches that have a lasting impact on individuals, young people, families and groups.