Employee Assistance Program

The University of Northern Colorado recognizes that its employees are its most important resource.  Providing care for your most valuable resource makes sense, and it is the right thing to do.  Research has shown that when people are happier, they are more creative and more productive in their personal and work lives.  Therefore, the University only stands to gain if you are happier and functioning at your best.

EAP services are available to all UNC faculty, staff, and their household members.  Services include confidential counseling or an assessment and referral to the most appropriate community resource. Services are free to employees and are funded by the Department of Human Resources.  After the initial appointment, there are several possible options.  If it is determined that the individual(s) seeking therapy are appropriate for our EAP, they are eligible to receive up to ten (10) free sessions each year (for purposes of providing services, the year runs from July 1 through June30).

EAP services are provided by the licensed, professional staff of the UNC Counseling Center, and are funded by the Department of Human Resources. Information shared with the EAP is kept strictly confidential and can only be divulged with your written permission.  A few exceptions, defined by law, will be explained at the initial appointment.

Voluntary attendance for counseling at the EAP is completely confidential, with some legally mandated exceptions, and it is free! All of your information is protected, and nothing will appear in your personnel file. Feel free to discuss these issues with your EAP counselor if you have questions. Supervisors may consult the EAP when questions arise about helping an employee they are concerned about, or an employee whose productivity has dropped below an acceptable level.  Supervisors may refer an employee for an EAP assessment and counseling informally out of concern, or formally as part of a corrective action plan.  If EAP attendance is formally required, some of your information will not remain confidential.  Typically, this is information about your attendance.  Your EAP counselor can explain these exceptions to you.

 Reasons people use the EAP:

  • Difficulties managing stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Conflict with a supervisor or coworker
  • Conflict within yourself
  • Feeling overwhelmed by change
  • Anger control issues
  • An alcohol or drug problem within yourself, a significant other, or a coworker
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Grief and loss
  • Depression
  • “New faculty blues”
  • Lack of support by family, friends or  coworkers
  • Anything that is affecting your work performance or reducing your motivation to go to work

For more information about your EAP counseling benefit or to schedule an appointment with one of our professional therapists, please call the UNC Counseling Center at (970) 351-2496. The location is conveniently located on campus in Cassidy Hall. View more information on EAP services or the counseling Center.