The Worker Referral Assistance Program will now be offered through the PEL program at the Unifor Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. This course is open to participants from all Unifor Local Unions.
This course is for Employee & Family Assistance or Substance Abuse Representatives or new peer referral agents who have not yet had the opportunity to take part in the CLC Labour Community Advocate (previously Union Counselling) course in their communities. This is a course designed by the Canadian Labour Congress and delivered by United Way Labour Programs and Services staff.
Level one is part of a three level program. Those who graduate from Level one can apply to take Level 2 in Port Elgin, or are encouraged to contact their labour council for information about Labour Programs and Services in their community and the availability of levels two and three.
In level one, participants will discuss:
- Unions and communities working together;
- Your community services;
- Principles of communication;
- Interviewing and referral skills;
- Implementing/strengthening employee and family assistance program in the local union;
- Addiction and dependency;
- Loss and grief.
A module on screening and assessment which was jointly developed with Unifor will be included in the Level One course delivered at Port Elgin.
Workers and their family members have been hit hard by the economic crisis, causing a deep sense of loss, increasing stress, and increasing susceptibility to addictions and other dependency disorders (e.g. compulsive gambling). Unifor Employee and Family Assistance and Substance Abuse Representatives are the referral agents or liaisons to community resources that can help members experiencing such problems access the services they need while protecting their confidentiality.
For further information contact Mike Byrne, Unifor staff liaison, to the EFAP Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.