San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

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To Promote Employee Assistance Programs as an effective means of enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, and to facilitate the professional identification of Chapter members and the development of quality Employee Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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November 14, 2023

Amanda Saoit, LCSW-S


Working with Veterans in the Short-Term, Solution Focused Setting


This purpose presentation is to discuss the unique characteristics of Veterans, the potential clinical issues faced in their day-to-day life, and strategies that clinicians can implement if they knowingly have a Veteran present for EAP and/or clinical services.

Presentation Schedule:

11:30am-12:00pm - Networking


Welcome and Introduction


Virtual Safety Briefing, ground rules, getting to know you


Overview of Veterans


Special Topics related to Veterans


Resources for Veterans and EAP Providers

1:15pm - 1:30pm

Q & A and Closing Remarks


  1. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to describe the basic definition of the term 'Veteran'
  2. By the end of the presentation participants will have a basic understanding of 5 special topics related to the treatment of Veterans and their families
  3. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to describe short term modalities that can be used with Veterans in the EAP setting


  1. Participants will be able to identity (3) strategies they can put into practice when working with Veterans and/or their family members
  2. Participants will be able to identify (3) specific resources they can give to clinets who identify as Veterans in the EAP and/or clinical setting


Amanda Saoit is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of experience helping youth, adults and

families overcome a variety of challenges, including trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, and major life

transitions. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive-behavioral therapy

(CBT) for substance use disorders. Amanda has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics,

the Texas prison system, drug treatment facilities, and the Veterans Health Administration. During her time at the VA,

Amanda worked in the substance use, mental health, and homeless programs. She currently works in the private sector

providing teletherapy.


1) Overview of Veterans

      (a) Definition of Veterans

     (b) Periods of service

(c) Veterans Benefits

 2) Special Topics related to Veterans

     (a) Workfoce adjustment issues

     (b) Mental Health

     (c) Relationship difficulties

     (d) Substance Use

     (e) Woman Veterans

(f) Military sexual trauma

(g) Suicide prevention

3) Resources for Veterans

4) Short term strategies


Shields, J., Pechek, A., Brinck, E., & Sprong, M. (2020). Strategies for improving employment outcomes of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Rehabilitation Professional, 28(4), 225-244.


Perkins, D., Aronson, K., Morgan, N., Bleser,J., Vogt, D., Copeland, L., Finley, E., & Gilman, C. (2020). Veterans’ Use of Programs and Services as They Transition to Civilian Life: Baseline Assessment for Veteran Metrics Initiative. Journal of Social Service Research 46(2), 241-245.


McCormick, W., Currier, J., Isaak, S., Sims, B., Slagel, B., Carroll, T., Hamner, K., & Albright, D. (2019). Military Culture and Post-Military Transitioning Among Veterans: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), 287-298.

Cowlishaw, S., Freijah, I., Kartal, D., Sbisa, A, Mulligan, A, Notarianni, M.A., Couineau, A.L., Forbes, D., O'Donnell, M., Phelps, A., Iverson, K., Heber, A., O'Dwyer, C., Smith, P., & Hosseiny, F. (2022). Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Military and Beteran Populations: A International Jounal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(8853), 1-23.

The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs. The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances. Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Number is 57003.

CEU Requirements:

  1. Participants will join the course on time and will remain for the entire presentation. Participants will come prepared to learn and participate openly in discussion
  2. Participants will be required to submit the course evaluation form before being sent a CEU certificate. Any participant with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests at as soon as possible.
  3. Registration is required - If you register and cannot attend, please notify EAPA's administration team at
  4. CE Unit will only be given for instructional time

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Location (if you'd like to join us in-person):

Operator Engineers Local Union 3

3000 Clayton Road

Concord, CA 94519

(refreshments will be provided)

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