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Karatina University launches Employee Assistance Programmes

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Karatina University Launches Employee and Students’ Assistance Programmes (ESAPs) to Improve Wellness, Productivity, and Performance.

Karatina University launches Employee Assistance Programmes

Karatina University, a leading public university in Kenya, has announced the launch of Employee and Students’ Assistance Programmes (ESAPs) to enhance the wellness, productivity, and performance of the university community. The University Counseling Section has brought the existence of the ESAPs to the attention of staff and students to proactively identify and assist them in resolving challenges related to alcohol or drug abuse (ADA), HIV and AIDS, and non-communicable diseases.

What are ESAPs?

Employee and Students’ Assistance Programmes (ESAPs) are work-placed intervention programs envisioned to improve the wellness, productivity, and performance of the university community by proactively identifying and assisting them in resolving challenges related to alcohol or drug abuse (ADA), HIV and AIDS, and non-communicable diseases.

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Services Offered by ESAPs at Karatina University

The ESAPs offer the following services at Karatina University:

  1. Alcohol, Drug, and Substance Abuse Management: The ESAPs provide appropriate information, care, and support for managing alcohol, drug, and substance abuse.
  2. Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Alternatives: The ESAPs offer individualized counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation alternatives that are adapted to the needs of the person concerned.

How the ESAPs are Guided

The University Management, through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADA) Prevention Committee and Medical Officer, identifies relevant partners, such as rehabilitation centres, support groups, psychiatrists, medical doctors, clinical and counseling psychologists, and social workers, to make relevant staff referrals.

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Confidentiality and Integration of Support

The ESAPs are guided by the principle of confidentiality (in both information sharing and custody of records) as well as the integration of the person’s family, employer, colleagues, and friends’ support.

Conclusion

Karatina University’s launch of the ESAPs is a testament to the university’s commitment to enhancing the wellness, productivity, and performance of its staff and students. The ESAPs provide a supportive environment to help those who may be facing challenges related to alcohol or drug abuse, HIV and AIDS, and non-communicable diseases. By providing appropriate care, support, and individualized treatment and rehabilitation alternatives, the ESAPs aim to help the university community overcome these challenges and improve their overall well-being.

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