The Catholic University of America

Dec. 1, 2010

NCSSS to Offer Employee Assistance Online Educational Program

Washington, D.C. — Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) will start enrolling students Dec. 1, for its new Employee Assistance Online Educational Program, the first such web course offered by a U.S. school of social work.

Designed by Dale Masi, Ph.D.,C.E.A.P., one of the leading international experts in employee assistance programs (EAP), the CUA program will be available to students worldwide beginning April 2011. For more information and to register online for the program, visit http://eap.cua.edu.

The program was designed by Masi, resident scholar at NCSSS, and professor emeritus, University of Maryland, where she directed the EAP specialization in the Master in Social Work program for more than 20 years. Masi, who earned her doctorate from NCSSS, is the author of 14 books on EAPs, and president/CEO of MASI Research Consultants. She has been a leader in the EAP field for more than 25 years.

“To me, this is a perfect opportunity for us to join in the presentation of a premier program in EAP,” says James R. Zabora, dean of the social work school. “I believe that this program, in conjunction with the expertise of our faculty, will truly create a significant contribution to employee assistance programs on a global scale.”

Masi notes that “the partnership between Catholic University’s social work school and MASI Research Consultants is an ideal combination that will bring a unique education program to many EAP staffs and affiliates around the world. Training for EAP practitioners is badly needed. So we’re proud to partner in this endeavor with Catholic University, which enjoys an outstanding reputation for scholarly excellence.”

Students can register for up to four four-week courses. They will earn 24 professional development hours per course for a total of 96 PDHs (for which Catholic University will apply) and 24 social work continuing education units per course for a total of 96 CEUs. Students who complete all four courses will receive a Professional Education Certificate in Employee Assistance Programs.

Masi will teach the first monthlong course, titled “EAPs in the New Millennium,” beginning on April 1, 2011. The remaining courses, which will be offered in May, June, and July 2011, include:

  • “Contemporary EAP Services”
  • “Advanced EAP Clinical Service Delivery: From Mental Health and Addictions”
  • “Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of EAPs”

Each class is limited to 25 students. Tuition is $500 a course. Students who register in advance for all four courses pay a discounted fee of $1,750. Special corporate rates for group registrations are available. For more information on the corporate rates, e-mail CUA-eap@cua.edu.

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The mission of CUA’s National Catholic School of Social Service is to educate students from diverse faiths and cultures who in their professional endeavors will embody the values of social justice, service, and scholarship. This mission is grounded in the justice and charity foundation of Catholic social teachings and the tradition of a modern university that welcomes all forms of human inquiry.

The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. Established as a graduate research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904 and today is home to 12 schools and 38 research centers and facilities. Catholic University is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in three disciplines. The university’s verdant 193-acre campus, located just north of Capitol Hill, allows students easy access to the wide range of educational, cultural, and political opportunities that Washington, D.C., has to offer. For more information, visit http://www.cua.edu.

MEDIA: For more information about the program, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs.

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