The University Record, October 7, 1998
By Jane Elgass
Things have been changing recently at the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP), all to the benefit of those who may wish to use the free service.
FASAP's main office is housed on the entry-level floor at the south end of the Administrative Services Building, which is located at the corner of Hoover and Greene, close to a commuter bus stop, with metered parking nearby and an almost-private entrance adjacent to its offices.
Manager Tom Waldecker notes that the new location provides additional benefits for faculty and staff, as the offices of both the Consultation and Conciliation Service and the Family Care Resources Program, to which individuals might be referred, are located nearby.
FASAP also has opened a satellite office on the fourth floor of the University Health Service building in the Periodic Health Appraisal office.
A call to a single phone number-936-8660-can get you an appointment at either office. Both locations offer Monday evening appointments.
FASAP is a resource designed to help active and retired faculty and staff and their immediate family members deal with issues of daily living, both personal and work-related. Areas in which the four trained counselors can help individuals include marital/partner issues, stress, interpersonal concerns, communication problems, family and parenting concerns, grieving, life transitions, depression and/or anxiety, alcohol or other drug abuse and change management.
Waldecker says "confidentiality is carefully maintained and protected, except when legally limited, as in child abuse cases or threats of harm."
FASAP counselors now offer assessment and short-term problem resolution services for up to five visits. "We can now help people without them having to tell their story twice," Waldecker notes. "Workplace, family, and grief and loss issues and many other concerns can be addressed by our staff.
"We try to clarify what a person really needs. If a person is depressed, we try to determine if it is a temporary situation or chronic depression. If it is the latter, we find the individual the best resource to help them. The same is true with eating disorders and substance abuse."
Waldecker says individuals need not have a serious problem to come to FASAP. "They can seek our help in just sorting out problems of daily living, not just problems, sort of a preventive health program. For instance, someone may feel guilty about time devoted to a job and not spent with children, or a breakdown with family communication. We're a safe place to come and talk it out."
FASAP staff also offer assistance to units needing help with organizational change and interpersonal conflicts.
Other services available through FASAP include brown-bag sessions (see box); critical incident, trauma and grief response services; consultation services and violence prevention programs. It also offers stress tips on its Web page, www.umich.edu/~fasap/.
FASAP offers on-site brown-bags
The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) offers free 45-minute educational presentations to any faculty or staff group or organization on request.
Each presentation includes a brief topic overview and allows time for questions and answers. They can be held at the requester's site or hosted by FASAP.
Getting Along Better with Nearly Anyone
Manage Your Time or It Will Manage You
Stress Reduction through Lifestyle Changes
Recognition and Assistance for Depressive Moods
Managing Transitions and Change
Health and Expectations Moving through the Life Cycle
Teenagers, A Parents' Survival Guide
Communicating with Your Family
For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 936-8660.