How to arrange employee assistance
FASS provides an alcohol counselling and education service for employees.
We offer employees an opportunity to explore and resolve any concerns they may have regarding their use of alcohol and its impact on work performance.
Alcohol and the workplace
Employees may be referred by their employers under the terms of an Alcohol or Substance Misuse in the Workplace policy, or following an issue of health and safety.
In either case, disciplinary procedures may have been invoked or are being held in abeyance whilst the employee agrees to address concerns by attending FASS.
Employees may also be referred on a voluntary, non-disciplinary basis.
From referral to assessment of need and help
Following referral we offer your employee a comprehensive alcohol assessment with one of our counsellors. If an alcohol problem is confirmed, we offer a programme of alcohol counselling.
If an alcohol problem is not confirmed and counselling is not deemed necessary, we can offer an extended alcohol brief intervention that includes alcohol education and consideration of safe drinking skills.
Assessment, counselling and alcohol brief intervention sessions are available throughout Fife. The employee may require time of work to attend.
Assessment and progress reporting
FASS provides a reporting service for employers and employees. Assessment reports are followed by regular progress reports for employees engaged in either counselling or extended brief interventions.
For more information about this or any other aspect of our service, please telephone our office on 01592 206200.
Programmes can include any of the following elements:
- care planning with the service user
- working with significant others/family members
- arrangements for management of alcohol withdrawals, pre and post detox support
- exploration of deeper psychological/emotional/behavioural issues and problem solving
- abstinence, controlled drinking and harm reduction regimes
- cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention
- alcohol education, brief interventions
- report and record keeping
- consultation with other professionals regarding client care
Extended alcohol brief intervention with alcohol education
A brief intervention is a 'structured conversation about an alcohol related issue'. Extended brief interventions can include:
- personal reflection
- examination of safe drinking skills
- setting personal goals