Counseling, Financial and Legal Services

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Great Plains Conference has an established Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with New Directions, an organization that offers a full range of behavioral health solutions.

Clergy serving three-quarters to full time for local churches or the conference, plus their dependents and lay conference staff working 30 hours or more and their dependents, have this benefit. 

EAP benefits with New Direction provides tools and resources to help overcome life challenges for you and your dependents free of charge, including counseling (eight free sessions), legal and financial services.

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The company code for the Great Plains Conference is greatplainsumc.

More Resources

Webinars: From estate planning to harnessing social media to investments to working in an intergenerational workplace, learn about free webinars meant to help you grow in your career and as a person.

Health Resources Library: You may have heard positive things about the free counseling with a therapist. But did you know there are thousands of other tools to help your day-to-day health? 

Health Coaching: Young or old, healthy or struggling with an illness, you will find that simple lifestyle changes can result in great health benefits. Learn how to maintain a healthy weight, quit tobacco, manage stress or increase fitness with the help of a coach

Coping with Trauma and Loss: If you have recently gone through a traumatic event or lost someone close to you, you may have reactions that seem puzzling. You may have expected to feel one way, but feel another. You may have conflicting feelings. You may wonder how long it will take to get back to feeling “normal.” Knowing the different ways that people respond when facing a trauma or loss can give you an idea of what to expect.

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