Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Eligible employees and their immediate family members can participate in up to 10 sessions at no cost. Refer to the contents below for more information.

  1. EAP Overview
  2. Who is eligible for benefits?
  3. When do benefits begin?
  4. Contact Information
  5. Counselor Bios
  6. EAP Newsletters

EAP Overview

The EAP is a benefit designed to provide up to 10 confidential professional counseling sessions to employees and their immediate family members. We encourage employees and their family members to make an appointment when they experience problems that interfere with job performance, health, or quality of life. All counseling is provided by St. Alphonsus and is held in strict confidence.

Visit a Counselor

Employees and their eligible family members can visit a counselor regarding:

  • Marital concerns
  • Stress-related difficulties
  • Emotional and psychological problems
  • Family conflicts
  • Career concerns
  • Alcohol and drug-related problems

Who is eligible for benefits?

Administrative & Certified Employees

Administrative and certified employees who work 0.5 FTE or greater are eligible for the EAP.

Classified Employees

Regular, classified employees - as outlined in the Classified Employee Handbook, 2.3.2 Status Classifications - who work 20+ hours per week and who were hired prior to February 1st of the current school year (the February 1st rule only applies to positions working less than 12-months per year) are eligible for the EAP.

When do benefits begin?

Eligible employees and their eligible family members are automatically entitled to the EAP benefit, which begins the first of the month following 30-days of employment.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources, Benefits Team: [email protected]
  • EAP
    • Ph: 208-367-3300
    • Addr: St. Alphonsus, 6140 Emerald, Boise, ID 83704

Counselor Bios

Carol Pangburn, Ph.D., LCPC, LMFT

Carol is a licensed counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and holds a doctorate in Adult Education. Carol retired from a 22-year career in Counseling Services at Boise State University in 2014 and continues as adjunct faculty teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She has been teaching on the topic of Mindfulness since 2004 at BSU, has completed two week-long trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has taught MBSR programs at the Boise VA Hospital, St. Lukes Cardiac Rehabilitation, and in the last four years at St. Alphonsus.

Since not all modalities of treatment are appropriate for every client, Carol has learned to tailor therapy to the individual. She typically blends traditional talk therapy with alternative approaches including MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Thought Field Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR Level II). She views her work as a privilege and believes that each person has both an innate tendency to move toward health and wholeness and the inner capacity to achieve it.

Susan Murphy LCPC, ACADC

Sue has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, as well as private practice. She has extensive experience in serving those with co-occurring disorders having been employed at the St. Alphonsus Addiction Recovery Center for nine years. She offers EAP experience from a diverse and eclectic background.

Sue received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Addictions Studies from BSU and her Masters of Counseling degree from ISU. She is an Idaho licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and is a certified drug and alcohol counselor or advanced standing (ACADC).

Melissa Young LCSW

Melissa has had the privilege of working with the EAP for six plus years, most recently assuming the position of Supervisor. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis and her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. She has been quite fortunate to work in a multitude of mental health settings ranging from Battered Women's Shelters to Hospice Social Work.

She offers an eclectic and holistic therapeutic approach to her work with clients and believes deeply in individuals abilities to heal and overcome the various hardships they may face. In addition to her relational and Bowen Family Systems training, she is also trained in the use of EMDR.

Jared Belsher MA LCPC NCC

Jared is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and nationally certified counselor (NCC) who has worked in outpatient mental health clinics and in private practice. He received a BS in Political Science and an MA in Community Counseling from Northern Arizona University.

His approach to counseling is strength-based, which means that rather than dwelling on things that are wrong, he focuses on the strengths individuals have, and how they can use those strengths to overcome their obstacles. He uses a person-centered approach and additional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing to help clients discover healthier ways to cope or think about a problem.

EAP Newsletters