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British Columbia Principals' + Vice Principals' Association (BCPVPA) Early Intervention Program

Humanworks is proud to have developed the Early Intervention Program (EIP) to support members of the BCPVPA Benefits Plan.

The goal of the EIP is to help members remain healthy and well at work. Humanworks has had extensive experience working with educators in the K-12 system.

The objective of the EIP is to support and empower Benefits Plan members experiencing personal and/or professional disruption as a result of illness, injury, or disability.

British Columbia Principals' + Vice Principals' Association (BCPVPA) - Early Intervention Program

The BCPVPA is pleased to announce the Early Intervention Program (EIP) to support members of the BCPVPA Benefits Plan.

The goal of the EIP is to help members to remain healthy and well at work. The program is administered by Humanworks, an organization with extensive experience working with educators in the K-12 system.

The objective of the EIP is to support and empower Benefits Plan members experiencing personal and/or professional disruption as a result of illness, injury, or disability.

By participating in this program, the BCPVPA Plan members will be connected with an EIP consultant who will equip them with the tools and resources they need to address their health-related challenges so that they can stay at work or resume their work roles in a safe and durable manner.

Eligibility & Referral Criteria

  • 100% voluntary participation.
  • Member is employed by any school district in the Province of British Columbia.
    • Member must be enrolled in the BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan
    • (If you are unsure about your status and need to confirm your enrollment in the BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan, please contact your school district’s Human Resource department)
  • Member:
    • is working but anticipates they will be absent from work due to mental or physical health-related issues; or
    • has identified that they require assistance in maintaining / managing their work role due to mental or physical health-related reasons; or
    • is currently on sick-leave due to mental or physical health-related issues and is not in receipt of LTD benefits; or
    • has experienced a critical or acute mental or physical health incident.
  • Completed referral form (accessible here)
  • Referrals can be made through three channels:
    • Self-referral: Member self-refers by completing referral form and submitting it directly to Humanworks.
    • BCPVPA or BCSSA: Member is informed of the EIP by a BCPVPA or BCSSA representative. The member then completes and submits a referral form directly to Humanworks. On occasion, a BCPVPA or BCSSA representative may submit a referral on behalf of and with consent of the member.
    • District referral: Member is informed of the EIP by a local professional association representative or a member of the district senior staff. The member then completes and submits a referral form directly to Humanworks. On occasion, a local professional association representative or a member of the district senior staff may submit a referral on behalf of and with consent of the member.

Regardless of the referral mechanism (ie. Self or third-party), the member’s participation in the EIP remains 100% voluntary.  A member can withdraw from the program at any time.

FAQ

All districts across the province of BC are participating in the EIP Program.

Members of the BCPVPA Benefits Plan include principals, vice-principals and members of exempt staff at the district level. While the current benefits provided to Plan members are good, the BCPVPA recognizes that accessing early support is key in mitigating the severity and disruptiveness of mental and physical health challenges. To better serve the mental and physical health needs of its Plan members in an increasingly dynamic and challenging professional environment, the BCPVPA is offering the EIP program to establish the foundations of a robust early support system.

Simply complete a referral form or contact Humanworks directly.

Referral forms can be downloaded here and submitted to Humanworks at admin@humanworks.ca.
Humanworks can be reached by phone at 1-604-734-4130 or at the email provided above.

You can also contact Jack MacNeill, or your district’s EIP contacts for more information on how to submit a referral.
Jack MacNeill
President & BCPVPA EIP Manager, Humanworks
Email: jack@humanworks.ca
Phone: 604-880-4323

Humanworks is a team of professional counsellors, consultants, and therapists with extensive experience in the K-12 sector in British Columbia.

The Humanworks team has provided support at every professional level within the K-12 system from CUPE staff and teachers to administrators, district leadership teams, and superintendents.

The Humanworks team has cultivated strong and trusting relationships in many school districts across the province and has served as a valuable resource for the BC Principals & Vice-Principals’ Association for many years.

Once your referral is received by Humanworks, an EIP consultant will contact you by your preferred method of communication to confirm program eligibility and schedule an initial consultation.

During the initial consultation, the EIP consultant will review your case with you and provide guidance as to appropriate next steps to begin to address your specific challenges and barriers.

Following the initial consultation, the EIP consultant will develop a customized plan that will assist you in moving forward to address your personal wellness challenges in the context of your work role. The goal is that by the end of the program, you are appropriately resourced with the tools and skills necessary to remain healthy and durable in your work role.

Maintaining the confidentiality of Plan members who choose to participate in the EIP is an important component of the program.

Members’ personal information will not be shared without expressed consent by the member.
Specific medical information will not be shared with the employer; however, functional information may be shared to assist with job accommodation or return to work with the member’s consent.

The EIP is an element of the Benefits Plan services provided for all Plan members. With its focus on early access, the EIP is designed to support Plan members in the early stages of disability or illness to mitigate the severity and intensity of members’ health challenges.

While participating in the EIP, the member works with an EIP consultant, who provides direction and support regarding mental and physical health, return to work, and accommodation. The EIP rehabilitation consultants bring with them over a decade of experience working directly with administrators and other exempt staff in the public education sector; they have a thorough understanding of the health concerns of plan members and the challenges of their work roles.

An Employee Family Assistance Plan (FAP) program is a general counselling support service provided to employees by their districts. An EFAP provider works exclusively with the employee and focusses on mental health concerns; which means they do not coordinate with other health service providers and they are not involved in organizing return to work activities with the employer.

In the context of the ElP, the EIP consultant may suggest that the member consider accessing the counselling supports available to them through their district’s FAP, as one possible option to address their mental health concerns. Additionally, the EIP consultant will also work with the member to identify other appropriate health supports and coordinate with the employer regarding return to work and accommodation requirements, as needed.

Additional Resources

Read the article that appeared in the BCPVPA’s Adminfo Magazine, March 2019: “Administrator Wellness: A Conversation with Jack MacNeill of Humanworks”

View our  brochure  The BCPVPA EIP Program

Watch the video  “BCPVPA Early Intervention Program” on YouTube.

Cost

There are no direct costs to BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan members to participate in the program. Members must meet eligibility criteria to qualify.

Questions?

If you have any remaining questions, please review the FAQ section or contact:
Jack MacNeill
President & BCPVPA EIP Manager
Email: jack@humanworks.ca
Phone: 604-880-4323

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