About Us

The Institute was founded by Maurice Quinlan, the current Director, who introduced the concept of Occupational Alcohol Programmes (OAPs) to the European Union. In September 1980, the Institute hosted the first seminar on this topic in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin, Ireland and in 1985 the Institute established the first external Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) in Smithwick’s Brewery (now Diageo) in Kilkenny, Ireland.

In 2018 Maurice initiated the development of a new model of Employee Support Services (ESS) with Dr Don Jorgensen Human Factor Consulting Arizona USA at the Bishops Palace in Waterford Ireland to comply with the structured approach to mental ill health recommended by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health ( IOSH) and the guidance contained in the global standard ISO 45003 Occupational health and safety management – Psychological health and safety in the workplace – Guidelines, published in February 2021.

The Institute has provided training in Ireland, Scotland, London, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. The Institute also acted as consultants to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on prevention and assistance training on alcohol and drug problems for the countries of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines.

EAP Institute Advisory Group, Presenters Tech Support and Design

  • Maurice Quinlan, Director EAP Institute, Waterford
  • Donald G. Jorgensen, Ph.D., CEAP Human Factor Consulting, Arizona, USA
  • Sinead Kelly Self-Health Coach, Corporate Wellbeing Speaker, and ConsultantCork Ireland
  • Danielle Cullen Managing Partner Initiate Digital Ltd t/a Initiate
  • Marina Murphy Design Consultant Office 1 Waterford
  • Website development for online trading supported by Lynda Lawton Waterford Chamber Commerce, and Enterprise Ireland, Design and construction by Bryan Hurley HelloWorld Waterford.

A sample list of companies that have developed knowledge transfer, employee support services and training, including presentations with the EAP Institute.