UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center Services
for Homewood City School System Employees


UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers confidential support services for Homewood City School System employees and members of their immediate household. A dedicated team of certified counselors, an extensive collection of online resources and a schedule of programs and events are all designed to help you identify, understand and resolve work-related and personal issues to help you achieve successful work/life integration. All Homewood City School System employees and members of their immediate household are eligible for unlimited free sessions.

Explore the tabs below for information on EACC services available to HCS employees.

  • Counseling Services

    The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center offers individual, couples and family counseling to help HCS employees and members of their immediate household resolve work-related and personal problems. Our staff includes counselors specializing in marriage and family counseling, play therapy, group counseling, alcohol and drug abuse aftercare, EMDR, critical incident stress management, aging and caregiver issues, employee assistance, career counseling, art therapy and more. For more information, visit the EACC's Counseling Services webpage.

    Homewood City School System employees receive unlimited counseling sessions. To schedule a counseling appointment, call 1-877-872-2327 or 205-934-2281.


    Other Counseling Services

    • Financial Counseling: An individualized financial wellness counseling session will help you gain a better understanding of your financial situation, while teaching you the best options for managing your finances and paying off debt. The EACC offers free financial counseling services to help you develop a personal financial assessment and take control of your finances.
    • Tobacco Cessation: The EACC provides four free nicotine counseling sessions per employee per calendar year. The sessions are conducted by licensed mental health professionals either in one-on-one or group counseling sessions. These tobacco cessation sessions are offered in addition to the free benefit of unlimited counseling sessions available to HCS employees.
    • Tele-Mental Health: The EACC offers face-to-face telemental health sessions via HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing system Zoom. EACC's staff include certified distance credentialed counselors, trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means.
  • Financial Wellness

    Need financial guidance but not sure where to start? An individualized financial wellness counseling session will help you gain a better understanding of your financial situation, while teaching you the best options for managing your finances and paying off debt.

    The Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers a variety of personalized services to help you take control of your finances. A financial wellness counselor will work with you to develop a personal financial assessment by analyzing your income, expenses, assets and liabilities.


    Financial Wellness Services

    • Financial Counseling: The EACC offers free financial counseling services to help you develop a personal financial assessment and take control of your finances. To schedule a one-on-one meeting with a financial wellness specialist, call 1-877-872-2327 or 205-934-2281.
    • SmartPath Webinars: Monthly financial wellness webinars for UAB employees provide engaging, practical and actionable advice on a variety of financial topics. Visit EACC Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.
    • For additional financial resources, visit the EACC Financial Wellness webpage.
  • Life Coaching

    Life coaching is for the person who needs guidance with personal goals and just doesn’t know where to start or for the person who has had problems achieving personal goals. Your EACC life coach will assist you with plan development and provide support as a partner in your vision for self-improvement. For more information, see the EACC Life Coaching for HCS employees flyer or visit uab.edu/lifecoaching.

    Homewood City School System employees receive unlimited life coaching sessions. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-872-2327 or 205-934-2281.

  • Programs & Events

    The UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center supports you in achieving successful work-life integration in all areas of life by offering informational classes, support groups, and psycho-educational and stress management programs. Classes are offered at no cost to HCS employees and members of their immediate household.

    • Support Groups: EACC offers several confidential support groups — including a weekly women's group and a monthly group for those coping chronic illness — that allow participants to discuss shared experiences, offer and receive guidance, and benefit from community support. Visit the EACC Support Groups webpage for details.
    • Coping Conversations: Maintaining self-care practices and enhancing positive wellbeing during challenging times can be difficult. Meets weekly via Zoom, Tuesdays, 4:15-5 p.m. See flyer for details.
    • Self Care Studio: A collaboration between the UAB EACC and the Institute for Arts in Medicine that offers employees a space to enhance creativity and focus on personal wellness. Meets via Zoom the first and third Tuesday of the month, noon-1 p.m. Check the EACC Events Calendar for upcoming sessions.
    • SmartPath Webinars: Monthly financial wellness webinars for UAB employees provide engaging, practical and actionable advice on a variety of financial topics. Visit uab.edu/smartpath for a complete list of topics.
    • Virtual Yoga: Yoga creates balance in the body through strength and flexibility. Join the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center's certified yoga instructor, Ashley Clarke, for slow-paced yet challenging yoga experience in a judgment-free environment. Visit go.uab.edu/VirtualYoga.

    For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit go.uab.edu/EACC-Calendar.

  • Online Resources


    myStrength

    mystrength AppThe UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center has partnered with myStrength to provide free access to web and mobile tools for increased emotional health and wellbeing for employees and members of their immediate households. myStrength features hundreds of resources on topics like stress management, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, parenting, substance abuse and more. Access to myStrength is free and you do not have to be an existing EACC client to take advantage of this resource.

    Get started...

    • Go to mystrength.com, click “Sign Up” and register for your free account using the access code: UABGoBlazers!
    • Download the myStrength app on the App Store or Google Play Store to access resources on your mobile device.
    • For more information, including downloadable myStrength Tools for Success, visit go.uab.edu/mystrength.


    Code Blaze Resources

    Through the Code Blaze program, the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center provides quick access to community and online resources. Go to uab.edu/codeblaze to explore an extensive catalog of tools for solving stressful situations, relaxation and techniques for managing difficult emotions.


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