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All too often, we receive calls about poor leadership practices. Many times, it boils down to a newly appointed manager that has not been provided with the tools to handle their new role. Their lack of leadership can drag-down your company’s productivity and morale. So, we’ve created the First Time Leader Workshop to teach new leaders how to transition into their new role, develop solid management practices and help them learn the leadership skill set they need to become successful.

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First Sun, South Carolina’s Largest EAP, “Goes Digital” via wayForward’s Behavioral Health Engagement, Counseling and Analytics Platform


wayForward’s scientifically validated, user-driven programs and tools will enable First Sun EAP to engage, screen and monitor more employees than traditional EAPs


NEW YORK, NY – December 10, 2018 -


wayForward, a mental and behavioral health technology company, today announced its partnership with First Sun EAP (First Sun), a workplace-focused national Employee Assistance Program. The partnership enables First Sun to efficiently engage and screen more employees, extending the reach of their expertise and maximizing outcomes of their award-winning service. The wayForward platform gives employees easy access to scientifically validated assessments and screenings, and a structured, yet flexible approach to care. Through the app or the user’s desktop, First Sun can offer seamless support and access to one-on-one counseling when needed; the platform’s robust analytics will enable their customers to track employee progress and outcomes.


"Our mission is to make behavioral healthcare accessible to everyone, from any connected device, allowing behavioral health and wellness companies to more efficiently and effectively scale their services,” said Ritvik Singh, wayForward’s CEO. “Our goal is to enable companies such as First Sun to provide proven, cost-effective digital solutions for reducing the incidence and severity of emotional problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression. We’re excited to partner with First Sun to help extend their behavioral health expertise, improving employee outcomes and employer ROI.”


Independent, as well as internal studies, have shown that the wayForward platform improves employee engagement rates. According to wayForward data, a third of all employees complete the initial screening. Additionally, the regular digital outreach campaigns reach over 25 percent of the covered employees.


“First Sun EAP provides employees with personalized support and resources that remove barriers to productivity and enhance well-being, while providing employers with complete transparency so they can accurately measure the bottom line impact of our programs,” said Maria Lund, First Sun EAP President/COO. “The wayForward platform makes it convenient to reach and engage broader segments of the workforce, and gives employers detailed analytics about how our programs are improving the lives and the performance of their employees. The wayForward team made it surprisingly easy to enhance our digital offerings, which will make our services more efficient and effective going forward.”


The goal of both companies is to help increase employee productivity and morale while reducing the employer's exposure to risk, absenteeism, and turnover through evidence-based therapeutic guidance, tools, lessons, and coaching for employees at all levels.


To learn more about the wayForward platform, visit https://www.wayforward.io/.


About wayForward


wayForward (incorporated as PsyInnovations, Inc.), is a behavioral health technology company based in New York. Our mission is to deliver evidence-based programs and expert care using intuitive, user-driven, scientifically validated technology. The company is made up of a team of leading researchers, clinicians and behavioral health experts associated with Columbia University, University of Michigan, Yeshiva University, UC San Diego, and a nationwide network of licensed behavioral health providers and coaches.


wayForward’s platform delivers programs based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, and covers more than five million individuals. You can reach us at tom.s@wayforward.io.


About First Sun EAP


First Sun EAP is a full-service EAP offering an award-winning employee assistance program, behavioral risk management, organizational consultation, and corporate and professional training programs to companies nationwide.

First Sun EAP is the largest South Carolina-based regional EAP. Our clients receive an unparalleled customer experience and custom workplace solutions to help them achieve their goals and maintain a healthy organization. You can reach us at 800-968-8143 or www.firstsuneap.com.



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July 2017 Spotlight on Employee Assistance - Professional Spotlight

Name and position Maria Lund, President/COO, First Sun EAP

What do you like best about working in EAP? I like the fact that we are helping leaders to run healthier companies and employees to be at their best at work and at home. Our profession is all about facilitating “wins” for every person we serve.

What was your first EAP job? I was an EAP counselor for an external EAP.

What do you find is the most challenging part of your job? Truly, my job is not so challenging due to the extraordinary team of people I work with and the generous community of colleagues, which have make my work easy in many respects. That being said, my biggest challenge is to continue to find cost effective and meaningful ways to innovate our programs so we keep the quality and impact high.

What inspires you? Making time to do the constant work to be the best leader I can be to encourage, support, and inspire employees at First Sun and to work with them to create programs that have high integrity and value for all those we serve.

Sector Report: EAPs are Valuable but Underused

Workforce Management

May 23, 2017

by: Sarah Fister Gale

Employers are telling their workers: Use your EAP or lose it. ... Employee assistance programs have been proven to deliver real business benefits. ... past, said Lucy Henry, vice president of stakeholder relations for First Sun EAP in ...

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We are excited to announce our own Nancy Grunnet will serve as the vice president of SC Employee Assistance Professionals Association (SCEAPA) for a two-year term beginning in January, 2017.

Nancy, M.S., RODP, is First Sun EAP’s VP of Organizational Development and Training. A former LPC, Nancy began her career at First Sun EAP in 1997. She has 20 years’ experience working with organizations to help employees at every level succeed. Manager/supervisor skill building, coaching and team development along with generations in the workplace are merely some of the areas of her expertise. She has served as: SC Diversity Council Board Member, SCEAPA Board Member, World EAPA presenter, contributing writer for the EAPA Journal, Aiken Chamber Ambassador, President of the Submariners Wives Association and VFW volunteer in Aiken, SC.

First Sun EAP is proud to announce that Christina Isenhower will serve as president of the SC Employee Assistance Professionals Association (SCEAPA) for a two-year term beginning in January, 2017. SCEAPA is the state chapter of EAPA — an organization dedicated to supporting EAP professionals and providers and promoting the profession of EAP. Christina has been active in SCEAPA since 2010 and has served in various positions (i.e. vice president and secretary). This past October, Christina and her First Sun colleague (Nancy Grunnet — SCEAPA member at large) co-presented in Chicago at International EAPA. In 2013, Christina joined the First Sun family as a risk management consultant where she makes an impact helping employees, managers and Human Resource professionals. Mrs. Isenhower began working in the EAP industry in 2010.