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Schriever, Peterson get new EAP counselor

Adam Skibell, Air Force Employee Assistance Program field consultant, will serve as the new EAP counselor for Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases, Colorado. Skibell is a licensed professional counselor with more than 10 years of experience. (Courtesy photo)

Adam Skibell, Air Force Employee Assistance Program field consultant, will serve as the new EAP counselor for Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases, Colorado. Skibell is a licensed professional counselor with more than 10 years of experience. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Civilians at Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases now have their own Employee Assistance Program counselor.

Adam Skibell, Air Force Employee Assistance Program field consultant, will have his main office at Peterson Air Force Base but will also be available to support civilians assigned to Schriever, Buckley and Cheyanne Mountain. Skibell will also assist with the United States Air Force Academy.

The EAP, which went into effect Air Force-wide in October 2017, supports civilians with a variety of resources including access to mental health counselors, finance services and self-care modules for counseling.

Prior to his current position which began Jan. 13, Skibell worked at Colorado Acess in Aurora, Colorado. Skibell, a licensed professional counselor for mental health with more than 10 years of experience, is ready to assist civilians as they face life’s challenges.

“Our mantra is to make your life’s journey easier and we can do that in a number of different ways,” Skibell said. “The programs are free of charge and my branch serves civilians at the various bases. The EAP has a number of different programs: career coaching, legal and financial coaching and work-life services.”

The services aren’t only for civilians, they’re also for their families. Anyone who lives in the same household as the government civilian can access the EAP.

“If you have kids coming home from college stressed out about the pandemic and they don’t know how to navigate that, parents can call and make an appointment with me,” Skibell said. “It’s free of charge and they don’t have to outsource a counselor.”

Previously, neither Schriever nor Peterson had its own EAP counselor. Now, Skibell has the ability to reach civilians on both bases quicker.

“We had someone who we could call in from Denver,” said Jan Devitt, 50th Space Wing community support coordinator. “But last year (Air Force headquarters) determined that Peterson and Schriever needed an EAP counselor. So now we have our own and that’s a big deal.” 

Shortly after Skibell on-boarded, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many civilians to telework, including himself, making initial introductions tricky. Despite working from home, Skibell still worked to alert people of the EAP.  

“He’s been proactive in reaching out and sending information to the people,” Devitt said.  “He’s making sure to let civilians know they have a resource they can use. Whether that’s elderly care or something for parents.”

Skibell wants to change the stigma around the program – which he said, “a lot of people think it’s a disciplinary program” – and provide civilians with a service that supports them and their families.

“I hope to let everyone know it’s more than just an outlet for counseling,” he said. “If they come to ask for help, their supervisor is not going to find out. I like to do away with those misconceptions of what EAP is. We’re here to help.”

For more information regarding the program, call 1-866-580-9078, or visit Magellanascend.com.

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