SOS consultation is a three- step process of seeking, giving, and receiving help. SOS aims at aiding a person, group, organization, or larger system, in mobilizing internal and external resources to deal with problem confrontations and change efforts.
THE SOS PROCESS:
- Initial individual and organizational assessment
- On-site analysis
- General goal setting and problem solving
- Recommendations for consultation and education
THE GOALS OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS:
- Gain an understanding of the employee’s/coworker’s view of the organization’s strengths and challenges
- Determine areas of conflict within the organization which undermine effective team interactions
- Create preliminary solutions to team problems identified
- Assist employees/coworkers to develop an action plan for positive change within the professional organization
History of SOS
Stan and Cory Schneider, the founders of SOS, are the owners of Guidance Associates of PA (GAP), a mental health and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility and provider of employee assistance programs. Their interests in forming a consulting group grew out of their recognition of the varied professional talent they had on hand to provide services at GAP, as well as their exposure to special needs and concerns in the business community.
Through GAP’s employee assistance programs, they have developed expertise in understanding the interplay between emotions, human relationships and human motivation in a variety of business settings (nuclear industry, insurance, financial institutions, educational settings, health care establishments). Application of clinical psychology’s traditional knowledge and skill base, modified and augmented, is used for employee fitness-for-duty training, and enhancing work performance of individuals, work units/teams and managers at all levels in organizations.
In today’s changing work environments, they have organized SOS to take the pulse of businesses and organizations in order to ensure a comfortable and desirable exchange. As with other expansions over the years, they rely on the needs of the organizations when identifying the services to be developed and offered.
The SOS Team
Cory Schneider, MA, the SOS leader, has consulted with organizations in strategic planning, goal orientation, change management, leadership development, communication, public relations and marketing.
Stanley Schneider , Ed.D., has worked on developing and implementing social service systems for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a senior member of the Central Pennsylvania behavioral health professional community.
Suzy Zeigler, BS, has over 30 years of business experience in legal, medical, accounting, and behavioral health environments. Ms. Zeigler consults with employers to motivate their workforces by focusing on strategies for prioritizing and delegating special tasks and assignments.