Interlock: an assistance program for B.C. lawyers

by Doug Woollard, Regional Manager, Interlock

Interlock has been providing a member assistance program for B.C. lawyers — funded by the Law Society — since 1981. The program has evolved from one focused primarily on substance misuse to one that assists with any personal or interpersonal problem.

What is the number one reason lawyers contact Interlock? It’s for confidential counselling or assistance with marriage, relationships parenting or family issues. Interlock also assists with other personal issues, including:

  • balancing work and family
  • stress symptoms and stress-related problems
  • anxiety and depression
  • separation, loss, grief and bereavement
  • work-related stress
  • changes in the work environment
  • workplace conflict
  • child care and elder care
  • family violence, physical and sexual abuse
  • anger management
  • sexuality
  • trauma and critical incident stress counselling
  • career-related concerns
  • eating disorders
  • alcohol and drug dependencies
  • gambling addictions
  • wellness
  • financial and legal problems
  • workplace harassment

Interlock provides a highly qualified and experienced multidisciplinary counselling team, comprised of registered psychologists, registered social workers, registered clinical counsellors and addiction specialists, all with 10 or more years experience.

Safeguards are in place to protect client confidentiality and only statistical program information is provided to the Law Society. Appointments are booked to protect privacy and most of our offices even have second exits so clients can leave their appointments without going through the waiting area if they wish.

Interlock is currently providing 24-hour, 365-day-per-year after-hours emergency telephone access to a fully qualified counsellor. These services are available throughout B.C. Please contact any of our regional offices listed below to make an appointment:

[Editor's note: The contact information is out-of-date and has been deleted. See Counselling Programs.]