The Law Society supports two separate counseling programs for lawyers.
(Formerly called PPC Canada)
The Law Society funds personal counselling and referral services through Optum Inc.
Services are confidential and available at no cost to individual BC lawyers and articled students and their immediate families.
PPC can help with personal, relationship and family problems, stress management, substance abuse or work-related concerns.
For more information or assistance, contact Optum (1.800.663.9099).
Lawyers Assistance Program
The Lawyers Assistance Program provides confidential support, counselling, referrals and peer interventions for lawyers, their families, support staff and articled students who need help to deal with alcohol or chemical dependencies, stress, depression or other personal problems.
Based on the concept of “lawyers helping lawyers,” the Lawyers Assistance Program relies on a network of volunteers from the BC legal community. The Law Society funds this program as a service to the profession.
The Lawyers Assistance Program is entirely independent and all inquiries and interactions are strictly confidential from the Law Society.
Derek LaCroix is the Executive Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program. For more information or assistance, contact: