Counselling Programs

The Law Society supports two separate counseling programs for lawyers.

Optum Inc.

(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

Workshops, seminars and events offered by the 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:

Lawyers Assistance Program
415 – 1080 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2T4
Telephone 604.685.2171 or 1.888.685.2171
Fax: 604.685.2179