FAQs

Are LAPBC services confidential?

Absolutely. Each call we receive is confidential – we treat it as if it had solicitor-client privilege. We do not investigate or make inquiries about anyone, lest that inadvertently disseminates information. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of our program and has been since our inception in 1989.

What services are available?

We offer short term counselling, practical assistance, referrals, assessments, information and ongoing support. All our services are completely confidential. For more information regarding the issues we help members of the legal community address, visit the What We Do section of our website.

Who can use LAPBC services?

LAPBC services can be accessed by all members of the legal community, including judges, articling students, paralegals, legal assistants, support staff and their families.

Can I get help for someone else?

Once we receive two (2) independent calls/referrals about a person who is exhibiting behaviours that are causing concern to others, we approach the person.

Our approach involves presenting information (without identifying the source) to the individual, asking them what’s going on and offering assistance and/or information. This is all done in the strictest of confidence. We base our approach on empathy and compassion. We are non-disciplinary and respectful of each person.

There is a lot of good will amongst members of the BC legal profession. And a lot of concern. LAP is not asking you to interfere in anyone’s life or to jeopardize anyone in any way.

We will not contribute in any way to gossip. We’ll provide the individual the opportunity to understand the impression they are making on others and offer information and assistance which can be life saving.

How much do LAPBC services cost? 

Our counselling services and support groups are free. Workshops are free or offered at a nominal cost.

What happens when I contact LAPBC? 

We will ask you for some basic information in order to help you access the appropriate services.

Who runs LAPBC?

LAPBC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and run by dedicated Staff with the assistance of committed peer volunteers.

Is LAPBC connected to the Law Society?

The BC Law Society collects a levy from Law Society members to fund our services. We report non-identifying, aggregate data regarding the use of our services to the BC Law Society annually but are otherwise entirely independent from the Law Society. All inquiries and interactions with us are strictly confidential from the BC Law Society.

Are other resources available?

Yes. LAPBC has relationships throughout the legal, mental health and recovery communities. Call 1.888.865.2171 or 604.685.2171 or email info (at) lapbc (dot) com for more information or visit the links section of our website.

Who will counsel me?

LAPBC Staff are lawyers and trained counsellors who provide outreach, education and support. As well, experienced volunteers are available to help and provide ongoing support, as desired. We have worked through our own difficulties and have compassion for the individual in distress.

We are non-judgmental. We do not prejudge or pre-assess the person. We are concerned with observations of behaviours, conduct, and consequences. We work with individuals to help them come up with solutions that work for that individual.

What is LAPBC’s Philosophy? 

Alcoholism, substance abuse, addictive behaviour and psychological problems are treatable illnesses, not moral issues.