At times all of us have problems in our personal lives or at work. Early assistance in resolving these problems improves the quality of both our personal and professional lives.
The BarCARES program was created as a no-cost way of helping to locate assistance in dealing with any problems that might be causing you distress. The goal is to help you find the resources to ease the stress that interferes in your life. A number of district bars, bar associations, and law schools across the North Carolina have already chosen to offer this program.
The BarCARES Program is there to help attorneys, and in some cases, their family members, by providing confidential assistance and brief, solution-oriented counseling.
- crisis intervention
- depression and anxiety
- substance abuse (drug or alcohol)
- financial concerns
- career counseling
- professional stressors
- course related stress
- conflict resolution
BarCARES is a short-term intervention program provided cost-free to members in those areas who have “opted in”. Each participant receives up to three free visits each year. BarCARES of North Carolina is working to expand this program to attorneys throughout North Carolina.
These sessions can be used to provide assistance in resolving problems or accessing the appropriate source of help. Sometimes three sessions will be enough to take care of a problem. If it looks like the problem may require a longer term solution, the initial visits may be used to help identify the problem, to develop goals and a plan, and to access an appropriate resource, often covered under your health insurance plan.
Every effort will be made to match each user to a counselor who is also an approved provider under your group insurance, in the event you wish to continue after the program visits are used. If you choose not to continue with the same counselor, the counselor will help you locate an appropriate person. Local counseling groups are identified in each program area that joins BarCARES.
If you use the BarCARES Program, no one will know but you and anyone you choose to tell. The counselors who are part of the program are licensed professionals, bound by the confidentiality requirements of their professions.
To find out if the BarCARES program is available in your area, contact the BarCARES Coordinator at the number below. If the program is operating in your area, you will receive information about your local program. You may also contact the BAR CARES program just to ask questions about the program and the services it provides.