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When the going gets tough

When the going gets tough

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Doron Gold
Steve Kelly
Susanne Sviergula
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
30 minutes
$79.00 plus tax
33rd Annual Civil Litigation Conference

A heartfelt personal account of struggling with the self-perceived stigma of mental health. Followed by expert advice on services available to help legal professionals in need of assistance.


Doron Gold

Doron Gold is a Staff Clinician at Homewood Health, the provider of the Ontario legal profession's Member Assistance Program. He is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Professional Coach and psychotherapist, as well as having previously practiced law for 10 years, primarily as a family and civil litigator. Prior to working at Homewood Health, Doron spent almost 7 years working at the Ontario Lawyers’ Assistance Program (OLAP). Doron assists lawyers, paralegals, law students, judges and their immediate family members with personal and professional issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety and career stress. Doron’s role at Homewood Health includes psychotherapy with clients, assisting with the ongoing management of Homewood’s peer volunteer program as well as providing workshops and presentations to various groups in the community. Doron has written and been quoted extensively in publications such as Lawyers’ Weekly, Law Times, Canadian Lawyer and LawPro Magazine on various topics related to lawyer distress and wellness. As well, Doron writes a regular bi-monthly “Lawyer Therapist” column in Law Times. Doron has been asked to speak to various groups throughout Ontario on topics as varied as Work-Life Balance, Lawyer Stress 101, Retirement, Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. He is the co-author of the Canadian Bar Association’s “Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Profession” online course and is the recipient of the 2016 CBA Wellness Forum Award of Excellence.

Steve Kelly

Susanne Sviergula

Susanne is a managing partner at Cavanagh LLP. On the serious, dorky side, her practice focuses on professional liability work for lawyers and health care practitioners

as well as general insurance law (the "dark side", errr.....defence side) and employment law. She is the co-chair of the CCLA's Civil Litigation Updated Conference. But that is only half the story. On the lighter side Susanne moonlights as a marathoner in a pathetic attempt to counteract a sweet tooth and general love and curiosity of fine food (some of which does not always turn out as planned when she is the cook!).

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