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 Human Solutions, 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 Human Solutions, Doron spent almost 7 years working at the Ontario Lawyers’ Assistance Program (OLAP) assisting lawyers, 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 Human Solutions 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.

Steve Kelly

Susanne Sviergula

Susanne is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (criminology) and the University of Windsor (law). She articled in Ottawa and has practised there since her call to the bar in 2001. Her practice is confined to professional liability and insurance defence litigation but she really likes to practise marathon running and cross-country skiing. In April, 2016, she will run her first Boston marathon. She is the co-chair of the CCLA’s education committee, a volunteer at Law Help Ontario and a member of the board of the Carlington Community Health Centre.

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