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Counselling Services Programme for Members of the Bar (Circular No 224/2021)

Circular No 224/2021
Dated 9 June 2021

To Members of the Malaysian Bar

Counselling Services Programme for Members of the Bar

Life can be very demanding.  You may be experiencing stress and anxiety for a variety of reasons — professional and/or personal.  The pandemic may have caused disruptions, financial difficulties, and loneliness.  You may have suffered the loss of a loved one.  In such circumstances, the support of family members and friends is crucial, but seeking professional help may assist tremendously in improving one’s emotional well-being.  No one should feel ashamed of taking the positive step of speaking with a trained counsellor.

To support Members during these challenging times and to encourage Members to seek professional help where needed, the Malaysian Bar has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the Board of Counsellors (Malaysia) whereby the Bar will pay for a maximum of five counselling sessions for interested Members.  Registered counsellors appointed by the Board of Counsellors (“panel counsellors”) will provide the counselling services under this programme, which will run until 7 Jan 2023.

Confidentiality is of the utmost importance; the identity of the Member seeking counselling will be known only to the panel counsellor whom the Member approaches, and the Board of Counsellors.  In accordance with the provisions of the MoU, the identity of these Members will not be made known to the Bar Council.

We are pleased to inform Members that you can seek counselling services from the panel counsellors, effective today.  The list of panel counsellors is available here on the Malaysian Bar website.  It will be updated from time to time, when changes are made by the Board of Counsellors. 

Please click here to view a set of Frequently-Asked-Questions (“FAQ”) regarding the programme.  Members are encouraged to review the FAQ carefully before making use of the counselling services programme.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the programme, kindly contact the Board of Counsellors at 03-8323 2522.

Thank you and stay safe.

Shahareen Begum
Malaysian Bar

Please click here to view the full circular on our website, or here to view it on our Facebook page.