Advocate to Advocate has a particular interest in working with lawyers and professionals, because they understand how unresolved emotional issues can impact one’s wellness relating to their personal and professional lives.
In 2016, the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation published a study of 12,000 lawyers currently practicing law. Some of the findings from the study include: Between 21 and 36 percent qualify as problem drinkers; Approximately 28 percent, 19 percent, and 23 percent are struggling with some level of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Advocate to Advocate was founded by Shamara McFarland. She is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln University Law School; and she is a member of Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity. Shamara holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology; and Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Black Studies. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society; and she is certified as a Meditator and Conflict Resolution.
In addition, Shamara is a member of International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. For about 24 years, Shamara has volunteered or worked in some capacity in field of mental health and the law. Her mental health training and experiences ranges from presenting workshops on substances uses relating to legal and mental factors, an advocate for rape survivors, at-risk and crisis intervention counselor, in-prison group mentor (federal prison), premarital counseling, and managing depression during the holidays. Her legal experience includes twenty-four years as a public servant. Read Full Bio Here