Information for Professionals
What We Do:
A.A.’s local committee for Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional Community (P.I./C.P.C.) provides information about Alcoholics Anonymous to members of the community whose profession may bring them in regular contact with anyone who may suffer from the disease of alcoholism. We offer information through a variety of methods, and seek to establish simple and effective ways to work with professionals with a policy of “cooperation, but not affiliation.”
Exhibits: Upon request, our committee is available to set up exhibit tables offering informational pamphlets and Manitoba A.A. meeting schedules at any professional event.
Presentations: We are available to give presentations about Alcoholics Anonymous for any group of professionals. We are flexible and able to fit this within any time frame – from ten minutes to an hour. This may take place at a staff meeting, in a classroom, or any other setting…including online meetings. Our presentations may take place in a variety of different ways, depending on your request: PowerPoint presentation, brief talk with fact-sheet hand-outs, etc.
Literature: We have packets available which each contain letters and pamphlets describing AA. These are available upon request. If you wish to receive a literature catalog, we have those available as well.
Attend an “Open” AA Meeting:
AA meetings are designated as either “open” or “closed.” Anyone may attend an open meeting, alcoholic or not. A listed meeting will either have “O” or “C” next to it. We encourage anyone who wishes to learn more about A.A. to attend an open meeting. If you would prefer to attend a meeting accompanied by an A.A. member, one of our committee members would be happy to accompany you.
Area 80 C.P.C. Committee: If you wish to contact us, send an e-mail to PI/CPC Committee. We look forward to hearing from you!
Answering Service: 204-942-0126 (in Winnipeg) or 1-877-942-0126 (toll-free) is Manitoba Central Office’s answering service for Alcoholics Anonymous. A caller has the option to either ask for a local meeting listing or to speak to an AA member.
Alcoholics Anonymous Website: The A.A. website, aa.org, offers a variety of resources, including videos and informational pamphlets in PDF format.
About AA: is a newsletter for professionals printed by the staff assignment for Cooperation with the Professional Community at the General Service Office twice a year. This is available by mail, but can also be viewed on aa.org.
Corrections and Treatment: If you work in a correctional facility or a treatment facility and are interested in having an AA meeting on-site, you can e-mail Area 80’s Corrections (Western Manitoba or Eastern Manitoba, including Winnipeg) and Treatment (Western Manitoba or Eastern Manitoba, including Winnipeg) committees.
The A.A. Grapevine: The Grapevine is the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a monthly periodical available by subscription, which is more or less a “meeting in print.” These can especially be useful for waiting rooms. Visit aagrapevine.org for more information.
La Viña: Also available by subscription, La Viña is the Spanish version of the Grapevine. Visit aagrapevine.org/espanol
For AA Members:
Looking to carry the message of A.A.? The Public Information / Cooperation with the Professional Community (P.I./C.P.C.) Committee has a variety of ways you can get involved. Opportunities are available whether you want to be an active committee member, or simply be involved in a small way such as bringing an informational packet to your primary care physician. Many A.A. members were referred by a professional (doctor, lawyer, social worker, etc.). This is a vital A.A. service. Members of the professional community have been our advocates since the early days of A.A. in the 1930’s. This has played a key role in A.A.’s growth. Alcoholics Anonymous has maintained a policy of being “friendly with our friends.” If you wish to get involved, please complete the following form:
For A.A. Members Employed in the Alcoholism Field:
The C.P.C. Committee is available to offer you resources as well! As an AA member who is also employed in a helping profession, you may have certain questions about anonymity, affiliation, and other concerns involving the difference between your job and Alcoholics Anonymous. The A.A. Guidelines for A.A. Members Employed in the Alcoholism Field may be of particular interest available for viewing on aa.org, and we are also available to answer any questions you may have.