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Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)

The Cooperation with the Professional Community, or C.P.C. Committee carries the message of A.A.’s purpose to the professional (medical, legal, judicial, and religious) community through workshops, seminars, and various other activities. Any A.A. member can participate in the C.P.C. activities. We need members to be a part of this golden opportunity to introduce the professionals to A.A.

Origin and Purpose of CPC

“Our Twelfth Step—carrying the message—is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society for alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.”

The A.A. Service Manual, “A.A.’s Legacy of Service” p. S1

C.P.C. came into being as a distinct entity in 1970 when the trustees’ committee was formed as an outgrowth of the Public Information Committee. In 1971, the Conference C.P.C. Committee was established. Today, many local communities, areas, and regions consider C.P.C. an activity separate from public information, treatment or corrections work. In some places, though, there is overlap. Members of C.P.C. committees inform professionals and future professionals about A.A.— what we are, where we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do. They attempt to establish better communication between A.A.s and professionals, and to find simple, effective ways of cooperating without affiliating.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Information for CPC Trusted Servant Volunteers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are several types of activities. Some involve taking presentations about A.A. to members of the professional community but primarily volunteers help carry the message of A.A. by escorting/chaperoning Medical and other Students to meetings of A.A.

  • Minimum of 1 Year Continuous Sobriety
  • Attendance at two (2) Monthly C.P.C. committee meetings
  • Shadow another volunteer at least once

It is strongly suggested that volunteers choose meetings that represent A.A. in the best, most comprehensive way. We have found that this is usually best achieved by escorting students to Speaker Meetings where a member shares their experience as an Alcoholic and then about the solution they found in the program. We discuss this topic in detail during the monthly C.P.C. meeting which are, as a volunteer are encouraged to attend. Email for additional details.