Because of the sensitive and personal nature of counseling services, all services are strictly confidential. This means that nothing that you share with your counselor, or even that you have made an appointment with a counselor, is revealed to anyone outside of the Counseling Center without your written consent. We do not disclose names or other identifying information about our clients to any person, including family or college officials, without consent.
In an effort to provide the highest quality service to our students, your counselor may find it necessary to consult with other Counseling Center staff about your work together. The Counseling Center is comprised of staff who specialize in personal counseling and disability services. Our entire clinical staff, comprised of personal counselors, disability counselors, and graduate interns may be included in this group consultation.
Yes. There are some situations in which we are legally mandated to breach confidentiality. These include the following:
No. No information about your contact with the Counseling Center is kept in your permanent academic or financial record held by the College.
Counselors are unable to release any information about you without your consent. Therefore, if you feel that it is necessary or would be helpful for your counselor to talk with someone else (e.g. faculty, family, medical professionals, etc.), you have the option of signing an Authorization Form. This legal document will enable your counselor to discuss any matter of your choosing with a specified person.
In addition to the policies about confidentiality listed above, students requesting counseling services will be asked to read and sign our Statement of Understanding each academic year. This document describes Counseling Center policies & procedures, as well as confidentiality. Your counselor will review this document in detail in your first meeting each academic year. Please be sure to direct any questions that you may have to any of the Counseling Center staff.
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phone: (919) 760-8427