Student Counseling Center
Scope of Services, Policies & Confidentiality
We understand that counseling is a very private matter, and we take seriously our responsibility to maintain confidentiality in counseling. Therefore, we do not confirm or deny who we see — your anonymity is maintained and we do not disclose anything that is said in a counseling session. There are two exceptions: in the case where child abuse or elder abuse needs to be reported and in the case where there is imminent threat of harm to yourself or someone else. It is also important that we ensure high standards of care. For this reason the Director of Counseling has access to client records and routinely consults with the other counselors. In addition, if a referral is needed, your counselor may provide relevant information. Any release of information about your counseling to any outside person or agency requires written permission from you.
Sometimes parents or professors contact us about a student they are concerned with. Our practice is to listen to these concerns but not to offer any information about our clients without their knowledge and written permission. Your counselor will talk with you if he or she feels that it is in your best interest to communicate with someone of support about your counseling. If, with your written permission, your counselor talks with others about your treatment, he or she will only discuss issues relevant to the person’s involvement with you, and will tell you when the conversation occurred and what was said.
FAQ for prospective clients