A psychologist/counselor must preserve the confidentiality of information obtained from a client in the course of therapy/counseling. This means that all communications between a client and psychologist are protected by law and cannot be released to anyone, within or outside the College, without your written consent.
The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services are required by law to maintain the privacy of all information received during the course of therapy, which is considered confidential. We will not release any confidential information obtained in the course of therapy without your written permission. Your records are maintained separately from your academic records. Your files are never shared with anyone, in or out of the College except in very rare circumstances that are outlined below.
There are three basic exceptions to your right to confidentiality:
- If there is an indication that you may be an imminent danger to yourself or others, we may be required to share information about you and take necessary steps to protect your safety and the welfare of others.
- We are also required by state law to report any suspicion of current child abuse or neglect, and abuse or neglect of the elderly.
- Records must be released pursuant to a valid court order. If we receive a valid court order or subpoena to release your records, we will make every effort to contact you and inform you. You need to be aware that in criminal actions, it is possible we will not be able to keep your records confidential.
For more information on Counseling and Psychological Services’ confidentiality policies, view Counseling and Psychological Services' Informed Consent (PDF) Paperwork.