All client contacts and information obtained in the course of treatment is confidential. No information will be released without written authorization from the client, except in the rare cases of imminent danger or as required by law when there is a suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse or a court order. This is in keeping with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and state and federal laws.
In certain circumstances with the permission of the client, others may be notified about particular aspects of treatment to guarantee coordination of those services with other health care providers. Also, others may be notified, again, with the permission of the client, if the counselor and client determine that it would be helpful to the client in the course of their growth and recovery.
The confidentiality parameters do not preclude a concerned other, such as parent or professor, from consulting with a professional staff member at the Counseling Center about their observations about a student. The Counseling Center staff member can provide assistance related to problem detection, intervention, and referral without breaching a client’s confidence.