• Informed Consent and Confidentiality Notice

     

    Everything said in my office is confidential...

     

    EXCEPT: 

     

    Thoughts of harming yourself

    Thoughts of harming others

    Abuse or neglect that has not been reported 

    Situations where you are putting your life at risk

     

    Confidentiality is an ethical term denoting a counseling practice relevant to privacy.  A student who has a counseling relationship with a school counselor has the right to privacy and the promise of confidentiality.  Exceptions to confidentiality exist, and students should be informed that situations arise in which school counselors must inform others of information obtained in counseling relationships in order to protect students themselves or others.  Privileged communication between a school counselor and a student is a legal term granting privilege to a counseling relationship only if said “privilege” is granted by federal or state statue. If “privilege” applies it can provide additional safeguards to confidential information.

     The most frequent type of breaches include a student verbalizing the following:

    1)      Verbal, Physical or Sexual Abuse

    2)      Neglect

    3)      A desire to harm him/herself

    4)      A desire to harm someone else

    5)      An unreported sexual assault

    That being said, parents have a right to know about the difficult choices their children are faced with on a daily basis, and I encourage my students to have those tough conversations with their parents whenever possible.  I am happy to help faciliatate those interactions if it makes the student more comfortable. 

    Reference:

    American School Counselor Association. Ethical Standards for School Counselors. American School Counselor Association, n.d. Web. 19 March 2013. <http://www.counselors.k12.sd.us/ethics.html>