• Informed Consent & 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
    • Information that you give me permission to share with a trusted adult

     

    While it is important that a student's conversations with a school counselor be kept confidential, confidentiality does have its limitations.  According to the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors, counselors must "keep information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student."

     

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

     

    • Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse
    • Neglect
    • A desire to harm him/herself
    • A desire to harm someone else
    • An unreported sexual assault