Confidentiality and the Counseling Office

The professional school counselor:
  • Informs the counselee of the purposes, goals, techniques and rules of procedure under which he/she may receive counseling at or before the time when the counseling relationship is entered. Disclosure notice includes confidentiality issues such as the possible necessity for consulting with other professionals, privileged communication, and legal or authoritative restraints. The meaning and limits of confidentiality are clearly defined to counselees through a written and shared disclosure statement.
  • Keeps information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the counselee or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. Counselors will consult with other professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.
  • Discloses information to an identified third party who, by his or her relationship with the counselee, is at high risk of contracting a disease that is commonly known to be communicable and fatal. Prior to disclosure, the counselor will ascertain that the counselee has not already informed the third party about his or her disease and before he/she is not intending to inform the third party in the immediate future.
  • Requests of the court that disclosure not be required when the release of confidential information without a counselee's permission may lead to potential harm to the counselee.
  • Protects the confidentiality of the counselee's records and releases personal data only according to prescribed laws and school policies. Student information maintained in computers is treated with the same care as traditional student records.
  • Protects the confidentiality of information received in the counseling relationship as specified by federal and state laws, written policies, and applicable ethical standards. Such information is only to be revealed to others with the informed consent of the counselee, consistent with the counselor's ethical obligation. In a group setting, the counselor sets a high norm of confidentiality and stresses its importance, yet clearly states that confidentiality in group counseling cannot be guaranteed.
  • School Counseling Office - Responsibilities to Parents

    The professional school counselor:
  • Respects the inherent rights and responsibilities of parents for their children and endeavors to establish a collaborative relationship with parents to facilitate the counselee's maximum development.
  • Adheres to laws and local guidelines when missing parents experiencing family difficulties that interfere with the counselee's effectiveness and welfare.
  • Is sensitive to cultural and social diversity among families and recognizes that all parents, custodial and non-custodial, are vested with certain rights and responsibilities for the welfare of their children by virtue of their role and according to law.
  • Parents and Confidentiality

    The professional school counselor:
  • Informs parents of the counselor's role with emphasis on the confidential nature of the counseling relationship between the counselor and counselee.
  • Provides parents with accurate, comprehensive, and relevant information in an objective and caring manner, as is appropriate and consistent with ethical responsibilities to the counselee.
  • Makes reasonable effort to honor the wishes of parents and guardians concerning information that he/she may share regarding the counselee.