All contacts with a counselor in Counseling Services are covered by the Ethical Standards for School Counselors. This means that any information disclosed during your contact with a counselor will be kept strictly confidential. In some cases, legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student. Here are three situations when counselors are required to release information:
1. If a minor child is at risk of being abused or neglected, a counselor would be required to report that information to the appropriate agency to assure the safety of the child.
2. If a student presents an imminent risk of serious injury to self, the counselor would take action to assure your safety, releasing only the information needed to do this.
3. If you threaten serious harm to another person, the counselor would have to take action to protect the other person, releasing only the information necessary to assure the person’s safety.
If you have any questions about confidentiality, please contact the ICTC Campus Director.