Information shared by you in a counseling session will be kept in strict confidence.
The Career and Professional Development Center staff operates as a team in order to provide the best possible services to students. Therefore we may confer, consult, and collaborate within the department to best serve you. These communications are for professional and/or training purposes only. Information will not be disclosed outside of the Career and professional Development Center without your written permission, with the exception of the following:
Abuse of Children. If a staff member has to believe that a child under the age of 18 being abused or neglected, she/he is obligated to report this situation to the appropriate state agency.
Imminent Harm to Self. If a staff member has reason to believe that you are in danger of physically harming yourself, and you are unwilling or unable to follow treatment recommendations, she/he may have an involuntary referral to a hospital/or contact a family member or another person who may be able to protect you.
Imminent Harm to Others. If a staff member has reason to believe that you are seriously threatening physical violence against another person, or if you have a history of physically violent behavior, he/she may be required to take action (such as contacting the police, notifying the other person, seeking involuntary hospitalization, or some combination of these actions) to insure that other person is protected.
The exception to confidentiality is extremely rare. However, if it should occur, it is the Center's policy that, whenever possible, we will discuss with you any action that is being considered. Legally, we are not obligated to seek your permission, especially if such a discussion would prevent us from securing your safety, or the safety of others. If disclosure of confidential information does become necessary, we will release the information necessary to protect your and/or another person's physical safety.
If you have any questions or concerns, please inform your career counselor during the intake process.