Counseling and Wellness Center staff is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the information shared with us. We know that in order for a person to do the healing work of therapy, he or she must trust a counselor with very private and sensitive information. Counselors adhere to state laws, ethical principles, and codes of conduct required by their degrees, licenses, and professional organizations. Confidentiality is a key requirement of adherence.
All information concerning utilization of our services is confidential. Confidential information cannot be released to any party without the student’s written consent, except under the following circumstances:
If the student is determined to be in imminent danger of harming him/herself or someone else, counselors will take necessary protective measures that may involve releasing information to parents, police officers, or hospital staff.
If a counselor suspects abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of minors or vulnerable adults, he or she must comply with state laws that require reporting to appropriate agencies.
If a student’s counselor is served with a subpoena or court order, he or she may be required to give information to a judge or a court of law. New Hampshire state law also indicates that parents/legal guardians of minor clients may have access to their clinical record.
A counselor may be working on a graduate degree and, as a consequence, is being supervised by a senior member of the staff in order to provide the highest quality treatment. A student under his/her care will be provided any information requested concerning the purpose and scope of such supervision.