Counseling staff will respect the privacy of clients and will, within certain limits, hold in confidence the fact that the client is involved in counseling and all information obtained in the counseling relationship. With the exceptions described below, counselors will reveal information about a client only with the informed consent of the client.
At times, the counselor needs to discuss with other professionally trained counselors the work they do with clients. The counselors will not routinely inform clients of these consultation discussions, but will do so if sharing ideas gleaned from consultation would be valuable to the counseling process. You will be asked to sign a release of information form authorizing your counselor to share information about your counseling to these professionals. If you have reservations about authorizing this release of information, you may discuss your concerns with your counselor prior to beginning counseling.
There are certain situations in which information about clients may be released without their permission. These situations are as follows:
In the preceding situations, the counselor will, whenever possible, first discuss the disclosure of information with the client. The counselor will provide reasons why the disclosure is appropriate and necessary and will attempt to secure the client's permission to release information. However, should the client fail to give permission, the counselor must proceed to release the information even without the client's consent. In some emergency situations there may not be an opportunity to discuss disclosure of informations with the client before the counselor actually makes the disclosure.