Our services are confidential.
When a student enters clinical services, the counseling process involves the disclosure of sensitive personal, private information by clients. Therefore, our staff is committed to make CAPS a safe place for you. Students who come for services can expect confidentiality and privacy.
We will not share information regarding your contact or involvement with us with anyone including friends, roommates, parents, faculty or any other staff of the University. What is discussed with a counselor will stay confidential and private unless:
- You give us written permission to do otherwise;
- It is a matter of saving a life or to prevent harm or injury to one’s self or another;
- We are specifically required by law (as in cases of ongoing child abuse or if ordered by a court).
There are some limits to confidentiality allowed for by law. These limits are designed to aid in the effectiveness of our work with you and to protect clients or others from harm.
Staff Consultations and Supervision. CAPS operates as a team in order to provide the best possible service to clients. Therefore, the staff sometimes confers with each other within the agency only for professional and training purposes only.
Abuse of Children or An Elderly, Disabled or Incompetent Adult. If a staff member has reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 or an elderly, disabled or incompetent adult is being abused or neglected, s/he is legally 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 if you are unwilling or unable to follow treatment recommendations, s/he may be required to disclose certain information to appropriate agencies and individuals in order to insure your safety.
Imminent Harm to Others. If a staff member has reason to believe that you are actually threatening physical violence against another specifically identified person, s/he may be required to take some action (such as notifying the police, notifying the other person, seeking involuntary hospitalization or some combination of these actions) in order to insure the other person’s safety.
Please note: The final three situations discussed above occur very rarely. If they should occur, however, it is CAPS policy that, whenever possible, we will discuss with you any action that is being considered. You should be aware that we are not legally obligated to inform you or to seek your permission in order to act, especially if such a discussion would prevent us from securing your safety and/or the safety of others. If disclosure of confidential information does become necessary, we will release only the information necessary to protect you and/or another person.