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Client Confidentiality and Your Student

Counseling frequently involves the disclosure of sensitive personal information, and confidentiality is essential to the relationships the Counseling Center establishes and maintains with our clients. The Counseling Center adheres to the laws governing confidentiality in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the mandates of our professional licensing boards. As such, information that a student shares with a Counseling Center staff member will not be disclosed to any outside person or agency without the student's written permission. The only exceptions to this strict policy of confidentiality are those required by law (e.g., where the client is likely to harm himself/herself unless protective measures are taken; where the client presents a serious danger of violence to another; where there is a reasonable suspicion of abuse of children or of an elderly person).

So what does confidentiality mean for parents?

While the Counseling Center understands and appreciates the desire a parent may have to be involved when a student seeks counseling, the confidentiality issues described above do not permit such involvement without the written consent of the student. The Center will not even disclose whether or not a particular student has used our services. However, if you are worried about your student, you are welcome to contact the Counseling Center and share your concerns.