Counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive personal information. Any information a client shares with Center staff members is protected by professional ethics and state law. Therefore, no acknowledgment of your status as a client, nor information about your counseling will be released except upon your written permission or as may be required by law. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality which you should be aware of before you begin counseling.
The situations described above are extremely rare. If they should occur, however, it is the Center's 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 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 only the information necessary to protect you and/or another person.
Abuse of Children. If we have reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, we are legally obligated to report this situation to the appropriate state agency.
Harm to Self or Others. If, in our judgment, you are in danger of physically harming yourself or others, putting your health or safety or the health or safety of others at risk, we may be required to disclose clinical information to another person able to help prevent the threat or resolve the crisis that contributes to an unsafe situation. If necessary, we may also seek voluntary or involuntary admission to a hospital to ensure that you or others are not harmed.
- When Required by a Court of Law
Center for Counseling & Student Development
261 Perkins Student Center, Newark, DE 19716