You can rest assured knowing that anything disclosed during any of our counseling sessions will remain completely confidential. Only in the most extreme cases as explained below would there be a need to share information regarding a person, or persons, participating in any of our counseling services.
The student/client signs a written release of information indicating informed consent to such release
The student/client expresses serious intent to harm himself/herself or someone else
There is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse/neglect against a minor child, elderly person (65 or older), or a dependent adult
A subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information.
It is the policy of all our counselors to warrant either (a) privileged communication in the event of #4 or (b) the right to consult with students/clients, if at all possible, barring an emergency, before mandated disclosure in the event of #2 or #3.
Any material or information obtained from a minor may be shared with the client’s parent or guardian, at the discretion of the counselor. Therapy may involve the participation of family members and/or significant persons. However, our counselors cannot guarantee that what is expressed within a group setting will not be divulged by said participants once they have left the counseling session. The UWA counselors can only guarantee client / counselor privilege in regard to the sharing of personal information during the counseling session.