Client Confidentiality and its Importance
Because of the strict laws regarding confidentiality, all sessions with a counselor are kept in confidence between you and the counseling center staff. Staff members of the Counseling Center believe confidentiality is the foundation of successful therapy. Trust is essential and allows clients to be open and honest. You should also know that records of your visits to the center do not become a part of your academic records, nor are they made available to anyone outside of the counseling center staff. All sessions are kept in strict confidence between you and the counseling center staff. Even the fact that you attend counseling is considered confidential information. Counselors may not disclose any information about you to ANYONE without your explicit written permission except for some very specific circumstances which are outlined below:
- If the counselor determines that you may be a danger to yourself either through suicide or you are so mentally confused that you cannot or will not take care of yourself, then the counselor might talk to significant others in your life such as friends, faculty, parents, or other family members to mobilize support. Other student services personnel at Moravian and the campus police might be notified to help protect you. In addition, municipal police and/or the local county crisis intervention team might be requested to assist.
- If the counselor believes you are a threat to another person, the counselor is required to warn the intended or potential victim and to notify legal and/or Moravian College authorities. In addition, municipal police might be requested to assist.
- A counselor is mandated by law to report any suspected physical and/or sexual abuse of a minor, an elder, or a person of a vulnerable population.
- The counselor and/or his or her records are subpoenaed or court ordered by a judge.
As a counseling center client, you have the right to access your own records. Client records are destroyed seven years following the last visit to the center