The counseling services at Central Penn College are provided by staff members who are dedicated to providing high-quality, individual counseling. By maintaining a policy of confidentiality for counseling functions, your privacy is respected and better care is promoted. An important way of ensuring confidentiality is to provide you with detailed information regarding our policy on confidentiality so you can understand the nature of communications between you and a counselor.
Counseling services' staff regards your inquiries and counseling discussions as private and confidential. No information of any kind is given to anyone outside of the counselor and staff unless you specifically request it in writing, except in one or more of the situations listed below.
- serious immediate threat to your life or welfare
- serious immediate threat to the life or welfare of another person
- suspicion of child abuse (children under the age of 18)
- report of imminent danger to the community at large
- court subpoenas
No one outside counseling services may have access to your records or given information without your written consent. Access to records by counseling services' staff is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know. The counselor will make all efforts to protect the confidentiality of your written and electronic records, and other sensitive information.
Counseling records are available for your review with your counselor. Information conveyed to counseling services by someone other than you are not considered confidential and may be shared. The counselor may need to contact you or respond to you via voicemail, email, virtual face-to-face, fax, cellular phone, email, and/or answering machine unless you instruct us otherwise. All efforts are made to respect for confidentiality in all types of interactions.
Information solicited by your counselor is for your benefit and for treatment.
At your request, your counselor will clarify the purpose of any specific procedure or intervention. The risks, benefits, and reasonable alternatives to therapy will be explained to you by your counselor if you wish.
If you have any questions on confidentiality or other procedures, please bring them to the attention of your counselor.