Counseling is confidential. In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients. This means that no identifying information - written or otherwise - about your contact with CAPS/CCVM psychologist will be disclosed to anyone outside CAPS/The CCVM psychologist without your written authorization. This includes: students, faculty, or staff at CCVM, other academic departments, the registrar's office, student health services, and other campus entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them. If you are under the age of 18, please call for information about our confidentiality policy.
Counselors may need to disclose certain information in four general situations:
When you state intent to harm yourself or someone else
When you report current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child
A court order
When mental illness is used as a defense in a criminal or civil action
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