Confidentiality

 

The counseling relationship between students and the school counselor requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence. Students must trust the school counselor in order to be able to enter into a meaningful and honest dialogue and build a good relationship.

Confidentiality is broken only when there is a concern about self-harm, if a student is being harmed by another person or wants to harm another person, or if there is a court order that requires a breach of confidentiality. Students are always informed of these exceptions. 

Sometimes it is necessary to speak to a teacher, parent or another individual about something of which a student is concerned in order to resolve an issue. If so, the student will be informed and will determine whether or not that is a desirable action to be taken.