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.