• Mr. Steve Siebelts

    Contact Information, Confidentiality Statement, & Electronic Transmission Disclaimer

     

    Contact Information:

    Steve Siebelts, MSW

    ssiebelts@bhpsnj.org

    345 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

    Phone: 908-464-3100 ext. 2413

     

    Confidentiality promotes a more advantageous counseling experience; counseling tends to be most helpful when a student can share thoughts and feelings without concern that such will be shared outside of a session. As a school-related counselor/ school social worker, I value confidentiality and will not release and/or discuss information with any other students or staff members without the student’s permission. However, there are some exceptions related to the safety and well-being of a student or others, as well as, with school procedures. If counseling is provided through an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), I am required to share certain information with other Child Study Team (CST) members (e.g., case manager), all of whom will use the information as mandated for special education programming guidelines. As an Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS), I also am required to share information with building administration and the school district's Anti-Bullying Coordinator (ABC) if my role is part of a Harassment, Intimidation &/or Bullying (HIB) investigation. Specific limits to confidentiality are listed below. 

    Reasons a school-related counselor/ school social worker may break confidentiality with a student are:
    1. When a student states he or she wants to harm him or herself.
    2. When the student reports he or she wants to harm someone else.
    3. When a student reports sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect.
    4. When a student reports harassment, intimidation or bullying.
    5. When a student is found with the possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons.
    6. When a student is suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    7. Other situations where the student and/or others are in danger. If another situation arises that necessitates sharing information, the student will be informed as to why at such time.
      
    Please contact me if you have any questions regarding limits of confidentiality.  In addition, it is important to note that email is not a confidential means of communication.
      
    Electronic Transmission Disclaimer