• Confidentiality Statement, & Electronic Transmission Disclaimer

    Confidentiality promotes a more genuine and supportive counseling experience. Counseling tends to be most effective when a student can share thoughts and feelings without concern that this information will be shared outside of a session. As a school-related counselor/ school psychologist, 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 psychologist 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:

    Although it may be a convenient way of communication, email communications are not for emergency use and may lack confidentiality. It is not a secure medium; therefore, the confidentiality of email messages cannot be guaranteed. Please use discretion when sending information that is sensitive in nature. Also, please be aware that I do not maintain 24 hour access to email accounts and it may not be checked after regular business hours.