Confidentiality is an essential part of the counseling relationship.All aspects of your participation as a client of the Counseling Center,including the fact that you have scheduled an appointment, the contentof your counseling sessions, and your client record are consideredprivileged information that is protected by federal and state law. Ourrecords in the Counseling Center are entirely separate from youracademic or any other administrative records at Furman. Counselingrecords cannot be disclosed to faculty, administrators, or anynon-Counseling Center staff without the client’s written permission.
Limits of confidentiality
In most cases, your written and signed authorization is required beforeinformation concerning your counseling can be disclosed to individualsoutside of the Counseling Center. However, the law dictates certainexceptions to the requirement of signed authorization before release ofinformation. Some of these exceptions are listed below:
- If a Counseling Center professional staff person believes that you are likely to harm yourself or another person, he or she may be required to take action to protect you or others by contacting Furman Student Life senior administration, parents, medical professionals or law enforcement officers.
- If a Counseling Center professional staff person learns that a child or an elderly or disabled person has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect, the clinician may be required to report this abuse to the appropriate state agency.
- In rare instances involving court cases, a court may order the release of confidential information considered pertinent to the proceedings.
- If you are a minor (under the age of 18), your parents or legal guardians may have rights to counseling records.
If you have any questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to speak with a Counseling Center clinician.