Policy on Confidentiality
All records in the Counseling and Resource Center (CRC) are personal and confidential. This information can only be released outside the center with your written consent. Privacy of your records and anonymity extends to situations where a client is referred to the CRC by a faculty member, administrator or friend. Except under certain circumstances (listed below), no parent, academic dean, instructor or future employer will know of a student's use of the CRC.
Counseling records are not a part of the educational record. We keep separate records from other administrative documents kept on campus and notations about counseling are not made on a student's official college record.
Client confidentiality is protected under Washington law (RCW 18.19.180) and information cannot be released except, for example, in the following situations:
- When the client signs a written consent (Release of Information) for information to be shared.
- When the counselor has reasonable cause to believe that physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child, dependent adult, or developmentally disabled person has occurred or might occur, the counselor is legally required to report the situation to the authorities (WAC 246-810-060).
- If the client presents as a danger to self or others, the law mandates reporting to a legal authority.
- If the counselor is served with a court-ordered subpoena, the counselor must testify. If charges are brought by the client against the counselor, the professional can, in his/her defense, discuss what occurred in counseling.
On occasion a counselor may consult with another counseling professional in order to provide you with the best possible service and ethical treatment.
For more information on the confidentially policy, contact Sheryl Copeland, M.A.Ed., LMHC, Director, Counseling and Resource Center, at email@example.com or 425.640.1797.