Confidentiality

Confidentiality

The Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) adheres to both the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Laws and Rules of the State of Florida. The information shared during the counseling process will be kept strictly confidential, except for those reasons required by law. These exceptions include the following:

  1. When there is a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Information will only be shared with a person or organization that is able to help prevent or reduce the threat.
  2. When there is suspected abuse or neglect of a child, elderly person, resident of an institution, or a disabled person.
  3. As a result of any lawsuit against the counselor and/or legal/court proceedings.
  4. If a law enforcement official requires to do so.
  5. When you (the client) explicitly request in writing that information be shared with a third party.

(ACA Code of Ethics [2005], Section B.2; Chapter 491, state of Florida law governing the practice of Clinical, Counseling, and Psychotherapy Services [2010], Section 491.0147)

Video Monitoring

All sessions are recorded and monitored by closed circuit TV. A faculty member and/or advanced graduate student learning clinical supervision skills will observe the counseling session. Your counselor (a graduate student) will receive consultation and suggestions from the supervisor(s) reviewing the sessions. These activities are intended to ensure that you receive the highest level of quality care.

For Minor Clients (under the age of 18):

The counselors and staff of the CCC respect the rights of parents/legal guardians. Confidentiality cannot be given without the permission of our minor client's parents/legal guardians. Often in a counseling environment, a child/adolescent will not share sensitive information with a counselor if the counselor were to disclose all communications to a parent/legal guardian. Due to this issue, the CCC requests that you to permit your child to have a confidential relationship with the counselor assigned to them.

If the CCC, or you, want to use or disclose (e.g., send, share, release) your confidential information for any other purposes, we will discuss this with you and ask you to sign an Authorization form to allow the release of information. Please refer to the Client Information and Consent for Treatment form for additional information about the confidentiality of your records. This form will be given to you at your first counseling session.

Records Request

The CCRC is a training facility and all counselors staffed at the CCRC are students and are not licensed clinicians. Because of the status of our counselors, the CCRC retains all rights to videotaped sessions, clinical notes and diagnoses and they will be used for educational purposes only. The CCRC will not provide clients with diagnoses, clinical notes, court mandated paperwork, work, school or academic assessments or disability assessments. The CCRC will only provide clients with a treatment summary letter by request.