During my Introduction to the School Counselor Lessons (which will be given to EVERY student in the school,) students will learn about Confidentiality. As a school counselor, I am responsible for keeping the information that I discuss with students confidential. This means that in MOST CASES, I will not share specific information about my work with students with parents, teachers, or other interested parties unless I have the student's permission to do so. HOWEVER, I also make it clear to students that there are three instances in which I would be REQUIRED to break confidentiality and take appropriate actions to ensure the student's safety.
If a student shares:
1. They are wanting to hurt someone.
2. They are wanting to hurt themselves.
3. Someone is hurting them- As a mandated reporter, I am REQUIRED to make a report to Child Protective Services if a student shares that there is any type of abuse or neglect in the home.
According to the American School Counselor Association's Ethics:
A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons.
Please view full article here: http://http://schoolcounselor.org/magazine/blogs/january-february-2008/what-parents-need-to-know-about-confidentiality