Peru State College Counseling Center Consent for Counseling

Peru State College Counseling Center Consent for Counseling

Counseling provides an opportunity for individuals to learn to make better decisions, improve personal skills, develop increased confidence, overcome blocks to personal effectiveness, and acquire a keener awareness and appreciation of their needs and the needs of others. Counseling will involve exploring and expressing feelings, examining beliefs and ways of thinking, reflecting on patterns of behavior, and working toward making healthy changes.

Your first visit will include a brief period of time discussing your present concerns to determine how the Counseling Center services can best help you. Counseling may consist of individual, couples, or group counseling or possibly a referral to another office on campus or an off-campus service that may be more appropriate to your needs.

If it is mutually decided that additional individual sessions are needed, an appointment will be set for this purpose. Counseling sessions are typically scheduled weekly and last forty-five to fifty minutes. During an early visit with your counselor, you will work on establishing goals for counseling.

Students are welcome to drop in to see the counselor, or set up regular appointments at their convenience.
If you are unable to make your appointment at the scheduled time, please consider the counselor’s as well as other students’ time and contact your counselor to cancel the appointment as far in advance as possible.

Confidentiality and Records
Counseling often involves sharing sensitive, personal, and private information. Recognizing this, laws and ethical guidelines require that all interactions with the Counseling Center, including content of your sessions, your records, scheduling of or attendance at appointments, and progress in counseling are confidential. Counselors within the Peru State College Counseling Center may consult with one another and/or the Counseling Center supervisor (Dean of Student Life and/or Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs) if needed, and those consultations will also remain confidential. Additionally, confidentiality will be maintained if a Counselor has a Clinical Supervisor and needs to be consulted for effective counseling. The Counseling Center maintains documentation of service use, and all records are the property of Peru State College; however, no record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file. Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation Team (CARE Team) is an extension of Counseling Services. If there are concerns related to your safety and/or the safety of the campus community, relevant information can and will be shared with this confidential group.

Exceptions to Confidentiality
For the vast majority of clients, no exceptions to confidentiality are made. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality that you should know about before you begin counseling:

• If there is reason to believe that an individual poses a clear and imminent danger of harm to self and/or others, a counselor is legally required to report this information to the proper authorities. Appropriate college, medical and/or law enforcement personnel will be notified to ensure the safety of the client and the community.

• Counselors are required to report physical and sexual abuse of minors or the elderly to the State Department of Social Services.

• A court-ordered subpoena can require the Counseling Center to release information contained in records or require a counselor to testify in a court hearing.