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Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling. What you share with a counselor is confidential. That is, the counselor is legally and ethically required to maintain confidentiality so as to provide a safe and trusting environment. To disclose any information shared in the course of receiving services, the counselor must obtain permission from the student.

There are specific situations, however, when the counselor is required by law to breach confidentiality; when there is a possibility the student may harm himself/herself, harm someone else, commit a crime, or when subpoenaed by a court of law.

For more information on ethical standards for school counselors, please refer to the document below.

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