The staff at the Counseling Center adheres to professional, legal and ethical guidelines set forth by the American Counseling Association and Alabama State Law. In doing so, we maintain confidential records of all counseling. This means that information about your contact with the Counseling Center does not go on your academic record, nor is it released to any other office or individual without your permission and signature on a written release form. However, there are some rare exceptions to confidentiality.

Counselors are mandated to report certain information:

  • Possible harm to the client
  • Possible harm to another person
  • Cases of child or elder abuse
  • In the event of a court order

While these situations can happen, they are very rare. It is important to remember that your counselor's primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which you will feel comfortable to talk about your personal concerns.

The counseling staff at the Counseling Center operates as a team. Therefore, from time to time, your counselor may consult with other staff members or receive supervision from a clinical supervisor. These consultations are for professional and training purposes only and are aimed at providing the best possible care for all clients.