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Confidentiality Statement

MUN Student Wellness and Counselling Centre
Statement of Confidentiality and Client Records

The Student Wellness and Counselling Centre is dedicated to providing high quality individual and group counselling, career planning, and academic support functions for currently registered students. By maintaining a policy of confidentiality for counselling functions, your privacy is respected and better care is promoted. An important way of insuring confidentiality is to provide you with detailed information regarding our policy on confidentiality and understanding the nature of communications between you and a counsellor and/or counsellor trainee.

The Counselling Centre's faculty, staff, and professionals in training regard your inquiries and counselling discussions as private and confidential. No information of any kind is given to anyone outside of the SWCC unless you specifically request it in writing, except in one or more of the situations listed below:

  • serious immediate threat to your life or welfare
  • serious immediate threat to the life or welfare of another person
  • suspicion of child abuse (children under the age of 16)
  • report of imminent danger to the community at large
  • court subpoenas

No one outside the SWCC staff may have access to your records and no one outside the Counselling Centre may be given information without your written consent. Counselling records are maintained separately from general health records. Access to records by the Counselling Centre staff is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know.

Counselling records are available for your review with your counsellor. Information conveyed to the SWCC by someone other than clients is not considered confidential and may be shared. There may be times when the SWCC may need to contact you or respond to you via voice mail, facsimile machine, cellular phone, email, and/or answering machine, unless you instruct us otherwise. It is important, however, for you to realize there is the potential that these messages could be inadvertently received or overheard by an unintended third party.

At your request, your counsellor will clarify the purpose of any specific procedure or intervention. The risks, benefits, and reasonable alternatives to therapy will be explained to you by your counsellor if you wish.

If you have any questions on confidentiality or other procedures, please bring them to the attention of your counsellor. The SWCC encourages you to help us maintain high quality care through your active participation and knowledge.