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Confidentiality / Privacy
Confidentiality is your security that the information you share with your therapist is safe and secure. While you are free to disclose your personal information to whomever you wish, confidentiality provides you security that we will not share your personal information with others.
Since the PSC is a training facility, your therapist participates in group supervision during which information may be exchanged with a supervisor and other student clinicians bound by the same rules of confidentiality as your counselor.
There are some situations where the PSC may have to break confidentiality, though these situations are rare:
- If there is a reason to suspect that a child is abused or neglected
- If there is a reason to suspect that a vulnerable adult, such as those with developmental disabilities or mental illness, is abused, neglected, or exploited
- If a client threatens serious harm to others
- If a client threatens to harm themselves
If a situation arises where confidentiality needs to be broken, the PSC will make every effort to discuss this with you and will limit the disclosure to what is necessary.
Release of information forms are generally utilized in situations where you request that we share information in your records with external (entities outside of PSC) sources. A copy of this form can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
There are other exceptions to confidentiality, and these can be reviewed by clicking on the link to our Consent for Services Form below (search for CONFIDENTIALITY):
How we Protect your Information
At PSC, we believe that your personal experiences and those documented in your clinical record, deserve the utmost security. We have a unique training environment, and this requires ongoing dedication to training and practice in confidentiality procedures. Our staff, therapists, and supervisors are trained in confidentiality guidelines. We have also taken extra steps and measures to ensure that your information remains confidential within our unique atmosphere.
All files are kept under double lock and key, and are available to your therapist, their supervisor, and the staff that administrate the clinic, and are ONLY available on an as-needed basis. While cases are staffed with teams of therapists, limited identifying information is discussed, and when there may be conflicts of interest, these cases are staffed individually or assigned specifically to avoid conflicts.
All staff, therapists, supervisors, and individuals who work at the PSC are required to know and practice professional guidelines related to confidentiality, and our policies specifically state that a violation of these codes would result in loss of practice privileges.
It is important that you do realize, because of our unique training atmosphere, supervisors and clinical faculty MAY have access to your records in order to effectively train and supervise your therapist (Graduate Student Clinician). The Director of the PSC may also have access to your records.