Confidentiality & Professional Ethics
Confidentiality is an important aspect of mental health counseling (therapy). To enable students/clients to speak freely about their feelings and experiences, what is shared with a counselor is kept private. There are specific situations when a counselor is required by law to breach confidentiality; these situations include when a student indicates a threat of harm to self or others or discloses abuse of a child or of a person who is disabled or elderly. An expressed intent to commit a crime is reportable, and a counselor may disclose confidential information if subpoenaed by a court of law. Any student who sees a counselor at Bristol will be asked to sign an Informed Consent, which outlines student rights and responsibilities in counseling.
It is a violation of professional ethics for more than one counselor to concurrently provide therapy to the same person. Therefore, students may not see both a private therapist and a Bristol counselor for therapy. However, students who are experiencing an immediate emotional or psychiatric crisis should seek the support of Mental Health Counseling at Bristol.