Counseling Services at Penn State Scranton strictly protects the confidentiality of information shared during sessions.
Information about you and your use of counseling services cannot be released to anyone without your written permission.
If you decide to release information, you will be asked to sign a form authorizing this release. This form will specify what we can pass on, to whom, and when.
You may revoke your permission by giving us a written notice.
Limits of Confidentiality
There are exceptions to confidentiality set by Pennsylvania law:
- If you tell your counselor that you intend to cause imminent, life-threatening harm to yourself, the counselor is legally obligated to take whatever actions seem necessary to protect you from harm.
- If you tell your counselor that you intend to do imminent bodily harm to a specific person(s), the law calls for your counselor to inform the authorities and intended victim(s), and to take additional action if necessary.
- If you tell your counselor you were abused as a child, and you are under 18 years of age at the time you tell the counselor, the counselor must report the abuse to Child Protective Services.
- If you are over 18 when you tell the counselor, but there is a child at risk by the same abuser, then the counselor may be required to make a report.
- If you tell your counselor about being sexually assaulted, the counselor is not required to make a report unless you are under 18 at the time you tell the counselor.
- If you tell your counselor about elder abuse, the counselor may be required to make a report.