The Counseling and Psychological Services staff adheres to professional, legal, and ethical guidelines set by the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and Pennsylvania law.
In doing so, we maintain confidential records of all counseling. Information about a student’s contact with the office is not released to any other office or individual without the student’s written permission and signature.
The Course of Treatment form can be given to your off campus provider for completion.
Students participating in group counseling agree to keep any information shared confidential.
Information about Leave of Absence and Voluntary Withdrawal is available in the Student Handbook at www.cabrini.edu/Handbook.
Exceptions to Confidentiality
Counselors are mandated to report certain information, which includes possible harm to the client or another person, cases of child abuse, or in the event of a court order.
- Counselors who have reason to suspect, based on professional judgement, that a child has been abused are required to report suspicions, even if that counselor does not see the child in a professional capacity.
- A counselor is mandated to report suspected child abuse if anyone aged 14 or older says that he or she committed child abuse, even if the victim is no longer in danger.
- A counselor is also mandated to report suspected child abuse if anyone indicates that he or she knows of any child who is currently being abused.
Though these situations can happen, they are rare. It is important to remember that a counselor’s primary goal is to provide a safe environment where students feel comfortable to talk about personal concerns.