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School Counselor Confidentiality

According to American School Counseling Association (A.2.c, 2010), 

Counselors recognize the complicated nature of confidentiality in schools and consider each case in context.

Counselors keep information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student.

Serious and foreseeable harm is different for each minor in schools and is defined by students’ developmental and chronological age, the setting, parental rights and the nature of the harm.

School counselors consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.