Counselors are required to follow the profession's ethical guidelines and Florida law regarding confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality are listed below and a client may sign an authorization for release of information to waive confidentiality. For example, students may wish to their parents know that they are meeting with a counselor. The client controls what and how much information is provided. If a parent, friend or school administrator makes an inquiry regarding a particular student, the counselors can neither confirm nor deny that the student is a client of CAPS. Counselors will not divulge a counseling relationship to anyone including school officials, administrators or friends without the client's prior consent. We follow the state, federal and HIPAA laws regarding documentation and electronic files. Florida law provides the following exceptions to confidentiality:
Clients are provided with documentation explaining confidentiality at the time of their appointment.