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Confidentiality and Mission Statement

Confidentiality Policy

In accordance with law, what a client discusses with his or her therapist is kept strictly confidential unless the client provides written permission to release information to other parties. However, there are limited exceptions where information can be legally and ethically released without the client’s consent or authorization.

The exceptions include:

(1) If the client presents as an imminent threat or danger to himself or herself, his or her therapist is permitted to release information necessary for the purpose of his or her protection (such as contacting family members, emergency contacts, the police, University officials, and/or seeking hospitalization);

(2) Where an imminent threat of physical violence or harm exists, the therapist may take action which may include notifying the potential victim(s), the police, University officials, family members, emergency contacts, or seeking hospitalization;

(3) Where abuse or neglect of children (persons who are currently under the age of 18), the elderly (age 65 or older), or disabled/incompetent individuals is known or reasonably suspected, the therapist must file a report with the appropriate state agency;

(4) In court proceedings, a judge may require through a court order the release of the records and/or the therapist’s testimony.

(5) In the event the client or a legal representative of the client files a lawsuit against the UNG Student Counseling Center or therapist, the client’s records and/or therapist’s testimony may be released to the involved parties; and may be used to defend the UNG Student Counseling Center or therapist.

Mission Statement

The Office of Student Counseling complements the academic experience of the student body by facilitating healthy personal, social, and intellectual development of our students. Life circumstances, trauma, skills deficits, and/or mental health problems may at times interfere with a student's ability to successfully achieve important academic and life goals. Counseling center staff help students to identify their problems, manage their emotions, learn new problem-solving skills, and successfully meet academic, social, and life challenges. Counseling staff provide exceptional direct services, training, and outreach programs, including:

  • diagnostic evaluation, counseling and psychotherapy, group therapy, referral, and advocacy;
  • developmental, preventative, and restorative counseling;
  • experiential workshops on essential life skills (i.e., assertiveness, stress management, study skills, relationships, sleep hygiene, etc.); and
  • consultation, education, and training services to campus leaders, campus groups, and the University community.

Discrimination Policy

The staff of Student Counseling seeks to promote human welfare. Consistent with this principle, we believe that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. We value acceptance and appreciation for all differences among people including those of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, functional ability, socio-economic status, age, religious or spiritual identification, and other characteristics that comprise identity. We strive to provide respectful treatment to students of any background. We believe that valuing cultural diversity facilitates human growth and development and enhances the quality of life on campus and in our community. Therefore, we are committed to enhancing the awareness and understanding of cultural diversity, incorporating this philosophy into our professional activities and clinical services.

If you are a victim of sexual/gender orientation discrimination or sexual assault, you can talk to one of our counselors about your options to keep safe and the choice of filing a Title IX complaint.

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