It is necessary to keep records of services in order to ensure
adherence to standards of care and to fulfill legal and ethical
requirements. However, no information about counseling is released
to anyone outside of the SCS without a student's written
authorization. Not only is this the policy of SCS, it is also
required by law. The SCS makes no record of visits on academic
transcripts or placement files. In this regard, the Dean's office
and CVM faculty and staff do not have any access to SCS records.
However, there are some limits to confidentiality. In these rare
cases, the law may allow or even require a therapist to protect a
client or a third party. Limits to confidentiality include the
- When there is the risk of imminent harm to themselves or
another person, therapists have an ethical duty to do whatever is
necessary to protect life.
- When any individual has reason to believe that a child or
mentally disabled person or an elderly person is in danger of or is
being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, that individual
is obligated by law to report such abuse to the proper
- Therapists are required by law to report incidences of sexual
misconduct on the part of other therapists.
- In Texas, there is no confidentiality in criminal
Additionally, the Vet Counselor may consult at times with other professional staff members of the
SCS for the purpose of providing the best possible service.
These colleagues are bound by the same limits of