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Distance counseling, also known as Telemental Health, is available by some counselors. This type of counseling allows students to meet with a counselor either by phone or secure online video conferencing. This service was designed for students who may predominantly take online classes or who cannot meet a counselor on either campus location. Distance counseling may be an option for students during unexpected weekday campus closure.
While we make an effort to ensure confidentiality, distance counseling may compromise this in some cases. The nature and use of the internet and phone prevent total guarantee of privacy as we may experience from an office visit. We do use a software program that is HIPAA compliant to offer as much confidentiality as possible.
For students who wish to engage in distance counseling, each will read and sign an Informed Consent for Telemental Health, which will include a student’s contact information and an emergency contact. While some students may find the concept somewhat strange at first, most have positive experiences. To make an appointment, or learn more about the process, contact a counselor directly or contact Counseling@ChattahoocheeTech.edu.
Chattahoochee Tech Statement of Confidentiality
All discussions with a counselor are considered confidential. Counselors and support staff will not share this information with others to include faculty and other staff members without a student’s express permission. Only in the case of an emergency can the information be shared. Information shared includes all records maintained through support services. However, there are limits to confidentiality when a student expresses or implies intent to harm oneself or others.
In other cases, counselors are required by law to break confidentiality if a staff member suspects abuse to a child, an elderly person, or if there is a court order mandating that the office release records to a judge. If you have any questions or concerns regarding confidentiality, please discuss them with your counselor or support staff.
If there is an emergency during our work together, or after termination, in which I become concerned about your personal safety, the possibility of you injuring someone else, or you receiving proper psychiatric care, I will do whatever I can within the limits of the law, to prevent you from injuring yourself or others and to ensure proper medical care is received. For this purpose, I may also contact the police for a home safety check or an emergency contact whose name you have provided.