Counseling Department

MISSION STATEMENT

The Quail Hollow Middle School Counseling Department will provide a comprehensive program, which is developmentally appropriate, and focuses on leadership skills, social/emotional needs, academic support, and college/career readiness. As professional school counselors and advocates, we will strive to remove all barriers to ensure all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and/or religion have equal access to counseling services to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders, our goal is to promote a commitment to lifelong learning and to empower students on the P.A.T.H. to becoming responsible and productive 21st century global leaders.
 
 

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
  • To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
  • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
  • To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
  • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
  • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
  • To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
  • To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
  • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)
 
Learn more about the Counseling Department here.