It is your choice whether or not to discuss your use of personal counseling with family, friends or Middlesex Community College faculty/staff. Other than the personal counselor you see, no one will have access to your counseling information without your signed written consent. These records will not become part of your educational records at MCC, and no other department in the College has access to our records. Even the fact that you have visited Personal Counseling and Consultation Services will not be shared with anyone, inside or outside Middlesex, without your permission.
There are several exceptions to confidentiality allowed by Massachusetts state law. These exceptions include situations in which you are assessed to be a danger to yourself or others, or if you disclose that a child, disabled person, or an elderly person is being abused. In these situations, personal counselors have a legal obligation to inform the appropriate authorities.
Detailed information about confidentiality will be discussed during your first counseling session. If you have questions or concerns about this policy don't hesitate to bring them up with your personal counselor.