When is a Counselor not a Counselor: Resolving Confidentiality Issues for College Counselors, Faculty, and Administrators

A NASPA & ASCA Webinar:

Date: Friday, October 1, 2010
Time: 12:30 am – 2:00 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum (view map)
RSVP: Please RSVP prior to September 30, 2010 to Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Webinar Overview

In today’s college environment, the term “counselor” and “counseling” have taken on many meanings. Academic, Career, Personal, Disability Services and Mental Health treatment are just a few of the roles and areas that muddy the water in dealing with students’ information. Add to that the mandated or encouraged reporting to Behavioral Intervention Teams, Threat Assessment Teams, and Student Conduct Offices, and the potential for an ethical, moral and legal mess increase for those who serve students (and sometimes faculty and staff) in grey areas regarding confidentiality, privilege and privacy. This webinar will help these professionals answer the questions that arise when FERPA, HIPAA, licensure requirements and potential personal, professional, and institutional liability seem to be in conflict.

After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • better understand how FERPA, HIPAA, and privilege intersect on their campus;
  • identify who are the counselors on their campus and what level of privilege applies to each;
  • examine and refine job descriptions, procedures and protocols to accomplish institutional goals and missions while complying with the laws regarding confidentiality; and
  • improve communication between staff and Behavioral Intervention Teams/Threat Assessment Teams on campus, as well as other campus partners.

Featured Speaker:

W. Scott Lewis, JD
President, Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)
Partner, National Center for Higher Education Risk Management
General Counsel, Saint Mary’s College

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