The college experience impacts every student, and it is likely to alter family dynamics as well. There may be times when parents and family members feel anxious, frustrated, or challenged by events in a student’s life. Sometimes, these events may involve the student’s health or well-being.
Entering counseling is a personal choice, although information and encouragement may benefit students who are unsure. The following points may help:
All counseling contacts are strictly confidential in accordance with Florida state privacy laws. Counseling records are not available to anyone, either on or off campus, without the student’s specific written permission. The only time confidentiality will be broken is in the case of a life threatening situation: when a student is at risk of harming him or herself, or someone else, or when there is reason to believe a child, elderly person, or disabled person is being abused. Confidentiality may also be broken if there is a court order mandated that records be released. Note: Counseling notes are not part of a student’s University records.