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Confidentiality and Eligibility for Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling Confidentiality 

United States confidentiality and privacy laws for mental health legislate the strictest enforcement of client-therapist confidentiality. Counseling and Wellness clinical staff are licensed in the United States or are supervised by clinical staff licensed in the United States.  These laws are congruent with professional ethical standards and counseling and  psychological services are strictly confidential. Use of counseling and psychological services via NU-Q Counseling and Wellness is in no way indicated on the student's academic transcript and counseling records are kept separately from the student's educational and/or medical records. No one outside of Counseling and Wellness may receive information about a student's counseling without the student's written permission except under rare circumstances related to safety and welfare, or where regulated by law.

All members of the Northwestern University community should be free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.  Northwestern University Office of Equity provides resources and support for students who may have experienced discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct (even if that person does not want an investigation).  Counseling and Wellness is a confidential resource and can provide survivors with information about support services and their options.  Confidential resources will not disclose information about incidents of sexual misconduct to anyone, including law enforcement or the University, except in very limited situations, such as when failure to disclose the information would result in imminent danger to the individual or to others.  Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential counselor does not constitute a report or complaint to the University and will not result in a response or intervention by the University.  Find additional information regarding filing a report, confidential resources, or medical or safety assistance here.

Counseling and Wellness clinical staff are permitted to receive information from staff, faculty, and concerned others about students of concern but cannot provide information to these constituents unless written consent has been provided by the student or, in rare circumstances, related to safety and welfare, as regulated by law.  Students who wish confidential information regarding the counseling and psychological services they have received to be shared with others must provide written consent via an authorization to release information form.  

eligibility for Counseling and psychological services

NU-Q students enrolled full time or enrolled part time in their last semester are eligible to be considered for NU-Q Counseling and Wellness counseling and psychological services.  During the summer sessions and the time between fall and spring semesters, non-enrolled students may access counseling/coaching services if they are a former student who is pre-registered for the upcoming semester or they are a current student enrolled in the previous and upcoming semesters.  

NU-Q CW provides short-term counseling/coaching and crisis intervention services. These services are intended to assist students with typical developmental issues and challenges, as opposed to providing long-term intensive psychotherapy.  Eligible students may have access to 15 sessions during an academic year. Short term counseling is not appropriate for all concerns. One of the purposes of the initial care plan meeting is to determine if the client's concerns are best served by NU-Q CW or another on or off campus service. NU-Q CW can provide referral assistance for students desiring longer-term counseling.

If you are arriving at NU-Q with a current mental health diagnosis, treatment plans and/or previous mental health hospitalization(s), please discuss the continuity of your treatment with your current care provider and arrange for services in the Qatar community prior to your arrival at NU-Q.  Counseling and Wellness has identified a variety community resources which are located on our website.  Service providers are listed as a resource and not an endorsement by NU-Q.  

Counseling and psychological services are provided by licensed clinicians or clinicians supervised by licensed clinicians.



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