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CONFIDENTIALITY- DISCLOSURE AND INFORMED CONSENT


Western Wyoming Community Counseling – Support, Disability, & Counseling Center
2500 College Drive – Rock Springs, WY 82901
(307) 382-1652

PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS AS A CLIENT

Degrees, Licensing, and Experience
Kim Drane-Nash and Bret Zerger are licensed by the State of Wyoming for Professional Counseling and hold Master’s Degrees in Community Counseling. As professional counselors, we are overseen by the Mental Health Professional Licensing Board, 2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 201, Cheyenne, WY 82002.They can be reached at (307) 777-3628. 

Method of Treatment
It is our desire to provide the highest quality, sound, clinical counseling in a safe, comfortable, respectful environment. We take a positive approach in therapy, believing that people are resilient and have tremendous resources to address life’s situations. Our role is to assist you in understanding the dynamics of your situation, relationship(s), or issue, and to help you to utilize your particular strengths to resolve the issues. Therefore, counseling methods will include but are not limited to Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Group Therapy, and Marriage/Couples/Family Therapy. 

Goals, Risks, and Benefits 
Although benefits are expected, and often seen, from counseling, specific outcomes are not guaranteed. The goal of counseling is to confront issues and emotions together and to work through them over time, resulting in resolution of those issues. However, there is always a risk of emotional side effects from counseling as it often brings up painful emotions and sometimes symptoms worsen before they get better. We encourage you to ask questions regarding the goals, risks, benefits, or outcomes of counseling. At all times you maintain control of yourself and can make decisions regarding your care. You have the right to seek a second opinion or to terminate counseling at any time.

Referrals
Should we decide that a referral for another counselor or helping professional is needed; names and numbers will be provided. A verbal exploration of alternatives to counseling will also be made available upon request. You, the client, are responsible for contacting and evaluating those referrals and/or alternatives.

Nature of Relationship
Part of our role as counselors is to help and protect you, the client, from harm or abuse during our sessions. Therefore, it is important for you to know that the relationship between us, the counselor, and you, the client, will remain professional. In a professional relationship sexual intimacy is never appropriate and is an abuse of your vulnerability as a client. You, the client, should report all incidents of sexual intimacy with a professional counselor to the Mental Health Professional Counselors Licensing Board. In addition, if we should see you outside of our counseling office we will not initiate conversation to protect the confidentiality and privacy of our communication. Should you desire to initiate conversation or contact, we are happy to reciprocate. 

Length of Treatment
Length of treatment will vary and will be determined by you and your counselor together. Each individual and relationship has unique strengths and weaknesses, and each problem is different from the next. The goal is that each client will terminate counseling in a timely manner, and eliminating unnecessary use of time. Groups will generally have a predetermined number of sessions, usually six to ten.

DISCLOSURE AND INFORMED CONSENT

Right to Privacy
All communication between you, the client, and the counselor, becomes part of your clinical record and is legally confidential. We will keep all information you share with us private according to the laws and ethics of the State of Wyoming Mental Health Statute and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. However, Wyoming law does specify some exceptions to this rule. The major exceptions include, but are not limited to:
We, the counselors, determine that you, the client, are a danger to yourself or someone else
You, the client, disclose abuse, harm, neglect or exploitation of a child, elderly, or disabled person
You, the client, authorize the counselor to release records
We, the counselors, are required by the court to disclose information for criminal or delinquency proceedings or by law for other reasons
In the case of marriage or family counseling, there is limited confidentiality, meaning the confidentiality belongs to the relationship and not the individual. In family and group work, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed and limits will be discussed with you, the client.

Supervision and Consultation
We, as counselors, do, at times, participate in professional consultation to provide the best possible service to you, the client. Therefore, occasionally it may be necessary for us to discuss your case with another therapist, pediatrician, family physician, psychiatrist, supervisor, or other helping professional. All of the aforementioned professionals are under the same legal and ethical requirements and your confidentiality will be protected according to the laws and statutes of the Mental Health Code of Wyoming. If you have any questions regarding this practice you have the right to inquire at any time.

Emergencies
During the office hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, you can contact a counselor at (307) 382-1652. If you are unable to reach us in an emergency situation or we cannot be reached in a timely manner, you should call campus security at (307) 382-1690, or call Southwest Counseling’s 24 hr emergency services number (307) 352-6680, or call 911, or go to the nearest Emergency Room, or call the local Police Department. It is your responsibility to seek the appropriate resources in emergency situations. While we do not anticipate any lengthy interruptions to your counseling, there may be times, due to illness, injury, unexpected emergency that we will not be able to counsel you at the scheduled date and time. If this should occur, we will attempt to contact you, alert you of the situation, and will provide alternative times or days for your session, if possible. In addition, during vacations or holidays, we will develop a plan for your well-being if requested. The name(s), and number(s), of another helping professional will be provided upon request for times when we are away from the office for an extended length of time.

Fees
Counseling sessions provided by Western Wyoming Community College’s Support, Disability, & Counseling Center are provided at no charge as they are covered by your student fees.

Cancellations
In the event that you are unable to keep an appointment, notification is expected at least 48 hours in advance. Exceptions are made for emergencies.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at: studdev@wwcc.wy.edu.

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