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Your right to privacy

All information shared in therapy is held in strict confidence.

Professional ethical codes and state and federal laws consider the personal information discussed in therapy to be confidential. All information gathered in therapy, including the fact that you have come to CAPS is held in strict confidence. No information is released to university officials, faculty members, parents, or outside agencies without written authorization from you.

In addition to adherence to federal and state law and professional ethical codes mentioned previously, CAPS is pleased to comply with current federal regulations in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Please refer to the Notices of Privacy Practices for Purdue Health Care Providers (in the Resources section of this page) for detailed information about client rights under HIPAA.

Exceptions to these guidelines are:

  • Instances in which there is imminent danger of serious harm to you or to others because of your actions
  • When you have information that there is child abuse or other dependent abuse occurring either by you or someone you know.

A therapist or psychologist must reveal information to prevent harms of these types.