Consent for Online Video Counseling

Bishop Gorman Catholic School

Effective during Distance Learning

 

Ms. Harris is available for online counseling services for students Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm or by appointment while Bishop Gorman is utilizing distance learning. Parents and students are encouraged to contact Ms. Harris by email at charris@bishopgorman.net for more information about online services and to schedule an online counseling session.

First, parents must complete an online consent form which Ms. Harris will email to parents upon request.

More Information

Introduction

Bishop Gorman Catholic School’s counselor, Christine Harris, LPC, is providing online video counseling services to students while the school is engaged in distance learning. The provision of online video counseling services will only be in effect during the time that Bishop Gorman utilizes distance learning. At the point when students return to campus, only face-to-face counseling services will be provided as usual. There is no cost for online video counseling services provided through Bishop Gorman.

Provisions of Services

It is the policy of Bishop Gorman to obtain parent/guardian written permission for a student to engage in online counseling services. Depending on student needs and as appropriate, services may include intake assessment, short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and referrals as needed.

These services are not intended as a substitute for intensive psychological counseling, diagnosis, or medication, which are not the responsibility of the school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to determine whether additional or different services are necessary and whether to seek them for their child. 

Benefits/Risks

There may be both risks and benefits associated with participation in online counseling. Online counseling may improve a student’s ability to relate with others, provide a clearer understanding of himself/herself, promote the development of values and goals, and strengthen a student’s ability to deal with everyday stress. Online counseling may also lead to unanticipated feelings and change, which might have an unexpected impact on a student and his/her relationships. 

Confidentiality

In order to build trust with a student, the counselor will keep information confidential with some possible exceptions. The counselor may share information with parents/guardians, the student’s teacher, and/or administrators or school personnel who work with the student on a need to know basis, so that we may better assist the student as a team.

The counselor is legally and ethically required to share information with parents or others in certain circumstances including: 

1) suspicion or disclosure of abuse or neglect to a child, elderly person, or vulnerable person, 2) presenting a serious danger to self or another person, or 3) a court subpoena. The counselor will make the student aware of these limits to confidentiality and will inform the student when sharing information with others. If a parent/guardian would like the counselor to share information regarding their child with a third party, such as a community counselor, psychiatrist, social services worker, or pediatrician, the parent/guardian will need to sign an additional release of information form.

Contact

Parents/guardians are entitled to ask questions and receive information about methods or techniques used by the counselor. Parents/guardians may also contact the counselor to ask questions and/or provide information regarding their child, related to their engagement in counseling services at Bishop Gorman. 

 

Ms. Harris may be contacted by phone or email:
Phone: (903) 780-8478

Email:
charris@bishopgorman.net 


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