Under New Hampshire law, communication between a client, a licensed Psychologist, and a social worker or his/her supervises is privileged (confidential) and, in general, may not be disclosed to any party outside Psychological and Counseling Services without your prior written consent. There are, however, some exceptions to your privilege of confidentiality. Even without your consent, your therapist is legally obligated to report certain disclosures you may make. For instance, your therapist may be required to disclose certain information if:
- There is a serious threat of physical violence to yourself or a third party or a serious threat of substantial damage to real property;
- There is reason to suspect that a minor child (under age 18) or an incapacitated adult is being or has been subjected to abuse or neglect; this includes a report that a custodial parent is abusing opioid drugs and a minor child is in the physical custody of that parent.
- The client reports information about any incident of student hazing involving him/herself or others. Student hazing is defined as any act that is directed toward a student, or any coercion or intimidation of a student to act or to participate in or submit to any act, when (1) such act is likely or would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely to cause physical or psychological injury to any person; and (2) such act is a condition of initiation into, admission into, continued membership in or association with any organization.
- PACS receives a valid subpoena or court order requiring the disclosure of all or some part of your counseling records;
- When otherwise required or authorized by applicable state or federal law.
In those rare instances where it is necessary for Psychological and Counseling Services to disclose information relating to your counseling without your permission, we will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action. In the event of an investigation of a license, the NH Board of Examiners also had the right to access your records.