Prince George's Community College Counseling Services would like to welcome you to our Web Page. The goal of this web page is to provide an overview of the various services and make it easier for you to decide how best to use our services.You might want to start with General Information About our Services to find out more about how and why students make appointments with our staff. To learn about more personal issues, you might use our Additional Counseling Resources on the right hand corner. Counseling Services Confidentiality Policy Counseling Services carefully adheres to professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. If a student wants information concerning his/her contact with the Counseling Services staff released, he/she must sign a specific written authorization. Privacy and Confidentiality In order to provide effective and up to date services, we sometimes consult with colleagues in Counseling Services about our work with students. Otherwise, information revealed in counseling, even the information that you made appointments is not disclosed to others unless you provide written authorization for information to be released. The exceptions to this practice are: When a counselor believes you to present an imminent danger to yourself or others. When the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered. When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation. When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings. In all other cases, what you discuss in counseling will remain confidential. In the course of a lifetime most of us will experience several personally traumatic incidents. The break up of an important relationship, serious conflict within the family, failing an exam, the death of a friend or family member, an unwanted pregnancy, a serious health problem, or being victimized by a violent act, etc. There is little you can do to make yourself not experience uncomfortable feelings, but there are things you can do to help promote a healthy recovery. We welcome you to contact our office by phone or to come in person to Counseling Services. Please note this Web page is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counselor, nor does this page provide "on-line" counseling.