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Faribault High School Student Support Team Informed Consent Statement For Virtual Counseling
The Counseling Department at Faribault High School would like to introduce you to our process and protocols for connecting with students and families online. What follows are the benefits and limits associated with virtual counseling.
As we all know, this is an unprecedented situation. Using technology to discuss personal and private matters is not the same as doing so face-to-face. We want to address any questions or concerns that you want to discuss, but there are limitations and exceptions to keep in mind.
First, while we will be doing everything we can on our end to keep our discussions confidential, there is always the possibility that someone else might overhear the conversation. In the worst-case scenario, someone might “hack” into the counseling session. While we don’t think this will occur, it is always a possibility. What is more likely to occur is that someone else may overhear the conversation. The most common way that this can happen is by someone leaving a door open or the area you are in is not soundproof enough to prevent voices from being heard by others around. For this reason, it is very important that you do everything possible to ensure that wherever you use your computer or phone is as “safe” as possible. Given the confidential nature of the conversations that may take place neither the staff member, nor student/family is permitted to video or audio record the counseling session.
Second, if you are participating in a group discussion of some type, please keep in mind that whatever is shared in confidence is only confidential as long as everyone respects the privacy of all group members. The basic rule of “whatever is said in here, stays in here” also applies in virtual group counseling.
Third, all the other basic rules of safety apply online as it does in person. As always, if anyone says something that leads the staff member to believe that the student is going to hurt her/himself or is being harmed by someone else, then that information must be shared with other responsible adults and administration to ensure that harm does not occur. This is called mandated reporting and all members of our student support team are mandated reporters.
Last, at the beginning of any conversation we have online or by phone, we will go over these points and will ask for your verbal agreement to participate, along with your understanding of these limitations. That will provide evidence that you understand what is about to occur online or by phone. While all of this may seem unnecessary, we want to do everything we can to make certain that everyone understands the limits of our conversation virtually and we are as safe as possible during this time of social distancing.
South Central Mobile Crisis Team provides support for children, teens and adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The Mobile Crisis Team will provide services in your home or another community location. They bill insurance for these services, but have grant funding available to assist with any bills received if there is financial hardship. 877-399-3040.
Rice County Children's Mental Health coordinates an extensive network of assessment, treatment, and supportive services for children and teens with mental health needs. These services can include diagnostic assessments, individual and family therapy, in-home counseling and skills training, day treatment, and case management. 507-333-3773
Click Here for a list of Rice County Community Mental Health Resources.
Click Here for another list of Chemical and Mental Health Resources compiled by the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line: text "HOME" to 741741
District COVID-19 information: Click on the link below to access comprehensive district information related to COVID-19 and Distance Learning:
Schoology: This is the primary platform for FHS Distance Learning and communications with students. Students can download the Schoology App to their cell phone to receive notifications and updates.
Infinite Campus:I If parents/guardians do not have a Campus Parent account or are having trouble logging in, please email email@example.com
Also, please note that all voice messages are forwarded to our email addresses, so please do leave a voice message if you call and we will then get back to you.