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Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services

Teachers College, Columbia University

Confidentiality

The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS) is a training clinic which provides practical experiences for graduate students in several licensure track programs. Both Master’s and Doctoral students in School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Counseling Psychology are required to follow the ethical principles and code of conduct developed by the American Psychological Association. Similarly, students in the Reading Specialist program are required to follow the Code of Ethics of the International Reading Association. Collectively, our students are required to maintain strict confidentiality of their work through the Dean Hope Center.

The Dean Hope Center is also committed to practice the standard of HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) in dealing with the privacy of their clients. All contact with the Dean Hope Center staff as well as all records and information maintained by the center are kept confidential. While our students are gaining practical experience, they are assigned to one or  two supervisors (a Doctoral student and a licensed professor) with which they work closely on each case. In order to ensure the quality of practice, many supervisors require the sessions to be both audio and video recorded. However, written consent from the client, or their guardian if they are younger than eighteen years of age, is required. Sessions will be reviewed only by the supervisors or professors for the purpose of feedback and improvement. All other client information will not be released to any third party outside of the center unless written request is provided by the client or their guardian.