Information you share during Counselling or Discipleship sessions, will be kept confidential.
We will not tell anyone else what you have shared, or even that you are receiving services from Mercy Seat Ministry, without your prior written permission.
Exceptions to Confidentiality
However, there are four legal exceptions to this commitment. In each of the following situations, MSM is required by law to break confidentiality.
- If you threaten to kill or do something violent to another person, and we believe that your threat is credible, we will be required by law to contact the police so they can protect your intended victim.
- If you have a plan to commit suicide and intend to act on it, we will be required by law to ensure your safety. This may involve contacting family members, a community crisis team, the police, or escorting you to emergency services.
- If we discover that you are abusing or neglecting a child, or if you give us information about someone else who is doing this, we must inform the BC Ministry for Children and Families immediately.
- If you are involved in a court case and information about your counselling sessions is subpeonaed by the court, we must provide this information.
Email and Text Messaging:
- Please be aware that email and text messages are not completely confidential. All messages are retained in the logs of the service provider and could, therefore, be viewed by others.
- MSM Counsellors and Discipleship Coaches use email and text messaging only if you have supplied this information to us and have agreed that these types of messages are okay to receive.
- Please use these methods of communication at your own risk.