Your Rights as a Client
- The right of confidentiality, as defined on the previous page.
- The right to ask questions and be informed about the nature of
counseling and the Counseling center's services. If you do not agree
with some part of the services you are receiving, you have the right to
withdraw your consent to receive services at any time.
- The right to be treated with respect for your personal dignity,
autonomy, and privacy. Counseling Center faculty and staff members
strive to protect and promote the basic human dignity to which you are
- The right not to be discriminated against because of your age,
gender, race ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,
disability, or socioeconomic status.
- The right to request a different counselor than the one assigned to you.
- The right to terminate counseling at any time.
- The right to a defined counseling goal mutually decided upon by you and your counselor.
- The right to be informed, if at all possible before your scheduled
appointment time, if your counselor is ill or for other reasons unable
to meet with you.
- The right to be referred to another helping professional if you
desire or could benefit from long term counseling, or if your concerns
go beyond our expertise or Scope of Practice.
Your Responsibilities as a Client
- To inform the administrative secretary by phone AT LEAST 24
hours in advance or as soon as possible if you cannot meet your
- To be on time for appointments with your counselor.
- To be honest with your counselor, to let him/her know what you like
or do not like about what is happening in counseling, or if you feel
counseling is not meeting your needs.
- To be actively involved in the counseling process by stating your
counseling goals, helping to determine session direction and focus,
discussing issues that are important to you, using time outside of each
session to work on your counseling goals, attempting to change when this
is relevant, and learning how one's growth and development can continue
- To tell your counselor if you wish to terminate the counseling relationship or wish to request a different counselor.
Please discuss any questions or concerns about your counseling or the
Counseling Center with your counselor, other CMU counselors, the
Counseling Center Director Dr. Ross Rapaport, or the Assistant Vice
President for Student Affairs, Mr. Tony Voisin (774-3346). The
Counseling Center welcomes your comments and suggestions concerning the
services we provide. Formal complaints about a counselor may be made to
the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs,
Bureau of Health Professions, Allegation Section, P.O. Box 30670,
Lansing, MI 48909-8170, phone: 517-373-9196