I understand, both personally as a user of websites and as a professional Psychotherapist, that the privacy of personal information is very important and is part of the ethical principles guiding clinical social work/counseling practice. I am committed to protecting any information that you may send through e-mail, fax, regular mail or voice mail as far as it is possible to do so.
Confidentiality is one of the ethical and legal principles of social work and counseling and we are committed to honoring those principles. However, most states, including Florida where we are located, require disclosure of information that would normally be confidential in certain situations: Florida Statutes 491.0147– Confidentiality and privileged communications: Although these requirements are directed to clients, and website visitors are not clients, I will follow the principles of the law to the extent possible with website communications. Confidentiality is normally waived when:
- a) a person gives permission to share information.
b) there is clear probability of physical harm to the person, to other individuals or groups, or to society. (It is not always possible to locate a person using the website, the site is not continually monitored and I cannot be responsible for any such threats or acts.)
c) a judge signs an order requiring disclosure
d) when the licensed person (in this case, Susanne R. Mealer, LCSW) is a defendant in any complaint, disciplinary action, civil or criminal action that is filed by the person who has revealed the information.
Information We Collect:
Registration for Workshop or Ordering of Products:
When you submit an online registration form or order for products is saved to process the registration/order and is backed up to a separate drive. The drive and any paper that may have your information is kept in our office records. I and one other person have access to that information and we take precautions to protect it. Sensitive information is shredded once it is no longer needed.
Information about browsers used, where you entered the site, etc. may be tracked, but the person cannot be identified. It is designed to give information about website use, number of visitors, keywords searched that bring people to the site, etc.
E-Mail/Comments from Website:
The e-mail form is processed through a secure server and requires your e-mail address for me to be able to respond. Your email to me usually remains on your computer or mobile device, or the one that you use, and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. I also cannot guarantee a response back to you and cannot guarantee confidentiality of any response because it is your responsibility to safeguard any sensitive information to and from our office. If you use a computer at your place of employment, be aware that many employers monitor e-mail and can access your information from that computer.
Your information is considered ‘shared’ for the following:
• Paypal would have a record of your transaction of an order that is processed through their service. You know clearly that you are purchasing through the Paypal system when the form on my site is connected to them.