Students can receive individual support to assist them through the process of making decisions, accessing support, working through feelings, and exploring the impact and meaning of their experiences. The decision to receive support services is often made while dealing with challenging circumstances, so our hope is to make getting started easier. Reading this orientation first will help to clarify how you might use us to assist you with your current challenges.
CARE provides advocacy for survivors of assault or intimate partner violence. Services may include:
- Answering questions
- Providing information about rights and options
- Legal accompaniment
- Medical accompaniment
- Safety planning
About the Advocates
Advocates are contracted through Community Service Programs' (CSP) Sexual Assault Victim Services in Orange County, California and receive supervision from CSP and CARE Staff. All information disclosed within sessions is confidential and may not be revealed to anyone outside of CARE or CSP without written permission. Advocates provide assistance, information, and referral resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, or stalking. An advocate may assess client needs, evaluate cases, take appropriate action and follow-up, and can mitigate the impact of the victimization and/or the case investigation.
During your first contact with CARE you will likely be asked to complete information and consent forms prior to your initial meeting with an Advocate. The goal of the initial meeting is for the Advocate to discuss your concerns and decide upon a course of action that would best meet your needs. The outcome of this discussion is likely to be one or more of the following:
- You may resolve your concern satisfactorily during the intake and require no further action.
- You may be better assisted by another resource person on or off-campus. Your advocate will help you to identify other resources and assist you by making a referral. CARE reserves the right to refuse treatment to anyone if we determine that our services are inappropriate.
- You may benefit from, and be eligible for, group counseling here at CARE.
Contact CARE to Make an Appointment
All information you share with us, whether it is information in our records about you or even the fact that you have come to see us, cannot be shared with others outside CARE. In some circumstances your Advocate may consult with a supervisor in order to provide you with the best help available; however, no one outside CARE may have access to information without your prior written permission or as required by law:
The law in the State of California mandates that information may be appropriately shared if you are in imminent harm to yourself or to others, when there is an indication of child or elder abuse, or if you are gravely disabled.
If you are referred for counseling as a condition of an agreement, for example with the Dean of Students or with your academic department, and want information communicated to them, you will have to sign a release form to have any information provided to the person who referred you.
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