As staff members of Student Counseling & Resource Service (SCRS), we feel it is important to note that the gathering referred to in the February 5 article, “Relationship Status: Update Needed,” was neither a psychotherapy group nor a counseling session, but rather an informal discussion around a topic that is often of interest to students. The advertisement for this event read, “As part of the Fridays at 4 Series, Anne Brody, Josh Singh, and the Peer Educators of SCRS are hosting a lively discussion about dating, romance, and relationships. This is not a lecture or didactic seminar.”
With any actual therapy/counseling group offered at SCRS, confidentiality agreements are agreed upon by all group members. We wish to clarify this point as this piece of writing could potentially contribute to discouraging a U of C student from possibly utilizing SCRS services out of concerns about confidentiality. We do not condone public reporting on a discussion that we are sponsoring in which students are offered the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings, and we are saddened by its publication.
Josh Singh and Anne Brody