Category Archives: Client Death, Suicide Risks or Criminal Acts

Immunity From Liability

… In the April 2005 (Volume 2) issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin I wrote about a huge problem in the state of California with [...]

Suicide / Self Harm – The Practitioner’s Role

… Occasionally I am asked to opine on the subject of a mental health practitioner’s participation in what can be called “supportive [...]

The Dangerous Patient

... The topic of dangerous patient bears revisiting from time to time, both because there are new readers and because the topic is [...]

“Duty To Warn”

… Only (my tongue is firmly implanted in cheek) thirty-six years after the landmark Tarasoff vs. Regents of the University of [...]

The Dangerous Patient – Again!

… Two separate events spurred me to once again write about this topic. First, the Governor of California signed a bill into law in July [...]

Preventing Gun & Other Violence…The Dangerous Patient

With the President, Vice-President, and Congress focusing on the prevention of gun violence as a result of yet another horrifying [...]

Psychiatrist Shoots Patient

In a recent issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin (March 2014), I asked whether it was ever permissible for a mental health [...]

Duty to Warn

Media coverage of the March 2015 tragic airplane crash in the French Alps once again brought to the fore the related issues of a [...]

Dangerous Patient

Once again, following the mass shooting at an Oregon community college, there is much public discussion about mental health treatment, [...]

Death of the Patient

… Suppose that your client/patient doesn’t appear for a scheduled appointment and that shortly thereafter you are contacted by a deputy [...]

Dangerous Patient?

… Suppose that your patient is a commercial airline pilot who tells you that he has begun to occasionally snort cocaine, but not when [...]

Confidentiality and the Dangerous Patient

Although I have previously written about this topic on several occasions (see Archives), the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in April [...]

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