Category Archives: Client Death, Suicide Risks or Criminal Acts

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 [...]

Child Abuse Investigations

...Therapists and counselors are generally aware of their child abuse reporting duties. But, situations can occur that may raise issues [...]

Immunities from Liability

… While I have written about this topic before in a variety of contexts, it is worth repeating and consolidating. Therapists and [...]

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