Tarasoff and Duty to Protect in North Carolina

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
A. Keith Mobley, Clinical Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: A counselor’s duty to warn and protect third parties of threats made by their clients has been a complex, frightening, and confusing topic since the landmark Tarasoff case in 1976. Although the implications of this case has been interpreted by a variety of state courts and legislatures, the tension between a counselor’s ethical and legal responsibilities creates consternation for many counselors in North Carolina. This article reviews the background and implications of the duty to warn concept to counselors specifically in the state of North Carolina and provides both proactive and reactive suggestions for managing encounters with potentially violent clients.

Additional Information

NC Perspectives, 4, 5-14
Language: English
Date: 2011
duty to warn, confidentiality, ethics

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