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Response to Patient's Threat of Harm to Others | Tarasoff Decision

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient who has made a threat of injury to others based on the legal points in the Tarasoff case.

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psychological response

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Description:

A patient may tell a psychological counselor or clinician that he or she intends to do harm to another. Failure to evaluate and respond in a reasonable fashion to the threat may result in the counselor being held liable for damages if the patient follows through on the threat. One of the sentinel decisions outlining the legal points is that of Tarasoff vs Regents of the University of California from 1976.

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