Duty to Warn Essays

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Duty to Warn Jessica Hall PSYCH/545 09/4/2011 Dr. P. Duty to Warn The ethical dilemma I wish to explore is The Duty to Warn. This refers to the duty of a counselor, therapist to breach one of the most important bonds between a client and a therapist; the law of confidentiality. The therapist has the right to break confidentiality without the fear of being brought up for legal action. If the therapist believes that the client poses a danger, or is a threat to himself, someone else, or society as a whole, the therapist must decide how serious of a threat the client may be, then if he decides it’s a serious issue, he must notify the person in danger, which would e the third party, or the police, or other people who may be in the…show more content…
The situation is the decision to breach the confidentiality between a client and his patient. The therapist has to decide if the client will pose a threat to himself or any other 3rd party, or society as a whole. If the therapist feels in any way that the client could be a threat, he has the right to notify the person or the correct officials to insure that no harm comes to anyone involved. 2. Anticipate who will be affected by your decision. The client would be affected, and his family, if he still has ties with his parents or siblings. If it was a specific person that the anger was focused on, they would be affected, as well as their families. If the anger was just targeted at society, society as a whole would be affected. By making a decision to report such anger, the therapist is taking everyone out of harms ways, or the chance of potential danger. 3. Figure out if who is the client. In this certain dilemma, the client has already been identified. 4. Assess the relevant areas competence-and of missing knowledge, skills, experience, or expertise-in regard to the relevant aspects of the situation. The therapist has to be ready for whatever the outcome of his decision may be. The biggest thing will be the breach of confidentiality, but he is protected by law. It is better for him to report the client to the 3rd party or official and nothing occurs, then to not report the client, and someone
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