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University of Pennsylvania

Tarasoff Duties

University of Pennsylvania via Independent


Penn Medicine, Tarasoff Duties, 5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - 5/31/2023 11:59:00 PM,

This course offers an overview of the legal and ethical issues pertaining to a therapist’s duty to warn and protect in cases where a patient may commit violence. It begins with a discussion ofthe 1968 case of Tatiana Tarasoff, which established legal precedent for a duty to warn. Then, using illustrative examples and interview material, it surveys how different states implement the duty to warn and protect, provides a framework for determining when and how to intervene with a potentially violent patient, and offers ethical guidance for balancing confidentiality with the safety of patients’ potential victims.

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Content last reviewed: March 9, 2022


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