This book will help practicing mental health professionals understand the sometimes intricate responsibility of breaching clinical confidentiality when clients become dangerous to themselves or others. It examines the basis for clinical confidentiality, presents methods for the evaluation of client dangerousness, and proposes legally and ethically permissible methods to breach confidentiality.
C. Emmanuel Ahia, Ph.D., J.D., LPC, is a counseling professor and director of the Ed.S program at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He has taught mental health law and ethics at John Hopkins and Central Michigan University and is the author of Legal and Ethical Dictionary for Mental Health Professionals, along with many other articles on counseling ethics.
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Confidentiality and Privileged Communication Chapter 3 Confidentiality and Informed Consent Chapter 4 The Duty-to-Warn Exception Chapter 5 The Concept of Dangerousness Chapter 6 Methods for Effective Warning of Dangerousness Chapter 7 Danger to Others: An Overview Chapter 8 Danger to Others: Specific Groups Chapter 9 Danger to Self Chapter 10 Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 11 Case Law Digest Chapter 12 Guidelines for Practice Chapter 13 Summary Part 14 Discussion Questions Part 15 Suggested Readings Part 16 References Part 17 Glossary Part 18 About the Author