June 10, 1976
We are all familiar with the ruling of the Tarasoff v. Regent of the University of California.
As Human service professionals it is now our “Duty to Warn”. As a professional it is your responsibility to inform an individual that threats are being made towards their life. You must report this matter to your supervisor, victim and the Law enforcement that the client is making serious threats on someone’s life and that you have done some research and you find the client to be dangerous to the person and maybe to themselves.
The new legislation does not breach the ethics of codes. When a person’s life is in danger and the client is making these threats, this gives the human service professional the authority to breach the client’s rights to confidentiality because, they are making threats to hurt someone. The client no longer has that right of privacy. By breaching the confidentality of the client making threats to harm another person, this will protect the human service professional and the organization from being held responsible for any actions taken.
All human service professionals will give their client’s a disclosure statement to sign. Professionals should go over the disclosure statement with the client. Be sure that the client, signs the form stating they had received the disclosure statement and that the professional went over the disclosure statement with them, they are aware of their rights, they understand what they are signing and that they will abide to all the rules and guidelines of the organization.
This is the professionals responsibility to have the client’s disclosure statement signed and held in reserve in the client’s folder at all times. For more information please feel free to come to the administrative office and ask for Elita Henry....
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