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Legal & Ethical Issues When Working with Dangerous Patients

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Course Description:
This two hour workshop will discuss key issues involved when working with dangerous clients, including, relevant standards of care; the “duty to protect” based upon Tarasoff v. Regents of Univ. of Calif., and Civil Code §43,92; “patient communication,” based upon Ewing v. Goldstein and Ewing v. Northridge Hospital Center; the “duty to report,” based upon Welfare & Institutions Code, sections 8100(b)(1) and 8105(c), and relevant exceptions to confidentiality.


Member: $40
Non-Member: $50

Credit Hours:
2 Hours

Learning Objectives:
The presentation will provide an overview of:
  • Describe and discuss the “duty to protect,” as it arises from Tarasoff v. Regents of Univ. of Calif., Ewing v. Goldstein, Ewing v. Northridge Hospital and section 43.92 of the California Civil Code. 
  • Describe and discuss the “duty to report,” based upon Welfare & Institutions Code, sections 8100(b)(1) and 8105(c). 
  • Describe and discuss relevant exceptions to confidentiality and the importance of consultation when working with a patient who communicates a serious danger of violence to another. 
The user acknowledges that the workshops, handouts, and related course materials contained therein are intended for educational purposes only, and should not be considered to be legal advice or a substitute for legal or clinical consultation. These presentations address issues that are multi-faceted, and the user should not assume that the courses discuss every law, regulation, or ethical code that may be relevant to the subject matter. Legal and ethical standards are subject to change and it is always prudent to check to see whether a particular law, regulation, or ethical standard may have changed.

This course satisfies the Law and Ethics course requirement for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs which is required for each license renewal cycle

Refunds/Cancellations: CAMFT does not offer refunds for On-Demand Library purchases.