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Title The duty to protect : ethical, legal, and professional considerations for mental health professionals / edited by James L. Werth Jr., Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, G. Andrew H. Benjamin
Edition 1st ed
Published Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 282 pages)
Contents Driving and operating other equipment : legal and ethical issues / Samuel Knapp and Leon VandeCreek -- The duty to protect : mental health practitioners and communicable diseases / Leslie Kooyman and Bob Barret -- The duty to protect suicidal clients : ethical, legal, and professional considerations / David A. Jobes and Stephen S. O'Connor -- Strategies for responding to self-injury : when does the duty to protect apply? / Barent Walsh -- End-of-life decisions and the duty to protect / James L. Werth Jr. and Jessica M. Richmond -- Self-care in the context of threats of violence or self-harm from clients / Christiane Brems and Mark E. Johnson -- Emerging issues in the duty to protect / Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel -- Practice and policy responses to the duty to protect / James L. Werth Jr. [and others]
Introduction to the duty to protect / Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, James L. Werth Jr., and G. Andrew H. Benjamin -- A review of duty-to-protect statutes, cases, and procedures for positive practice / G. Andrew H. Benjamin, Le'a Kent, and Skultip Sirikantraporn -- The duty to protect and the ethical standards of professional organizations / Rita Sommers-Flanagan, John Sommers-Flanagan, and Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel -- International ethics codes and the duty to protect / Mark M. Leach -- Protecting others from homicide and serious harm / Derek Truscott and Jim Evans -- Risk assessment and the duty to protect in cases involving intimate partner violence / Alan Rosenbaum and Lynn S. Dowd -- Working with the stalking offender : considerations for risk assessment and intervention / Barry Rosenfeld, Joanna Fava, and Michele Galietta -- Threats against public officials : considerations for risk assessment, reporting, and intervention / Marisa Reddy Randazzo and Michelle Keeney
Summary "Psychologists and other mental health professionals understandably experience significant anxiety regarding their duty to protect when working with potentially dangerous individuals who are at risk of harming others or themselves. In fact, a recent study suggests that 75% are misinformed about their legal duties to such clients. The duty to protect: Ethical, legal, and professional considerations for mental health professionals dispels myths and provides clinicians, supervisors, and trainers with a comprehensive resource addressing the situations in which a duty to protect may apply. In addition to defining and clarifying the duty to protect, the book describes assessment steps and interventions to reduce risk. The chapters are written by leading scientist-practitioners to promote best practices in some of the most ethically and legally challenging areas encountered. The contributors discuss the legal and ethical foundations of the duty to protect and the duty to warn; professional ethics codes in the United States and in other countries; and assessment of risk to others in cases involving threats of homicide, intimate partner violence, stalking, the transfer of communicable diseases, and impairment while operating heavy machinery or motor vehicles. Threats of harm to the self are also discussed in chapters that address suicide, self-injury, and end-of-life issues. This comprehensive resource will assist mental health providers in understanding their options and obligations and thereby improving the care they provide in some of the most stressful and potentially dangerous situations they face"--Jacket. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Mental Health Services
Dangerously mentally ill
Mental health personnel -- Legal status, laws, etc
Mental health personnel -- Professional ethics
Dangerous Behavior
Duty to Warn -- ethics
Duty to Warn -- legislation & jurisprudence
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Business Ethics.
Dangerously mentally ill.
Mental health personnel -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Mental health personnel -- Professional ethics.
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference
Form Electronic book
Author Benjamin, G. Andrew H
Welfel, Elizabeth Reynolds, 1949-
Werth, James L
American Psychological Association
ISBN 1433818825