Title: Tarasoff Revisited: History, Variations in Case Law, Applications to HIV Cases, Cultural Issues and Clinical Implications
Presenters: Craft, S., Kolodinsky, W., Stricklan, C., McCutcheon, J., & Garcia, Y. E.
Date: August, 2007
Professional Forum: American Psychological Association 2007 Convention
Professional Organization: American Psychological Association
Location: San Francisco, California
Author Email Contact: email@example.com
The history of duty to warn before and after the landmark 1974 Tarasoff case is discussed. The authors present aspects around the controversial debate over a clients right to confidentiality and the duty to protect the public from potential harm, including: Supervision of trainees, HIV-related cases, and cultural considerations. Case studies across the states that have led to expansions, limitations, and rejections of Tarasoff law are reviewed. Case studies demonstrate inconsistency and ambiguity common to the application and interpretation of when to implement and when to discharge the Tarasoff duty to warn. Clinical recommendations based on various aspects of this review are discussed.