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The Danger-to-Self-or-Others Exception to Confidentiality

Second Edition

C. Emmanuel Ahia

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. The Danger-to-Self-or-Others Exception to Confidentiality contains case-law updates which should help practitioners with situations that require the breach of confidentiality. This text strives to clear up some of the confusing issues surrounding suicide evaluation, death with dignity, inherently dangerous populations, and the role of client commitment in the breach-of-confidentiality process. Ahia also discusses two important concepts - informed consent and privileged communication - as they relate to the rights of clients. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 66Size: 6 x 9 1/4
978-0-7618-5647-4 • Paperback • December 2011 • $26.99 • (£17.95)
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
Mental health professionals who are concerned about breach of confidentiality in this electronic era will find Dr. Ahia's book very informative. It is particularly good to know that current case laws are integrated in this [book]. It's a must for every professional's book shelf.
Mary Guindon, Ph.D., former chair, counseling program, John Hopkins University, MD

…A major resource for mental health professionals who deal with dangerous clients and confidentiality issues. Dr. Ahia did a masterful job with it.
Theodore P. Remley, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., professor and Batten Endowed Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Resources, Old Dominion University, VA