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date: 19 October 2019

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with an introduction to the issue of the duty to protect as it applies to situations involving clients who may pose a potential harm to others or possible harm to themselves. Two famous court cases are used to introduce the material. In addition to reviewing basic legal, regulatory, and ethical principles, the chapter contains information on standard and atypical kinds of duty to protect situations, identifies assessment and intervention considerations, and provides resources for more information. After reading the chapter, professionals should have a clearer picture of what to do when faced with clients who may harm themselves or others.

Keywords: duty to protect, suicide, homicide, Tarasoff, standards of care

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