The leading case for this proposition is Jablonski v. United States (1983) 712 F.2d 391, a case in which Mr. Jablonski murdered his girlfriend, Melinda Kimball. As I mentioned before, to do The Tarasoff Two-Step well, you have to account for both laws in your thinking. Although you have to take action to fulfill the duty, there is currently some ambiguity in the law with regards to the proper action to take to discharge the duty to protect. It reeks of options. Immunity is a wonderful thing, but calling the police may not always be the best route to quell violence. The California Supreme Court's initial decision in the case is at 529 P.2d 553 (Cal. Immunity from liability means that even if your patient actually goes out and harms intended victims, if you have accomplished the two parts required by Tarasoff the Statute, you cannot be held financially responsible for the violent acts of your patient. Poddar followed her into the yard, where he caught her, and then stabbed her repeatedly, killing her in the process. 9 . The assessment should help you clarify what you believe about the patient’s capacity for committing violence. Prosenjit Poddar, a University of California graduate student, developed an infatuation with Tatiana Tarasoff, a woman he met at a dance class. But, what were the reasons for his belief? Poddar, started therapy sessions through the university's mental health services. 1974). They felt he had “changed his attitude altogether.” The campus police encouraged him to stay away from her, which he promised to do. The utilitarian and the categorical imperative viewpoints respond to, Prosenjit Poddar and Tatiana Tarasoff met at the University of California, Berkeley in, 1968. v Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California (1976) 17 Cal. The peril must be foreseeable. Hedlund v. Superior Court of Orange County. In situations where there is a “high” risk of violence, as determined by the therapist in the exercise of the therapist’s professional judgment, Simon recommends hospitalization, assuming the patient is mentally ill and would likely benefit from hospitalization.xiv For Simon, if the patient cannot be hospitalized, then the interventions listed under the “moderate” risk of violence scenario would have to be utilized to discharge the duty to protect. PSY 305 Week 5 Confidentiality and Informed Consent, Tarasoff v Regents of University of California.edited.docx, Confidentiality and Informed Consent Paper, Wk 5 Confidentiality and Informed Consent. West Publishing. In other words, you do not have to be perfect in predicting what will happen; you just have to be reasonably competent in assessing for what could happen. To avoid civil liability for the violent actions of patients, therapists must understand and be able to do both steps well.vi, Step One of the Tarasoff Two-Step: Assessing for Dangerousness. 2 Under no circumstances can notification to a law enforcement agency occur more than twenty four (24) hours from the time the clinician learned of the threat. Such situations could, however, result in the reporting of suspected child, elder, or dependent adult abuse, depending on the facts. Despite the fact that Poddar had expressly stated he would kill Tatiana when she returned from Brazil, no one communicated such intent to Tatiana or to a member of her family. Reviewed October, 2017 by David G. Jensen, JD (CAMFT Staff Attorney)
The threat to commit violence can be relayed to the therapist by a family member of the patient, and then the therapist must assess the patient’s capacity for violence in light of that relayed information. Univ Cincinnati Law Rev Univ Cincinnati Coll Law 1987; 56(1):269–293 Google Scholar. It is a myth to believe that every threat uttered by a patient must result in Tarasoff warnings; it is a truism to believe that every threat must be assessed. Course Hero is not sponsored or endorsed by any college or university. Let’s take a closer look at Tarasoff the Statute, California Civil Code § 43.92. When doing Step One of the Tarasoff Two-Step, pay particular attention to the patient’s history of committing violence. In fact, the earlier phrase was accurate, the later one rhetorical and misleading. As part of a thorough assessment, you should also be aware of the presence of any firearms or other dangerous weapons. In this … Robert I. Simon, MD in his book Psychiatry and Law for Clinicians, Third Edition, relates that “Every study on the assessment of violence risk factors has found that the single factor most highly correlated with the potential for future violence is a history of violence.ix. Are you ready to dance? Tarasoff and the Duty to Protect. Having the immunity under § 43.92, on the other hand, would likely make it easier for your attorney to get you out of a lawsuit earlier than it would be if making a defense centering on complying with the standard of care. Sometimes a person’s history of violence, coupled with present instability in that person’s life, may be enough to trigger the duty to protect under Tarasoff, even in the absence of a stated threat to kill or injure. This preview shows page 2 - 3 out of 5 pages. Poddar grew feelings for Tarasoff, but shortly found out that she had no intentions of a, Poddar became depressed and developed a sense of resentment. iv By a “duty” the law means an obligation requiring the actor to conform to a certain standard of conduct for the protection of others against unreasonable risks. Step Two of The Tarasoff Two-Step: Discharging the Duty to Protect. If the student stays in the dorm, the student will eat breakfast and dinner with an RCA. The discordant music of a dangerous patient situation is now playing in the background. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma: Vol. A case to be familiar with is the well-known Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California case that helped ensure helping professions become obligated to act and protect the lives of third parties. Int J Law Psychiatry. 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