By CCI Team
The phrase “duty to warn” is well known amongst mental health practitioners. In his March 2017 article for his Avoiding Liability Bulletin Richard Leslie discusses the importance of understanding the Duty to Warn/Duty to Protect within your state of practice. As part of day to day practice those in the mental health profession need to apply clinical judgement in interactions with their clients. This application along with the practical matters of having well-documented treatment records and knowledge of what exactly this “duty” involves is critical in the practitioner’s ability to protect themselves, should the unexpected happen.