Assignment text: Summarize your state case law and statutes related to the Tarasoff decision. If you are an international student or if Tarasoff does not apply in your state, summarize your region’s case law and statutes as they relate to “duty to warn” and/or “duty to protect.”
For this assignment, you are required to research ethical challenges related to issues of confidentiality in relation to the Tarasoff decision (see your Week 4 Resources in Blackboard).
This guide will help you develop the skills needed to find case laws or statutes related to duty to warn or duty to protect.
By the end of this guide, you will be able to:
Statutes are written laws that have been passed by legislative bodies. Use the following steps to locate information on state statutes and regulations.
States that do not have statutes addressing duty to warn or duty to protect will frequently have case laws that have set standards. Case laws are laws which are based on the decisions that have been made in past cases. Keep in mind, these case laws may involve professions or situations other than mental health.
Google Scholar will also allow you to search case laws. Please note that Google Scholar is limited to case law and may not provide a direct history of a case. The following steps will walk you through the process.
Another way to explore state laws and statutes is through state board websites. On the National Board for Certified Counselors website, you will see a map like the one pictured below. Click on the map to select your state.
After selecting your state you will see a page like the one below. To access your state's board information, click on the Website link.
NOTE*** Each state has its own website so they will all look different. In order to find legislation or statutes for your state, you will need to explore the website.
Some words to look for to find legislation and statutes for your state are:
Again, once you find and select the link for your state's laws, you will need to do some exploring to find information about duty to warn, duty to protect, or duty to report. Each state and each website will list this information in its own way and with its own language.
Below are some words to look for:
Your assignment indicates that you may, "summarize your region’s case law and statutes as they relate to 'duty to warn' and/or 'duty to protect.' For your search, you will want to try a basic search in Google.
Please speak with your instructor if you are unable to locate laws in your location