Assessing When to Implement a Duty to Warn Stan, a retail employee, escaped harm from a building…

Assessing When to Implement a Duty to Warn

Stan, a retail employee, escaped harm from a building during
an active shooter incident by a pair of ethnic minority males. A few months
later, Stan began experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and
was sent to counseling through his employee assistance program (EAP) when his
supervisor noticed an increase in conflicts with coworkers. In the most recent
session, Stan became agitated and shouted to the counselor, “I hate those
people. I’m going to kill them all,” after which he abruptly left the session.

Discussion Questions

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Assessing When to Implement a Duty to Warn

Stan, a retail employee, escaped harm from a building during
an active shooter incident by a pair of ethnic minority males. A few months
later, Stan began experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and
was sent to counseling through his employee assistance program (EAP) when his
supervisor noticed an increase in conflicts with coworkers. In the most recent
session, Stan became agitated and shouted to the counselor, “I hate those
people. I’m going to kill them all,” after which he abruptly left the session.

Discussion Questions

1. Does this incident indicate a duty to warn?

2. What Tarasoff criteria are met or not met?

3. How should the counselor proceed?

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