Classroom Course » Exploring the Ethics of Duty to Warn

Dates & Times:
May 24, Friday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Hosted By:
DBH Training Institute

Registration is Closed


This workshop will review the concept of duty to warn and explore the various ethical decision-making models that can be used to resolve ethical dilemmas. Participants will  explore and discuss the ethics and balance needed when patient confidentiality and duty to warn do not align. It is imperative to understand the parameters and sanctions related to duty to warn. This workshop will explore the history of the duty to warn (landmark cases), confidentiality, and discrepancies in duty to warn laws. Discussion will focus on: confidentiality dilemmas, duty to warn laws, code of ethics, ethical framework model, and best practice technique.  This is an interactive workshop where cases vignettes will be presented, and participants will work in group setting to further maximize their understanding of the concepts presented.

  1. Explain the duty to warn principles and connect them to confidentiality and reporting. 
  2. Identify landmark cases and the history behind principle. 
  3. Apply an ethical decision-making model to help process and resolve the duty to warn issues.
Intended Audience:

  Clinical staff 

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