Silence or death: The limits of confidentiality when a psychotherapist is threatened by the patient

G. B. Leong, Spencer Eth, J. A. Silva

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Abstract

When considering clinician safety, the threatening and/or assaultive patient quickly comes to mind. The authors discuss the ethical and legal dilemmas in a different type of situation resting on the boundary of confidentiality. In this case, a patient convincingly admits, during a therapy session, to having committed a serious crime and subsequently threatens the psychotherapist in an effort to enforce the therapist's silence about that crime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-244
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychiatry and Law
Volume22
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Silence or death : The limits of confidentiality when a psychotherapist is threatened by the patient. / Leong, G. B.; Eth, Spencer; Silva, J. A.

In: Journal of Psychiatry and Law, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.12.1994, p. 235-244.

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