The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, And Clinical Considerations

Online Course
$60 – List Price
$60 – Member/Affiliate Price
CE Credits
Exam Items

Duty to protect situations are among the most stressful scenarios for therapists, and they can be made more difficult when the clinician misunderstands her or his ethical and legal obligations. Lack of knowledge or misinterpretation can compromise clinical care and lead to ethical and legal charges. This intermediate workshop is designed to provide direction for assessment and intervention in potential duty-to-protect situations. The content is based on a thorough review of the ethical, legal, and clinical landscape that exists in this area.

Successful completion will provide you with 3 CE credits. A CE certificate may be downloaded and printed immediately upon completion.

Part of the APA Online Academy Convention Workshop Presentations Campus.

Learning Objectives
  • Define the duty to protect and differentiate it from the duty to warn,

  • Summarize the content of the APA Ethics Code regarding the duty to protect,

  • Identify the primary legal issues involved in determining whether the duty to protect applies,

  • Identify at least three situations (in addition to the standard cases of possible suicide or homicide) when the duty to protect may arise.


James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, PhD and G. Andrew H. Benjamin, JD, PhD

Biographies of the presenters

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  • Go to the APA Online Academy Registration Form.

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