Confidentiality After Tarasoft

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Confidentiality after Tarasoft
PSY / 305
June 30, 2014
Garen Weitman

In life a person learns to keep secrets at a very young age. As a person grows up and becomes an adult we choose paths that require us to keep secrets from other individuals, when we do this it no longer is known as a secret it is called keeping things confidential. Merriam-Webster defines confidential as a secret or private, showing that you are saying something that is secret or private, and trusted with a secret or private information. (Merriam-webster, n.d.)A psychologist has a tremendous responsibility in keeping this confidential, it is what allows a client to be truthful and not worry about others knowing their secrets. However some secrets are not always meant to remain a secret, for example when it involves the endangerment of a person’s life. The story of Prosenjit Poddar and Tatiana Tarasoff is a perfect example.
Prosenjit Poddar was being seen by a therapist by the name of Dr. Moore. One day Mr. Poddar informed his therapist he wanted to kill a woman upon her arrival from her vacation. Taking Poddar’s threat seriously Dr. Moore contacted his supervisor as well as the campus police. The police detained, questioned and then released him, determining that Prosenjit Poddar was rational and promised not to harm the woman. The woman later to be known as Tatiana Tarasoff returned from her vacation two month later, Poddar murdered her. Tarasoff family later sued Dr. Moore, Dr. Moore’s supervisor, the police, as well as the Board of Regents of the University of California. (Apollo Library, n.d.) The supreme court of California ruled in favor of the Tarasoff family; they believed that the therapist when informed that a potential act of violence was going to occur, the therapist should have warned the third party in this case the Tarasoff family or the police. There has been some debates on…...

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