Tasoff Case Study Of Counseling

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Tatiana Tarasoff was a young college student who was enjoying her life at the University of California at Berkeley in 1968. Also on this campus was another student by the name of Prosenjit Poddar, originally from India. Their paths would cross on numerous occasions and the evil that came from it will create a question and situations that would affect future generations of counselors from that moment forward. When it comes to duty to warn, what role is it of the counselor when protecting their client and the general public and how does that affect the relationship between client and counselor.
While at a New Year’s Eve party an innocent peck that is often done to welcome in the New Year was warped into an ideation that she felt the same way.
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Moore. Dr. Moore was affiliated with the school through a local hospital and Poddar began to see him for weekly visits. During this time, Tarasoff had traveled to South America, in her absence, Poddar’s mental health did improve however something kept tugging at Dr. Moore. The doctor thought that Poddar needed to be held for evaluation and contacted the proper authorities through the school outlets, regarding the statements made during their sessions (Simone, S., & Fulero, S. M. 2005). Campus police questioned Poddar and released him stating he was not a threat any longer to the Tarasoff. When she returned, his obsession quickly came back, and he acted upon his urges and murdered her. No one ever thought it was their duty to warn Tarasoff of the danger to her…show more content…
Moore, did not relinquish himself from the case as he was going through his personal trauma concerning his wife’s suicide attempt. This could have given him so type of insight or picked up on behaviors that he previously ignored from his wife, however he could have misinterpreted some signs and rather than doing like he did and going to the proper authorities, it could have been ignored. When it comes to our own personal crisis and jumping into dealing with a client in a crisis prevention situation, we as mental health counselor must know where their limitation lies. While this is not to say a person cannot separate both aspects of their lives, there is a chance for the lines to blur and before it becomes an ethical issue, a mental health counselor must at times think in the best interest of their client and step aside until their own crisis is
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