“Warning Signs of Violent Acts Often Unclear” – NY Times

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The New York Times explores the surge in legislative activity related to the mental health system and violence. “New York State legislators on Tuesday passed a gun bill that would require therapists to report to the authorities any client thought to be ‘likely to engage in’ violent behavior … Yet many patient advocates and therapists strongly disagreed, saying it would intrude into the doctor-patient relationship in a way that could dissuade troubled people from speaking their minds, and complicate the many judgment calls therapists already have to make.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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    • I am freaking out about it! I sent a copy of it to my Director of Clinical Services where I work to see what she thinks about it. Too many people labeled as “mentally ill” are already caught up in the legal system at this point but that doesn’t seem to be enough for our wonderful society. And no one seems to catch on to the fact that this can lead to our losing more human and civil rights and we didn’t have many to begin with!

      And of course, they would quote Jaffe as if he’s some kind of doctor and not a quzck!

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