2006 Alabama Code - Section 34-17A-23 — Therapists - Duties and liability.

(a) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action shall arise against, any person who is a licensed marriage and family therapist in failing to predict and warn of and protect from a patient's violent behavior except where the patient has communicated to the marriage and family therapist a serious threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims.

(b) The duty to warn of or to take reasonable precautions to provide protection from violent behavior arises only under the limited circumstance specified in subsection (a). The duty shall be discharged by the marriage and family therapist if reasonable efforts are made to communicate the threat to the victim or victims and to a law enforcement agency.

(c) No monetary liability and no cause of action may arise under this chapter against any person who is a licensed marriage and family therapist under this chapter for confidences disclosed to third parties in an effort to discharge duty arising pursuant to subsection (a) according to subsection (b).

(Acts 1997, No. 97-170, p. 247, §23.)

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