2.0 Ethics Case 1

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

He has taken on too much work and is unable to manage all of it effectively.

Jack’s responsibilities have increased but no room has been made in his schedule.
Relevant ethical codes

5.02 Supervisory Volume…Taking on only a volume of supervisory activity that is commensurate with their ability.

5.02 Supervisory Volume – Jack’s work responsibilities have increased, and now his supervision commitments have exceeded his ability to be effective.
Consider dimensions of the problem

The lack of the supervisor’s availability can lead to a host of problems, such as harm to clients and poor modeling for supervisees, as well as ineffective supervision of trainees..

Jack has responsibilities to both his clients and his trainees. His workload has exceeded his ability to be effective as a supervisor.
It would be an ethics violation for Jack to abandon his clients or his trainees
Consider courses of action & potential consequences

He should divest himself of some of the responsibilities he has taken on. With a smaller volume of responsibilities, he will be able to provide more effective supervision.

Decrease client caseload – Jack could ask his employer to share the extra responsibilities with other behavior analysts, or temporarily cut his billable hours to the minimum necessary
Share supervision – Jack is the only behavior analyst supervisor so this is really not an option
Select a course of action

Meet with his supervisor and request that they hire for the position that was left vacant when the other BCBA lest the company. This will lighten his responsibilities and allow him more time to devote time to his supervision responsibilities.

Jack might decide to present the problem as an urgent ethics issue to his director and urge that they contract with a staffing agency to fill the position with a BCBA who can take on the extra client cases while they continue the search for a permanent replacement.
Implement and evaluate course of action

This is a viable course of action because it is to the company’s detriment to continue as is, since this could create complaints from clients’ parents and advocates.

The director is responsive to Jack’s request and Jack receives relief from the extra work within about a week.