2.0 Ethics Case 1

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

Jack does not have the time to supervise effective and efficient supervision for all his clients.

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

Having the time to provide effective and efficient supervision. To be able to take on as much as he can work on

4.03 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 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

Jack will have to let the director of the company know that he does not have the time to oversee and supervise the other cases.

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

Jack should relay the information to his director. The company should continue to find a supervisor.

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