|Problem-solving step||Your response||Response example|
|Identify the problem||
Jack is currently too overburdened to provide effective supervision to his trainees.
|Jack’s responsibilities have increased but no room has been made in his schedule.|
|Relevant ethical standard(s)||
Providing effective Supervision
|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||
Caseload too heavy
|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||
Request that some clients be relieved from his caseload; This would allow the BCBA time to appropriately supervise. Request that supervision be assigned to another BCBA; This would allow the BCBA time to appropriately give services. Continue on overburdened; Burn out, poor supervision, poor services rendered.
|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||
The appropriate choice is to ask about relief of clients or supervisees.
|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||
Time would be allotted for the BCBA to provide the services or supervision they prefer.
|The director is responsive to Jack’s request and Jack receives relief from the extra work within about a week.|