2.0 Ethics Case 2

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

The supervisee is not implementing the behavior intervention plan or the supervisors feedback and is being non-responsive.

The supervisee’s unresponsiveness has halted the progression of an effective supervision program.
Relevant ethical standard(s)

Not providing the proper implementation of the treatment plan.

4.08 Performance Monitoring and Feedback
Consider dimensions of the problem

The RBT may not have the motivation or understand the treatment plan.

Christine has a responsibility to create a supervision program that engages supervisees in progress toward goals and identify barriers to effective supervision. The supervisee also has a responsibility to respond to feedback and actively participate.
These responsibilities and standards for communication and responding to feedback are stated in the contract for trainees and BCaBA supervisees, but there is no contract for RBT supervision.
The supervisee cannot continue to work if Christine refuses to continue with supervision, which might cause conflict with her employer.
Consider courses of action & potential consequences

The director of the company should address the RBT. The supervisor could provide more training and observation in person for the implementation of the treatment plan

Christine can deliver a written warning and plan for remediation with consequences outlined, but she does not have the authority to terminate the RBT’s employment.
Christine also fears for her own employment if she pursues the matter further.
If she continues with supervision, Christine is certain she will be violating the ethics code by signing off on supervision hours that have no effect on the supervisee’s service delivery.
Select a course of action

The supervisor should consider training the supervisee and document the communication and evaluation.

Christine decides that her BCBA certification is the most important thing and that continuing with an unethical situation will jeopardize her credentials. She writes a memo to her employer, citing the relevant codes from the BACB, attached a copy of the code, and then proceeds with a plan for remediation. She cannot fire the RBT but she can refuse to provide his supervision.
Implement and evaluate course of action Christine’s course of action was not the easiest option but it was the only option for her to continue to work as a behavior analyst in the future. Also, putting her foot down will send the message to her employer that she answers to the ethics codes first.