2.0 Ethics Case 2

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

the training is not responding to CHristine’s attempts to engage him in supervision

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

4.04 4.08

4.08 Performance Monitoring and Feedback
Consider dimensions of the problem

The trainee is not engaging or responding to her and thus is not utilizing supervision effectively and is not utilizing feedback to improve his practice with clients

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

discuss issue with trainee and make clear plan for needed changes and clearly explain to both trainee and company the need to make changes or terminate the supervision relationship

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

allow trainee to express goals for supervision and review plan to work toward goals with specific timeline

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

utilize plan in supervision

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.