2.0 Ethics Case 2

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

Supervisee will not engage in supervision

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


5.06 Providing Feedback to Supervisees. a) Behavior analysts design feedback and reinforcement systems in a way that improves supervisee performance.
Consider dimensions of the problem

Consult with other BCBA Supervisors
Consult BCBA Ethical guidelines

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

Supervisee is not engaging in supervision which will lead to poor outcome for clients

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

Refer supervisee back to the contract and the reasons supervision may have to be terminated. Set specific dates and time for future events to occur. If continued failure let management know that you cannot ethically supervise this individual

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

Continued review of supervisee’s progress.

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.