2.0 Ethics Case 3

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

never checked the log

A mistake was made and it is too late to make-up the supervision hours that were never delivered.
Relevant ethical codes

behavior analysts as supervisors

5.04 Designing Effective Supervision and Training. Behavior analysts ensure that supervision and trainings are behavior-analytic in content, effectively and ethically designed, and meet the requirements for licensure, certification, or other defined goals.
10.01 Truthful and Accurate Information Provided to the BACB.(a) Behavior analysts only provide truthful and accurate information in applications and documentation submitted to the BACB.(b) Behavior analysts ensure that inaccurate information submitted to the BACB is immediately corrected.
10.05 Compliance with BACB Supervision and Coursework Standards. Behavior analysts ensure that coursework (including continuing education events), supervised experience, RBT training and assessment, and BCaBA supervision are conducted in accordance with the BACB’s standards if these activities are intended to comply with BACB standards (See also, 5.0Behavior Analysts as Supervisors)
Consider dimensions of the problem

this is not only ineffective supervision but can lead to an audit down the road

The opportunity to provide the supervision hours has passed. Yvonne wants to correct the mistake but cannot. It was the trainee’s mistake, but Yvonne should have been checking the hours log.
They are both responsible, but ultimately it is Yvonne who signs off on the hours.
The monthly supervision verification forms are still valid, but the additional hours worked by the trainee cannot be counted because he did not receive supervision for them.
Consider courses of action & potential consequences

provide feedback and lessen case load

Yvonne can tell the trainee that there is nothing she can do.
She might also help the trainee make-up the hours in some way.
Another option is to provide the supervision now for the hours that he worked in previous months, though this option violates the Fieldwork Requirements protocol for delivering supervision hours.
Select a course of action

lessen case load and provide feedback

Yvonne decides that these hours cannot be made-up in an ethical manner. She proposes a plan where she finds the trainee an additional case assignment so he can work some extra hours and still finish supervision on time with his peers.
Implement and evaluate course of action

lessen case load and provide feedback

Yvonne still feels uneasy about her mistake but is relieved to have identified a solution that is ethically sound.