2.0 Ethics Case 3

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

The supervisor did not adequately track the supervision requirements for the trainee’s requirements.

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

5.04, 5.02

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

Tracking the hours is the responsibility of both the supervisor and the trainee. The supervisor shared the drive with the trainee so they could track their hours. However, the supervisor should be regularly tracking those hours and should not have waited a year before checking the hours.

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

Yvonne needs to check her personal log of hours against the trainee’s to determine how much the trainee actually completed, which would likely upset the trainee, and could lead to the trainee administering a complaint against Yvonne.
Yvonne could sign off on the hours anyway and fix the logs to support what she signs off, which would be a major ethics violation.

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

Yvonne will have to consult her records to determine the hours that the trainee actually completed and brainstorm ways to make up other needed hours.

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

This course of action isn’t ideal because the trainee loses hours he thought he had. However, Yvonne doesn’t have much of a choice and did not fulfill her ethical supervisory responsibilities, so she will have to deal with the outcomes.

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