2.0 Ethics Case 3

Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

Yvonne appear to have not completed the communication of supervision conditions accurately. Her supervisee misunderstood how to calculate supervision hours. She needed to have designed a presentation on how to calculate supervision hours.

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

Codes that were violated were 5.04 (Designing Effective Supervision and Training), 5.05 (Communication of Supervision Conditions).

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

The problem can become even greater than is because the supervisee may lay blame on the supervisor. She may decide to file a complaint to the BACB about the supervisor for neglecting to check fieldwork hours regularly.

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

The supervisor should set up a meeting with the supervisee and review the calculation supervision hours, as well as identify the types of activities that are restricted, unrestricted, supervision, and unacceptable hours. The supervisor should apologize for neglecting to check the Fieldwork file regularly. However, the error should be corrected.

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

Meet with the supervisee, explain the problem, correct the error, and revise the fieldwork log so that it reflects the accurate number of 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 should result in logging in the number of hour accurately.

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