Application Scenarios: What would you do? 3

Your response Response example
What are the ethical concerns?

hostile work environment by the client’s family

  • Ongoing gifts (1.11)
How might you approach this situation if you were the supervisor?

Talk with the family and provide a checklist

While the flow chart indicates that 1.11 should be immediately reported, this situation could possibly allow for some judgement by the supervisor. First, the inappropriate use of gifts has been one-sided (the family is not responding). Further, it seems that the RBT is inexperienced and using what he knows from personal relationships to improve his professional one. The supervisor could explain how his attempts to manage the situation present an ethical concern and talk about fair expectations for the family and how to set boundaries on what is appropriate (and also how to enforce those boundaries with the family). The supervisor might also talk to the family about expectations and boundaries. Other possible solutions could include moving therapy to another location (such as the client’s day program) and offering ABA parent training to the caregivers.