Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

Ken’s supervisee’s are not receiving the required oversight and supervision from a BCBA required to fulfil fieldwork experience requirements. It is also a problem for the clients whom the supervisee’s work with they are now receiving services from pre-certification candidates who are inadequately supervised

Ken’s responsibilities have increased but no room has been made in his schedule.
Relevant ethical codes


5.02 Supervisory Volume – Ken’s volume of supervision has exceeded his ability to be effective.
Consider dimensions of the problem

Supervision by a BCBA may be a required condition of services received by the supervisee’s clients

Ken has responsibilities to both his clients and his trainees. His workload has exceeded his ability to be effective as a supervisor.
Consider courses of action & potential consequences

Ken should consult with other colleagues for guidance on this matter and/or consult other expert sources (e.g. BACB, Dr. Bailey)

Decrease client caseload – Ken could take a look at his client caseload and see about transferring some cases to a colleague. This course of action would affect the most people, as his clients’ families, support staff, and school/work personnel have relationships with Ken.
Select a course of action

Ken should communicate to his company that he cannot adequately supervise therapists training for their RBT cert at this time. Next, he should arrange for his pre-cert supervisees to be adequately supervised by other BCBA’s who have this supervisory volume

Ken considers how the standards encourage trainees to work with more than one supervisor. He asks his director about bringing in an additional BCBA to help with supervision.
Implement and evaluate course of action

This plan allows Ken to focus on his client’s needs and ensure his supervisees are accessing the necessary supervised hours from a BCBA

The director was responsive to Ken’s request. There was a part-time BCBA who had availability and interest in becoming a supervisor. Moving forward, the supervision case assignments will be adjusted to allow for more room in Ken’s schedule.