Vignette 2 Experience Ethics Suggested Responses Supervision Course


Problem-solving step Your response Response example
Identify the problem

Ken has put off his supervision hours until the very end of the month and has re-scheduled the last three group supervision meetings.

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

5.02- Behavior analysts take on only a volume of supervisory activity that is commensurate with their ability
to be effective.

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 must lighten his caseload
could get fired
could cause him to be ineffective
could open up to ethical violations

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 must lighten casload

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


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.