How would you resolve these issues. All you need to do is provide how you would resolve each case.


CASE STUDY Number:  16


Ethical Guidelines addressed in this case:

2.13 Fees, Financial Arrangements, and Terms of Consultation

a) As early as feasible in a professional or scientific relationship, the behavior analyst and the client or other appropriate recipient of behavior analytic services reach an agreement specifying compensation and billing analystents.

c) Prior to the implementation of services the behavior analyst will provide in writing the terms of consultation with regard to specific requirements for providing services and the responsibility of all parties (a contract or Declaration of Professional Services) (pg 303).


2.16 Interrupting or Terminating Services

b) When entering into employment or contractual relatiagreementehavior analysts provide for orderly and appropriate resolution of responsibility for client care in the event that the employment or contractual relationship ends, with paramount consideration given to the welfare of the client.

c) Behavior analysts do not abandon clients. Behavior analysts terminate a professional relationship when it becomes reasonably clear that the client no longer needs the service, is not benefitting, or is being harmed by continued service.


6.06 Conflicts with Organizations

If the demands of an organization with which behavior analysts are affiliated conflict with these Guidelines, behavior analysts clarify the nature of the conflict, make known their commitment to these Guidelines, and to the extent feasible, seek to resolve the conflict in a way that permits the fullest adherence to these Guidelines.


Resolve the issue:

According to Guideline 2.16, a behavior analyst should not abandon clients; services should only be terminated if the client no longer needs the service, the client is not benefitting, or the client is being harmed. In this specific case, it would be unethical for the behavior analyst to abandon clients on the basis of pay. Before discontinuing services, the provider should set up a meeting to negotiate compensation and billing arrangements, as noted in Guideline 2.13 regarding Fees, Financial Arrangements and Terms of Consultation (Bailey & Burch 2011).The school district and the service provider should compose a written contract regarding payment. In this case the service provider is faced with conflict with her employer, the school district. As noted in guideline 6.06, the behavior analyst is ethically obligated to attempt to resolve the conflict adhering to the guidelines (Bailey & Burch, 2011). To resolve this issue, the service provider should confront the school district regarding her pay, arrange a meeting, and compose a written contract regarding paymen


Case Study #18:


Primary Ethical Issue: A behavior analyst is asked to follow a designed intervention of a point-sheet by a clinical psychologist for a 10 year old regarding her noncompliance at school (said psychologist has not observed the child at school). The behavior analyst noticed the point-sheet intervention is not working and wonders if she should bring this to the parent’s attention. The parents are adamant about the behavior analyst following the point-sheet since they have been with the clinical psychologist for a long time. The behavior analyst is a fairly new BCBA and doesn’t want to make the wrong impression on the family.


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