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BCBA Receives Cease & Desist

Post Series: Ethics Scenario Archive


A BCBA needs to approach a colleague about questionable clinical practices and/or professional ethical practices (e.g., outdated intervention procedures or not following the PECC to resolve conflicts). Instead of interacting with the BCBA, the colleague in question uses an attorney to send out a cease and desist for alleged slander before direct attempts to connect with colleague to clear up confusion. How should this be handled?


  • Codes to Consider: 7.02, 1.01, 1.02, 1.03
  • Steps to Explore: Consult with an attorney due to cease and desist letter. That may not be a safe place to stop if there is clinical concern. Staff with leadership team. Reach out to the BACB or AzBoPE.
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