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Naptime

Scenario “Nap time while in center. Some of our early learner still require naps. The concern is that as the client is napping, the company is not billing during nap time which clinicians believe is consider a dual relationship as it is “babysitting” while the client is sleeping.” Possible solutions: Sending the client home. Ending…

Caseload Concerns

Scenario “The company I work for assigns caseloads of 12-14 patients per BCBA. 14 would be for BCBAs that have a masters level student working under them in a mentorship program. My ethical dilemma is that I do not feel I am able to give my patients the full service that I have prescribed, and…

Client Assessment & Discontinuation

Scenario “BCBA recently had clinic administration call parents of early learner to pick up during a tantrum and discharged child with a referral to get a “mental health evaluation”. No behavior data was taken and no assessment of the tantrum behaviors. Behaviors were typical of an early learner starting ABA services.” Committee Input (e.g., considerations…

Do we have any ethical guidelines regarding shared work spaces among two companies that provide similar ABA services in a private property?

Scenario Work space sharing is becoming an efficient way to share resources among hospitals and other business models. Do we have any ethical guidelines regarding shared work spaces among two companies that provide similar ABA services in a private property? We can address the confidentiality issues but we wanted to make sure we did our…

Employer Requiring Same Number of ABA Hours for All New Clients from New BCaBA

Scenario You obtained your Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification 3-months ago. You went from working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), as you accumulated your required supervised fieldwork hours, to a position as a BCaBA with the same company. Suddenly, you had more authority to make decisions regarding your clients’ treatment programs, as…

Connecting Families That Are Clients

Scenario I work for an ABA company that offers in home ABA services. I have three plus families that live within a couple mile radius of each other. Multiple parents have asked me if I know of any other children or families around that are similar age skill set etc. The parents are wanting to…

College Recommendation Letter for Client

Scenario Client that is being billed through insurance by the Agency that I work for is being accepted into college courses. He would like a letter of recommendation from his supervisor for some scholarship opportunities. Is it ethically appropriate to provide a letter for his college? What would be precautious steps to take in the…

Hiring Behavior Analyst Trainees at a School District

Scenario A school district posted a job opening for a BCBA, and said they would take someone non-certified, as long as the person pays for their own supervision. Would another district BCBA still be responsible for providing supervision, especially during the time between supervision ending (1500 hours completed) and time of certification? Response Committee Input:…

Student Using Social Media Inappropriately

Scenario I am a founder and executive director for a school for children with ASD. We have a female HS student who has an iPhone with access to her own social media accounts. She is very socially motivated. She comes from a single parent, low SES home. Her mother can be challenging to work with.…

Website Testimonials

Scenario Using testimonials on website, no disclaimers Response Committee Input: Reach out to organization’s leaders (BCBAs) as soon as possible to resolve (lead with education). Provide guidance on code and potential action items. Follow up on website/with BCBA after initial conversation. Document actions taken (include dates)   Exploration: If parents wrote the testimonial, consent is implied to use…

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