Discontinuing Behavior-Change Programs and Behavior
Discontinuing Behavior-Change Programs and Behavior-Analytic Services.
(a) Behavior analysts establish understandable and objective (i.e., measurable) criteria for the discontinuation of the behavior change program and describe them to the client. (See also, 2.15d Interrupting or Discontinuing Services)
(b) Behavior analysts discontinue services with the client when the established criteria for discontinuation are attained, as in when a series of agreed-upon goals have been met. (See also, 2.15d Interrupting or Discontinuing Services)
5.0 Behavior Analysts as Supervisors.
When behavior analysts are functioning as supervisors, they must take full responsibility for all facets of this undertaking. (See also, 1.06 Multiple Relationships and Conflict of Interest, 1.07 Exploitative Relationships, 2.05 Rights and Prerogatives of Clients, 2.06 Maintaining Confidentiality, 2.15 Interrupting or Discontinuing Services, 8.04 Media Presentations and Media-Based Services, 9.02 Characteristics of Responsible Research, 10.05 Compliance with BACB Supervision and Coursework Standards)
5.01 Supervisory Competence.
Behavior analysts supervise only within their areas of defined competence.
5.02 Supervisory Volume.
Behavior analysts take on only a volume of supervisory activity that is commensurate with their ability to be effective.
5.03 Supervisory Delegation.
- a) Behavior analysts delegate to their supervisees only those responsibilities that such persons can reasonably be expected to perform competently, ethically, and safely.
- b) If the supervisee does not have the skills necessary to perform competently, ethically, and safely, behavior analysts provide conditions for the acquisition of those skills.
5.04 Designing Effective Supervision and Training.
Behavior analysts ensure that supervision and trainings are behavior-analytic in content, effectively and ethically designed, and meet the requirements for licensure, certification, or other defined goals.
5.05 Communication of Supervision Conditions.
Behavior analysts provide a clear written description of the purpose, requirements, evaluation criteria, conditions, and terms of supervision prior to the onset of the supervision.
5.06 Providing Feedback to Supervisees. a) Behavior analysts design feedback and reinforcement systems in a way that improves supervisee
performance. b) Behavior analysts provide documented, timely feedback regarding the performance of a supervisee
on an ongoing basis. (See also, 10.05 Compliance with BACB Supervision and Coursework Standards)
5.07 Evaluating the Effects of Supervision.
Behavior analysts design systems for obtaining ongoing evaluation of their own supervision activities.
6.0 Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to the Profession of Behavior Analysis.
Behavior analysts have an obligation to the science of behavior and profession of behavior analysis.
6.01 Affirming Principles.
- a) Above all other professional training, behavior analysts uphold and advance the values, ethics, and principles of the profession of behavior analysis.
- b) Behavior analysts have an obligation to participate in behavior-analytic professional and scientific organizations or activities.
6.02 Disseminating Behavior Analysis.
Behavior analysts promote behavior analysis by making information about it available to the public through presentations, discussions, and other media.
7.0 Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues.
Behavior analysts work with colleagues within the profession of behavior analysis and from other professions and must be aware of these ethical obligations in all situations. (See also, 10.0 Behavior Analysts’ Ethical Responsibility to the BACB)
7.01 Promoting an Ethical Culture.
Behavior analysts promote an ethical culture in their work environments and make others aware of this Code.
7.02 Ethical Violations by Others and Risk of Harm.
(a) If behavior analysts believe there may be a legal or ethical violation, they first determine whether there is potential for harm, a possible legal violation, a mandatory-reporting condition, or an agency, organization, or regulatory requirement addressing the violation.
(b) If a client’s legal rights are being violated, or if there is the potential for harm, behavior analysts must take the necessary action to protect the client, including, but not limited to, contacting relevant authorities, following organizational policies, and consulting with appropriate professionals, and documenting their efforts to address the matter.
(c) If an informal resolution appears appropriate, and would not violate any confidentiality rights, behavior analysts attempt to resolve the issue by bringing it to the attention of that individual and documenting their efforts to address the matter. If the matter is not resolved, behavior analysts report the matter to the appropriate authority (e.g., employer, supervisor, regulatory authority).
(d) If the matter meets the reporting requirements of the BACB, behavior analysts submit a formal complaint to the BACB. (See also, 10.02 Timely Responding, Reporting, and Updating of Information Provided to the BACB)