Ethical Dilemma No. 5
Many of the requests for my services as a behavior consultant come when agencies or schools are struggling with families and are at odds with what to do to help a child with his or her behavior difficulties. The agency or school provides the funding to pay for my services and is the one who initiates my involvement with the student. At times, my review of the case and the analysis of the data I have gathered lead me to believe that previous interventions were not well thought out and were primarily of a reactive nature. Indeed, they many have actually caused the situation to become worse. Several times, families have asked me point-blank as to the cause of the ...view middle of the document...
â€¢ Families are asking the behavior consultant straight out as to the cause of their studentâ€™s behavior and his/her opinion of the previous interventions.
â€¢ The behavior consultant does not know how to ethically respond without risking alienating the agency or school and giving the families a possible reason to not trust the people involved with their child.
3. List all Core Ethical Principles that apply to this ethical dilemma, and provide a 1-2 sentence explanation of each principleâ€™s relevance to this specific ethical dilemma.
The Core Ethical Principles that apply to this ethical dilemma are the following:
a. Do No Harm â€“ This core ethical principle is relevant because it is the behavior consultantâ€™s responsibility to ensure that no harm comes to the client (which includes the family).
b. Benefiting Others - This core ethical principle is relevant because the primary role of the behavior analyst is to benefit others in whatever setting or situation they may work. The behavior consultant must remember who the client is in this case and make sure that he/she benefits them to the best extent possible.
c. Being Just - This core ethical principle is relevant because we treat others as we would want to be treated. The behavior consultant in this case needs to treat the families as she would want to be treated and that is with truth and honesty with goes with the next Core Ethical Principle.
d. Being Truthful - This core ethical principle is relevant because it is based on trust. Being truthful and honest with professionals and clients provides the basis for better relationships.
e. According Dignity â€“ This core ethical principle is relevant because it is based on helping clients (which includes the family) effectively represent themselves in situations where they canâ€™t. It is based on treating clients with dignity and respect and it is the behavior consultantâ€™s job to do so in this scenario.
f. Treating Others With Caring and Compassion - This core ethical principle is relevant because all the other core ethical principles relate to this one. The behavior consultantâ€™s responsibility, according to this Core Ethical Principle, those clients is given a choice based on the data that the behavior consultant provides to them. It also demonstrates sympathy and concern between the interpersonal relationship between the behavior consultant and the families and their children.
g. Accepting Responsibility - This core ethical principle is relevant because it is the behavior consultantâ€™s responsibility to accept the task of adhering to these Guidelines in an ethical manner while working in a professional life. The behavior analyst needs to put the client personal interests above her own, avoid conflicts, and take the responsibility for her actions even if this puts the agency/school at risk of losing clients.
4. Identify three of the most important BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct that you feel this ethical...