You work as a behavioral analyst for a private non-profit agency in your town. One Saturday afternoon while at a local college football game, you see one of your clients with her family. You and your family are not sitting near her, but you can see her clearly. You wave to capture her attention and hesitantly, she returns your wave. Your daughter asks who you are waving to and you tell her that one of your clients is at the game with her family.
During half-time, you go to the concession stand with your spouse and bump into the client and her husband. You and your spouse approach the client so that you can greet her; she seems uncomfortable, but you want to show her that you care about her and are not embarrassed to acknowledge her in public. You introduce your husband and wait for her to introduce her spouse - she does not. You part company and return to your seat. Your spouse asks how you know the client and you tell him that she is a client.
There are many ethical problems with this scenario; identify as many of these as you can, tell what the counselor did wrong, and provide suggestions for better ways to handle this situation using your notes and research of federal laws. (ABA students should also include any relevant information from the BACB guidelines for responsible conduct and disciplinary standards documents.)
(1) There are many ethical problems with this scenario; identify as many of these as you can, tell what the counselor did wrong,
Ethical decision making is important because therapeutic services carry significant potential harmful consequences. For example, sometimes confidentiality is violated just on the basis of careless or insufficient awareness of the extent that some disclosures can affect clients. In this scenario, the first ethical violation that was committed by the counselor was in his recognition of his client. He sought the client out by waving to him. Next, he informs his son that the man is his client.Under Standard 3.05 (b) of the American Psychological Association's (APA, 2000) Code of Ethics, the counselor/practitioner should take steps to resolve any potential harm that might arise from this relationship (e.g. ensuring confidentiality). The APA's Code of Ethics would require that the counselor take reasonable steps to resolve any potential harm that might arise from the counselor-client relationship (e.g. consultation, ensuring confidentiality. Equally important in adhering to the code of ethics is the respect the counselor must give for the person's integrity (Principle A, Beneficence) of the APA (2002) code (www.apa.org. In this particular case in the scenario, the client appears unwilling to ...
This solution discusses the ethical guidelines of behavior analysts practicing in non-profit agencies.