**Read Ethics Challenge #41 (Nov 2012) in the APBA Reporter. It will provide a discussion related to this topic**
A male BCBA is providing in-home services for an 11-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. The BCBA is an employee of a consulting agency, and services are paid for by the child’s school district. The BCBA is concerned because the child’s mother often leaves him alone in the home with the child. Both the BCBA and the school district have told the mother that leaving the BCBA alone with the child at home is against their respective policies. Yet the mother continues to leave the home when the BCBA is there, and says that she has errands that must be done at the time of day that ABA services are being provided. The family is of limited financial means, and cannot hire sitters for the child so that errands can be run at other times.
· What should the BCBA do?
· Comment on the questions raised with respect to how the BCBA could have been trained by their supervisor or what should be done with their current supervisor to navigate this situation.