We wanted to give you a brief update of our meeting today. Anne Jovanovic, James Porter and myself (Sharon Gabison) brought our concerns forward today to the BACB Legal Department regarding reported alleged unethical practices by BCBAs practicing in the field. We gave them examples of issues that parents have reported to us. We reviewed the history of IBI service delivery in this province. We explained the differences between DFO and DSO. They confirmed to us what we already knew. No BCBA, BCaBA or BCBA-D are immune to the codes and can be sanctioned for unethical practices. The guidelines for practice can be found here:
They have asked us to start with two things: 1) Bring forward the cases in which violations have occurred, 2) Bring forward “patterns” of alleged unethical practices. This means, that any BCBA that has engaged in any of the following practices can be investigated: terminating services without proper transition plans, using non-validated assessment tools (such as the Clinical Decision Making Guidelines, NASA Assessments, eligibility screens) that are used to determine if a child is eligible to receive/stay in services, claiming that IBI will be harmful to the child (Including that IBI will increase challenging behaviours), and abandoning clients. If you have gone through the IRM process, please get in touch with us.
It is EXTREMELY important that you obtain your child’s clinical notes and records. We need to bring forward documentation to support these alleged claims. If any parent is willing to share the DFO review packages and the NASA (especially if your child was deemed not suitable for IBI) please forward to us. This information will be kept in strict confidence. Will we work closely with you and the BACB Legal Department.
We are bringing these concerns forward, so that the practice of ABA in this province is delivered ethically, and appropriately no matter what setting the BCBA works in. We do not want these alleged unethical practices to continue and impact children currently in services and those children who will be receiving services in the future.
To recap from this week’s earlier announcement:
2) On Wednesday August 17, 2016 we will be meeting with the Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). Psychologists practicing in this practice have the obligation to follow standards of practice. If you are interested, the standards can be found here: “Standards of Professional Conduct”
All psychologists, no matter where their practice setting is, including those signing off on documents, must adhere to these standards or they can be reported.
If you have any concerns and would like them to be brought up during our meetings, please feel free to contact me. If you need to discuss a specific situation, please feel free to email me.
We will be to forwarding concerns to the BACB/CPO from the 83 families that have forwarded their name to me via the survey (Challenges with the Autism Intervention Program) we issued earlier this month. 122 parents have completed the survey so far and 83 parents have agreed to have their names forwarded to the minister or BACB.
If you have not completed the survey, it is still not too late. The survey can be found here:
If you have received your child’s clinical notes and records and would like to scan and send me anything that can be forwarded to the BACB or College of Psychologists of Ontario as proof, please send me a private message. If you have not requested the clinical notes and records, you can still do so by downloading the file attached to this message, printing it up and sending it to the regional program. We are strongly encouraging you to retrieve your child’s clinical notes and records so anything can be substantiated.
Finally, if you have not signed the petition to have Dr. Porter added to the Implementation Advisory Committee, please do so by following this link: