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2020-04-02-CATF-Spare the Rod

Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

HARRIS COUNTY CHILD ABUSE TASK FORCE PRESENTS Spare the Rod - Spoil the Child? Taking a Look at Corporal Punishment (Physical Discipline) in Texas From a Cultural, Medical and Legal Perspective Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:30am-9:00am Registration 9:00 am-4:15pm Workshop Lunch included 6 CEs (6 clock Hours), CLE approved (6 clock Hours). and TCOLE pending: Social Work, Professional Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Professional Education The Children's Assessment Center Training Center, 2500 Bolsover, Houston, TX 77005 Peta-gay Ledbetter, PhD, LPC-S, RN Director of Clinical Services, The Alliance Wellness Center Marcella Donaruma, MD, FAAP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine Section of Public Health Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital Lt. Patrick LeBlanc Special Victims Division, Houston Police Department Lt. James A. Lovett Asst. Commander of the Special Victims Unit - Child Abuse and Missing Persons Harris County Sheriff's Department Lacy Johnson, JD Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney's Office Michele Oncken, JD Division Chief, Mental Health and Child Fatality Division Harris County District Attorney's Office While there are Texas laws against child abuse, it's legal in all 50 states for parents to physically discipline their children. Many adults who were physically disciplined as children still consider it ok to do so. When it comes to the use of corporal punishment, there is an ongoing debate on whether or not spanking and hitting a child is an acceptable form of parenting. Objectives: 1) Increase cultural awareness and give examples of differences in parental discipline in some cultures. 2) Discuss ways to address multicultural differences in a culturally competent manner. 3) Assess the physical and mental effects of corporal punishment from a medical perspective. 4) Discuss the CPS investigation based on the Texas Family Code guidelines. 5) Discuss the law enforcement investigation based on the Texas Penal Code guidelines. 6) Discuss criminal laws relating to corporal punishment, assess the legal defenses to prosecution, and recognize when corporal punishment becomes abuse.
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