Spare the Rod – Spoil the Child?
Taking a Look at Corporal Punishment (Physical Discipline) in Texas
From a Cultural, Medical and Legal Perspective

Part 1~ Medical and Mental Health Perspective 


Tuesday, August 4, 2020
9:00 am-12:30 pm 

3 CEs (3 clock Hours), CLE and TCOLE approved:
Social Work, Professional Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, and
 Professional Education.  Attorneys and Law Enforcement Officers. 

FREE Educational Webinar 

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.


Nizete-Ly Valles, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavior Science
Baylor College of Medicine, 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


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.

Who Should Attend:  This workshop is designed for professionals who work with children, families and in the field of child abuse.  This includes professionals in child advocacy, children’s protective services, social work, counseling, mental health, education, law enforcement, legal professionals, and more.

Texas Center for the Missing
2500 Bolsover, Houston, TX 77005
P: 713.599.0235

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