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

Part 2 ~ Legal Perspective


Thursday, August 6, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 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.

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. 


Herbert C. Canada, III, M.M.Ed
Child Protection Investigation
Program Director,
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

 Lt. Patrick LeBlanc
Special Victims Division, Houston Police 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

1) Discuss the CPS investigation based on the Texas Family Code guidelines.
2) Discuss the law enforcement investigation based on the Texas Penal Code guidelines.
3) Discuss criminal laws relating to corporal punishment, assess the legal defenses to prosecution, and recognize when corporal punishment becomes abuse. 

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
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