Unintended Consequences: What We Now Know about Spanking and Child Development

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About this Webinar

"It works!" "I don't believe there are downsides to spanking!", "Spanking is not hitting and certainly not abuse!" , "It is a normal and necessary part of parenting in my community!".  These arguments and many others are commonly used by parents to defend their use of spanking as a discipline technique. While many parents are continuing to spank their children, researchers are starting to reveal meta-analyses that conflict with the ideas behind the arguments in favor of spanking. This 90-minute webinar will provide service professionals with an in-depth look at spanking, the research behind it, and its effects on children's development.

Presenter Information

Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how parenting generally and discipline, in particular, affect the development of children. Her research combines longitudinal and hierarchical methods for understanding the dynamic and multilayered contexts of children's lives.

CEU and Certificate of Completion Information

We will be granting 1.5 CEUs through the University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist licenses. The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work is an approved CE provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, and Oklahaoma. However, participants are encouraged to check with their states' latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CE rules.

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