Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment - SW265

Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment

by Maria LaPadula, PhD and Chermaine L Tyler, BA, MS, PhD
(4.4 / 333 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Spanking, other physical/corporal punishment, and child abuse are very different. How does a person differentiate among them? More importantly, how does a child perceive the difference? Traditionally, American parents have used spanking and other forms of corporal punishment to discipline their children. However, corporal punishment can have negative outcomes. In some children, it may even result in aggressive behavior. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can be instrumental in initiating discussions with parents to educate them regarding effective discipline strategies and associated child emotional and behavioral patterns. Healthcare providers are also in the unique position to offer treatment and make intervention referrals for parents who may be at risk for using overly harsh and potentially damaging physical punishment. This educational activity will provide information to assist in those discussions.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, social workers, and psychologists with information about parent and child factors commonly seen in families who use physical discipline and to present evidence regarding effects of corporal punishment on children. Information about alternative discipline strategies will also be provided. Additionally, descriptions of resources for caregivers will be presented to ensure professionals are equipped when initiating discussions with patients and families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss spanking and physical punishment of children
  • State outcomes associated with physical punishment
  • Present resources for alternative disciplinary strategies

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, social workers and clinical psychologists.
Social workers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2017 to February 15, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 general continuing education clock hour.
Relias, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0009. This approval is for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2020.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study, Non-interactive
Instructional Method: Narrative with Clinical Vignette

Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Intermediate
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of members of the Provider Unit Planning Committee and continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee or designated staff within 5 working days.
If the results of the grievance process are unsatisfactory, New Jersey social workers have the option to contact the approving entity, with an option to appeal to their licensing board.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919

Course Originally Released on: 2/27/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/27/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/27/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Denny B - Plano, TX  ·  Jan 28, 2020
great course for all healthcare workers to do
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Casey R - Mishawaka, IN  ·  Nov 25, 2019
Very useful information
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Regina C - Santa Rosa, CA  ·  Aug 10, 2019
This was a helpful insight into the problem with spanking.
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Constance B - Milwaukee, WI  ·  Aug 09, 2019
Statistic were surprising and interesting
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Kayla W - Cincinnati, OH  ·  Aug 01, 2019
Good information, no suggestion for changes
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00