As the legal definition of reasonable force continues to contract, there is increasing tension between criminal justice/child protection professionals and parents who physically discipline their children based on religious beliefs. Using a case study, this workshop offers concrete guidelines for MDTs working with caretakers whose physical discipline of their children exceeds the law but is rooted in their interpretations of scripture.
1. Understand the research on the medical and mental health impacts of corporal punishment.
2. Learn a thorough grounding in the teachings of major faith communities on corporal punishment.
3. Acquire concrete, culturally sensitive guidelines for working with a parent who insists on physical discipline pursuant to the tenets of his or her faith.