Working Positively With Culturally Diverse Families on Issues of Physical Abuse and Discipline

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

This workshop explores the delicate and controversial line between corporal punishment and physical abuse, and how ethnic culture influences our work on these issues. Participants will learn practical techniques for helping families from all groups reduce their use of violent parenting with their children. Examples will be drawn from African American, Somali, Latino, Asian, religious, and military families.


  • Understand the complex line between physical abuse and discipline.
  • Help families from diverse cultural groups reduce their use of harsh punishment with children.
  • Understand the ways in which corporal punishment is associated with harm to children.
  • Be able to employ new techniques to engage culturally diverse families in reducing their use of corporal punishment.

Location: JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013                   Time: 8:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30a.m. The training will begin promptly at 9:00a.m.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This is a moderate level training.

CEUs: Social workers will receive 4 CEUs in clinical or cultural competence. Family Connections, provider #1252, 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.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions & Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until March 22, 2013. After March 22nd, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee. 

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on March 22nd.

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