Ending Corporal Punishment in New York State

February 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
New York
Child Abuse Medical Provider Program

Co-sponsored by:
Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling
International Association of Forensic Nurses New York State Chapter
New York State Academy of Family Physicians
New York State American Academy of Pediatrics – Chapters 1, 2 & 3

Proudly Present:

Ending Corporal Punishment in New York State

Webinar Speakers:
Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD
Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS


American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – New York (APSAC-NY)
The New York State chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) mission is to improve New York State’s response to the identification, investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Its membership is multidisciplinary, consisting of professionals and leaders in the field of child maltreatment in New York State. The New York State chapter of APSAC provides an opportunity for professionals in New York State to meet, share ideas and experiences, develop strategies for improving professional services to clients, influence public policy and educate the public, other professionals, and policy makers about child maltreatment.

Child Abuse Medical Provider Program (CHAMP)
Since its founding in 1997, the CHAMP Program has worked to improve New York State’s medical response to child abuse. In addition to educating eligible pediatric practitioners to become CHAMP Network Members, CHAMP provides Internet-based education. These courses, webcasts, and web-based resources help medical providers improve the diagnosis, treatment and reporting of child abuse and neglect.



February 14, 2018 from 12 noon to 1 pm

Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences
University of Texas at Austin

The majority of American parents spank their children, despite the fact that decades of research link spanking with harm to children. In this presentation, Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff will summarize the research and its implications for medical professionals.  She will also describe several strategies in medical settings that have successfully changed parents’ attitudes about and use of physical punishment.

The purpose of this educational webcast is quality improvement.
Learning Objectives – Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the research findings linking spanking with harm to children
  • Identify why alternatives to spanking are more effective and have less risk for adverse outcomes for children
  • Describe strategies to change parents’ attitudes about physical punishment that can be introduced in a medical setting


February 28, 2018 from 12 noon to 1 pm

Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS
Professor of Pediatrics, Division Head, Child Protection Services
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Addressing punishment and discipline is a regular challenge in primary care. Parenting practices can have substantial and long lasting consequences for children’s health and development. This session will offer practical guidance on screening for harsh punishment, engaging parents who may believe deeply in less than optimal approaches and encouraging them to adopt more constructive strategies. Participants will be invited to raise dilemmas they’ve faced in practice.

The purpose of this educational webcast is quality improvement.
Learning Objectives – Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize alternative discipline strategies
  • Describe how to share ideas about discipline with their patients’ families
  • Describe how to incorporate advice about discipline into a busy practice


Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D. is a Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on how parental and school discipline affect child and youth development and how parent education and early education programs, such as the Federal Head Start program, can improve the lives of at-risk children. She is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of physical punishment on children. She currently serves as Director of the Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Development in Context and as Associate Director for Faculty Development at the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Gershoff has been awarded numerous federal grants to support her research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Howard Dubowitz, M.D., MS is a Professor of Pediatrics and head of the Division of Child Protection within the Pediatrics Department, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dubowitz is a Past-President of the Ray Helfer Society, an honorary international group of physicians working the child maltreatment field. He has served as on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and the national boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Dubowitz led the development of the Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) model, building upon the opportunities in pediatric primary care to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Dr. Dubowitz has over 180 publications and he has presented at many national and international conferences.

Educational Webcast

Pre-registration is required for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM Award.  This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who may respond to suspected child abuse.

This activity has been planned and implemented by Ann Botash, MD.  She and the speakers, Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD, and Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS, have no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation: SUNY UPSTATE Medical University is accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: UPSTATE Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy To ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all certified CME activity UPSTATE Medical University requires that all planners, faculty and individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest.  Detailed disclosures will be made in writing prior to speaker presentations.

Please note that the registration form covers both presentations.  Even if you plan to attend only one of the webcasts, use this registration form.
In order to receive CME credit, you will also need to complete an evaluation for EACH webcast you attended.
Register by emailing a completed registration form to JoAnne Race,
CHAMP Program Manager: racej@upstate.edu.

Be sure to save completed registration form before re-attaching it to an email to racej@upstate.edu.
*Registration deadline is noon Tuesday, February 13.

JoAnne Race, CHAMP Program Manager
Phone 315-883-5615
FAX 315-883-5616