Nearly 700,000 children are abused each year in the United States and an average of 5 children die each day as a result of maltreatment. Researchers have found that spanking is the most prevalent risk factor for injuries and fatalities and that upwards of nearly 70 percent of parents admit to using physical punishment.
With these statistics in mind, in November 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a strong policy statement against spanking children, requiring pediatricians to address this very common but harmful parenting practice.
Yet, many pediatricians and other health professionals are not prepared, either academically or in practice, to have this difficult conversation in an effective and efficient way in the exam room or other clinical settings. Professionals are also hesitant about broaching this controversial issue with parents from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. This unique workshop will not only address these fears, but will also provide participants with the communication tools to navigate these longstanding cultural landmines.
Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd began her career as a child abuse prosecutor more than 25 years ago. Ms. LeBlanc opened Child Advocacy Centers in rural and urban parishes, became the chief of the Felony Child Abuse Division, and began the Family Violence Program. She received the “Outstanding Prosecutor Award” from Victims and Citizens Against Crime for the unit’s 94% conviction rate and the prosecution of a 20 year old child rape case, which garnered national media attention.
Ms. LeBlanc is the Founding Director of the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, two nonprofit programs for Children’s Hospital New Orleans that treat over 1,500 children annually. She serves on several state and national boards including as President of the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Vice President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Stacie regularly teaches on the prevention of child sexual abuse. In 2017, she launched the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) Program as an adjunct professor at Tulane University. CAST is a nationally recognized curriculum training students how to effectively respond to child maltreatment utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.
Stacie has received numerous recognitions for her advocacy and was recognized for 11 successful legislative amendments. She was named the Champion for Children for Policy and Legislation, received the FBI Directors and Community Leadership Award, Outstanding Prosecutor Award, and Health Care Hero Award by New Orleans City Business. Stacie was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Victims and Citizens Against Crime for her contributions to the field of child maltreatment.
Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MSW, MJ is a clinical and forensic social worker, who serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse. Throughout her 30 year career, she has conducted more than 2500 child abuse evaluations and provided expert testimony more than 600 times. She is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director with The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University.
Dr. Vaughan-Eden is President Emerita of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, and President of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. She lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals. She has authored several child abuse related articles and was co-editor of the 2012 APSAC Practice Guidelines: Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse.
Viola was an invited panelist on two Congressional Briefings – Spare the Rod, Protect the Child: A Reconsideration of Corporal Punishment of Children in Homes and Schools (November 2015) and Protecting Child Safety in Family Court (September 2016). She serves as Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Social Work Education and on the board of several research journals. Viola is the recipient of several honors including as a 2019 Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Leadership Scholar and the 2012 NASW – Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with everyone at the conference.
We were delighted to have you as our guest speaker at the Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute. The teachers wanted to extend the time allotted - this is a great compliment to you!