The Cultural Context of Corporal Punishment Conference

Helping all families reduce their use of corporal punishment and physical abuse through culturally responsive assessment, investigation, and interventions.

Keeping Kids Safe

Community-based professionals bring personal history and implicit biases to their work life that may negatively impact their ability to objectively assess and "see" the reality of a family’s situation. These factors can lead to over reporting or under reporting of incidences of child abuse, both resulting in poor outcomes for child health. Although some community-based professionals are familiar with research related specifically to child abuse, they may not be as familiar with the research on the short-term and long-term impact of corporal punishment on the developing child.

Expert faculty will discuss the significant negative impact corporal punishment has on the child’s physical and emotional development. Learners will have the opportunity to examine their personal biases, gain understanding of how these biases influence their daily work, and develop strategies to reduce the impact of bias in their work.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, has dedicated 25 years to improving the ability of professionals and communities to support immigrants, refugees, and families from cultural minority groups. Fontes is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Fontes is the author of numerous scholarly publications and the following books: Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families; Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner's Guide; and Under His Thumb No More: Confronting Men's Domination of Women in Personal Relationships. She has worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings and is a popular presenter and trainer in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Many of her writings can be found at under her name.

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Barbara Knox, MD

Barbara Knox’s, MD, mission for the UW Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program is to ensure the safety and well-being of infants, children and adolescents from throughout Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa. She cares for children who have been or are suspected of being victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and factitious illness by proxy. She also provides medical review of child abuse cases for social services agencies, law enforcement and prosecutors.

Knox’s research interests include use of telemedicine for assistance with remote-guided colposcopic exams, and telemedicine for regional child abuse evaluations.

Everett Mitchell, JD

Everett Mitchell, JD

Everett Mitchell, JD, was named Director of Community Relations in April 2012. Before coming to the University he was an assistant district attorney starting in May 2010. Previously, Mitchell served as associate director of the Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM) from 2004-2010 where he worked extensively with restorative justice programs for ex-offenders. He has been involved with a number of community service groups among them 100 Black Men of Madison, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Big Brothers, Schools of Hope, United Way, the Madison Homeless Housing Consortium and the Dane County Criminal Justice Planning Group. Mitchell has also served as an inmate mentor at Oakhill Correctional Institution through his work with MUM and as a mentor to children who have incarcerated parents.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion & Mathematics from Morehouse College, Masters of Divinity and Theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

More information on Everett Mitchell can be found at

Ismael Ozanne, JD

Ismael Ozanne, JD

Ismael Ozanne, JD, is a lifelong resident of Madison, Wisconsin.  He attended St. James elementary and middle school and graduated from Madison West High School in 1989. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science and graduated from UW Madison in 1994. While an undergrad, he played varsity soccer for the Badgers men’s soccer team, worked as an Assembly Page for the Wisconsin State Legislature, and staffed the Joint Committee on Finance. During summers, he was a tutor at Madison East High School for the Madison Metropolitan School District’s summer school program.

Ozanne received his Juris Doctorate from the UW Madison Law School in 1998. While in law school, he interned with the Legal Assistance for Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) at the Oxford Federal Prison, the Appellate Project (the start of the Innocence Project of today), and the Prosecution Project, which placed him in the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

In the summer of 1998, Ozanne was hired as an Assistant District Attorney by DA Diane Nicks. Ozanne has prosecuted cases ranging from civil traffic OWI 1st to First Degree Intentional Homicides. He handled felony and misdemeanor domestic violence cases for almost eight years before moving to a felony drug caseload. He was an executive board member for the Assistant State Prosecutor’s union (ASP), a member of the bargaining committee, and a union representative for the DA’s Office.

In February of 2008, Governor Doyle appointed Ozanne to be the Executive Assistant for the Department of Corrections (DOC), the largest cabinet agency in the state, with a budget of $1.2 billion, 10,000 employees, 20,000 adult inmates, 70,000 adults on community supervision, and wards of the juvenile system. Ozanne worked on the DOC’s budget, the DOC’s response to racial disparities, and Act 28 sentencing reforms. In July 2009, Governor Doyle appointed Ozanne to be the Deputy Secretary of the DOC, where he was in charge of daily operations.

On August 1, 2010, Governor Doyle appointed Ozanne to be the Dane County District Attorney, due to DA Blanchard being elected as a Court of Appeals judge. Notably, Ozanne is the first African America District Attorney in Wisconsin’s history.

Stacey Patton, PhD

Stacey Patton, PhD

Stacey Patton, PhD, is an adoptee, child abuse survivor, foster care alumna, nationally-recognized child advocate and founder of Spare The Kids, Inc., an organization that teaches alternatives to physical discipline of children in an effort to reduce racial disparities in foster care placements and prosecutions for child abuse.

In addition to her child advocacy work, Patton is an award-winning journalist and a senior enterprise reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Formerly, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City on issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile life without parole, and the Dignity in Schools project. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, BBC News, Al Jazeera, The Crisis Magazine and she is a weekly columnist for DAME Magazine.

Patton has appeared on NPR, BBC News, The Melissa Harris Perry Show, All In With Chris Hayes, and CBS Today.

She is currently working on two publications -- Spare The Kids: Why Whipping Children Won't Save Black America, and Why America Hates Black Children: From Jim Crow to the Era of King's Dream.

She resides in Washington, D.C.

Victor Vieth, JD

Victor Vieth, JD

Victor Vieth, JD, serves as the Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review.  Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Vieth has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.

General Information


Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Parking and Directions to the Conference Site

Housing Information

A block of rooms has been held for the night of November 19, 2015, at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace located at 9 East Johnson Street, Madison. Refer to the Cultural Context of Corporal Punishment Conference when making your reservation. This block of rooms will be released on October 19, 2015.

Call (608) 255-5100

NOTE: All costs are the responsibility of the guest. Be sure to note the cancellation policies should you no longer need the room.


Registration is available for one or both days of the conference. When registering, please identify what day(s) you will be attending the conference.

Registration costs:
Option A) Attending both days (Thursday & Friday, November 19-20, 2015): $170.00
Option B) Attending only on Day 1 (Thursday, November 19, 2015): $100.00
Option C) Attending only on Day 2 (Friday, November 20, 2015): $100.00

The conference fee includes all sessions, handouts and/or reference materials, a nonrefundable $50 cancellation/administrative fee, and continental breakfast, lunch, and a break. Cancellation through November 11, 2015, will allow a full refund except the $50 cancellation/administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after November 11, 2015.

Four Easy Ways to Register

  • Register Online (closed): Register In-person
  • By mail: Return your completed registration form and payment to CME Specialist, Pyle Center Registration, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706
  • By phone: (608) 262-1397. Please call and pay by MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
  • By fax: 1-800-741-7416 (In Madison, fax 265-3163)


All registrations are confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call (608) 262-1397.

Overall Conference Objective

The purpose of this activity is to explain the impact of corporal punishment on child development in the context of research, history and culture, and implicit bias. Participants will understand how ethnic and religious cultures affect caretakers’ use of corporal punishment, and how to work competently with culturally diverse families. Participants will also learn how corporal punishment affects children’s physical and emotional development; and will have the opportunity to examine their personal biases and understand how these may influence their daily work.

Course Objectives

As a result of their active participation in this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the negative impact of corporal punishment on child development and long-term health, based on current research.
  • Discuss the influence of faith on parenting and discipline, and ways to engage with religiously observant families and communities.
  • Describe the influence of history and culture on parenting strategies.
  • Reflect on their own history and biases, to become aware of how these influence their professional work.
  • Name strategies to reduce the influence of personal bias in work with diverse families.
  • Identify strategies to employ in professional practice to promote non-violent, positive parenting.

Elements of Competence

This CME activity has been designed to change learner competence, and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties area of medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism.

Target Audience

This activity is intended to address the learning needs of Pediatricians, Family Practice Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, including School Nurses, Dentists, Law Enforcement Officers, Human Service Professionals, Counselors/Therapists, Prosecutors, Victim/Witness Specialists, Corporation Counsel, Social Workers and Guardians Ad Litem.

Administrative Features/CME

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units

University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for 1.125 continuing education units (CEUs) or 11.25 hours.

Continuing Legal Education

An application for Continuing Legal Education as been submitted to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.

Certificate of Attendance for Social Workers

A Certificate of Attendance documenting 11.25 continuing education units (11.25 CEH’s) will be provided for all Wisconsin Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists attending the entire conference.

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Detailed disclosures will be made in the activity handout materials.

Planning Committee

Barb Anderson
Barbara Knox
Nan Peterson
Jessica Wipperfurth
Ismael Ozanne
Barbara Franks
Amy Brown
Patricia Hrubesky
Paula Graves
Rachelle Hocking
Everett Mitchell
Dan Olivas
Julie Ahnen
Mallory Zink

For Further Information

For conference information, please contact the cme [at] (CME Specialist)
H6/540 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608) 263-8542.

The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. Any participant in this educational activity who may need accommodations should notify Mallory Zink at (608) 263-8542.