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Researchers have acknowledged that negative outcomes from physical discipline seen in White American children are often not found in African American children. Nevertheless, African American parents are often depicted as violent and harsh disciplinarians. The purpose of this webinar will be to prepare counseling professionals to become leaders in scholarship, clinical practice and advocacy when it comes to addressing the topic of African American child discipline.

2/19/2020
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EST
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Child Discipline in African American Families: Research and Advocacy

Carla Adkison-Johnson, Ph.D., LPC
Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EST

Registration for the live webinar is now closed. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Researchers and practitioners have noted that child discipline issues are often the most problematic areas of preventative guidance facing helping professionals (Adkison-Johnson & Johnson, 2019; Foster, 2012). Professional counselors often avoid the topic of child discipline because that is where the cultural aspects of raising a child come into to play (Phillips, 2019). A dominant theme in the social science literature is that African American parents use and/or endorse the use of physical discipline more than White American parents. Researchers have acknowledged that negative outcomes from physical discipline seen in White American children are often not found in African American children. Recent investigations have also found discussions with children is the preferred disciplinary technique used in African American homes. Yet, African American parents are more likely to be investigated by Child Protective Services (CPS) and are often depicted as violent and harsh disciplinarians (Adkison-Johnson, Terpstra, Burgos & Payne, 2016; Kris & Skivenes, 2011. As a result, African American children have been disproportionately removed from their homes and parents are often charged with first degree child abuse (Adkison-Johnson et al, 2016; Roberts, 2008).

Wellness and promoting human dignity are the fundamental values of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). As a result, CSI members, more than ever before, need to become more vigilant in their advocacy efforts. Preparing culturally responsive leaders in a racially turbulent society will be essential in addressing the needs of an ever changing society. Responsive advocacy is best exemplified by action. The purpose of this webinar will be to prepare counseling professionals to become leaders in scholarship, clinical practice and advocacy when it comes to addressing the topic of African American child discipline.

Learning Objectives:

1. To prepare counselors and supervisors to be leaders in advocacy.

2. To assist participants with identifying core elements of African American child discipline.
3. To develop scholarship that can assist in responsive policies and advocacy for African American families.

Dr. Carla Adkison-Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University (WMU). She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from Kent State University. Dr. Adkison-Johnson has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for over 25 years and is committed to meeting the counseling needs of adults, families and children. She has published extensively in the areas of culturally competent mental health counseling, preparing counselors for the professorate, and African American child rearing practices. Her research has garnered attention in the legal, child welfare and counselor education literature. Dr. Adkison-Johnson’s current research regarding intentionality verses criminality in African American child rearing practices was presented at the 2019 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts National Conference. She has served as a child discipline expert witness in civil and criminal courts in Michigan and Wisconsin. In 2017, Dr. Adkison-Johnson received the WMU College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Scholar Award. She is also the recipient of the Kent State University Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Adkison-Johnson is a Life Member and past national Treasurer for Chi sigma Iota. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). In this capacity, she served as Chair of CACREP’s Training Committee. 

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2057. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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