The Center for Effective Discipline (CED) is a program of Gundersen Health System’s Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC). CED provides educational information based on current peer-reviewed research to the public on the effects and risk factors associated with the use of corporal punishment on children. Effective alternatives usin positive and proactive discipline are provided.

Check out the training opportunities and webinars for professionals and the prevention webcasts for the community hosted by Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Visit NCPTC's webinar page for more details.

It Hurts Me More Than it Hurts You: In Words and Pictures, Children Share How Spanking Hurts and What to Do Instead

Price: $17.95

This eye-opening book is written and illustrated by those most affected by spanking — children. Their words and drawings show that spanking doesn't result in the behaviors parents and teachers desire. Instead, it sows seeds of pain, despair, anger, humiliation, confusion, anger — and the continuation of a cycle of violence. The children also share what disciplinary tactics are effective. Parents and child-care professionals may be shocked to find that reasoned discussions, loss of privileges, "timeouts," and the opportunity to atone for misbehaviors work better than spanking.

The book is edited by Nadine Block, a board member of the National Child Protection Training Center, and Dr. Madeleine Gomez, a clinical psychologist. They have spent decades studying the effects of physical punishment on children. They selected the drawings and essays for this book from materials created during child-involved parenting programs and from submissions to The editors are parents and grandparents. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the National Child Protection Training Center for its Center for Effective Discipline programs that teach positive discipline of children.

Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment

Price: $15.99

"Bend over and take your whacks," is heard each day by over l,000 school children in the United States. Almost half of US states permit educators to hit children with contoured boards called "paddles" for breaking school rules. Sometimes children are hit without parent permission and sometimes against parents' wishes. Paddling can lead to injuries requiring medical treatment including bleeding, bruises and even broken bones. Over l00 countries have banned school corporal punishment. In Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment, Nadine Block sheds light on this dark side of American education and refutes arguments used to support its use. Block tells parents how to protect their children from this archaic discipline and gives specific recommendations for how to end it for all US school children. This important book should be read by parents, educators, physicians, mental health professionals, child abuse prevention professionals, school board members, legislators, and all persons who promote the optimum development of children and seek to protect their right to be free from physical harm.

View Nadine Block's website for more information.

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Purchase Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment at and other online bookstores. All proceeds go to the Center for Effective Discipline for positive discipline programs.

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