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CBT Radio

Nov 8, 2011


This episode is relevant to consumers and professionals.

In this episode R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., LPC interviews Ennio Cipani, PhD about the use of punishment with child behavior problems.  This episode was constructed as a service to parents and professionals following the well-publicized mother who appeared on the Dr. Phil show who resorted to making her step son drink hot sauce as a punishment.  A video clip of this can be found here: They discuss a variety of topics related to the use of punishment including:

  • Different types of punishment methods 
  • Effects of punishment 
  • Effective methods for addressing child misbehavior 
  • Guidelines for determining whether a punishment has crossed the line to abuse 
  • A strategy for dealing with sibling rivalry 
  • And much more! 




Ennio Cipani, Ph.D., a graduate of Florida State University, is a licensed psychologist 

and a full professor at National University- Fresno. He has published numerous articles, 

chapters, instructional materials and books (available from, search Cipani) 

including Classroom management for all teachers: Evidence-based practice (3rd edition, 2008) and Punishment on 

Trial (2004). He has given many workshops and continuing education courses focusing on the effective 

management of problem child behavior. Dr. Cipani has been doing in-home and 

school based behavioral consultations for families and school personnel since 1982.

He has dealt with many families and a variety of behavior problems, conducting assessment

and intervention activities in homes and classrooms.