Resource Letter:

For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Welfare Cases

September 14, 2023

Now Available:

Trauma History and Psychotropic Medications:

What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know Replay and Materials

A recording of the September 7, 2023 live webinar “Trauma History and Psychotropic Medications: What Judges and Attorneys Need to Know” and the accompanying materials are now available on the Children's Commission’s On-Demand MCLE webpage for judges and for attorneys.


Speakers included Hon. Delia Gonzales, Associate Judge of the Dallas County Child Protection and Permanency Court; Dr. Anu Partap, Medical Director of Health Equity at Cook Children’s Health Care System; Tiffany Crouch Bartlett, parent and child’s attorney in Central Texas, and Michelle Latray, parent and child’s attorney in Groesbeck, Texas. The webinar addressed the importance of having a patient’s complete trauma history to assist health professionals with providing proper medical diagnoses and treatment plans. Duties, responsibilities, and best practice tips for attorneys representing parents and children in child welfare cases when psychotropic medications are or may be prescribed to a child were also covered.


The State Bar of Texas approved 1.5 hours of MCLE for the webinar, including 0.25 ethics hours, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization approved 1.5 hours for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and paralegals in child welfare law. Self-reporting information is available on the Children’s Commission website.

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