Course Objectives

This training is for any person who has the approval to make medical decisions for children in the legal custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). This includes foster parents, case managers for child placing agencies, professional staff of emergency shelters, cottage parents, relative and kinship caregivers, certain DFPS staff and youth medical consenters.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Understand informed consent and how to be an effective medical consenter.
  • Understand how to make decisions about whether or not to consent to medical and behavioral healthcare including psychotropic medications.
  • Understand how to help children and youth be appropriately involved in their own health care and support youth who have court approval to make their own medical decisions.
  • Understand how trauma affects children and youth and how you can help.
  • Understand the benefits of non-pharmacological interventions (options such as therapy, that do not involve psychotropic medication)