CHILD CUSTODY Evaluator & Expert Consultant 

Christy Bradshaw Schmidt, MA, LPC

Telephone: (214) 502-7224

Facsimile:  (972) 745-4585

 christy@txfamilylawforensics.com

www.txfamilylawforensics.com

CHRISTY BRADSHAW SCHMIDT, MA, LPC

Child Custody Evaluator / Expert Consultant
P.O. Box 2043
CoppelL, Texas 75019

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:


Baylor University – B.A. Religion – May 1992

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – M.A. Religious Education – May 1995

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – M.A. Marriage and Family Counseling – May 1995

Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas, License #14323 – October 1997 to present

Certified Mediator – Family, Divorce, and Child Protective Services – 2000 to 2017


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:


11/03 – Present   Private Child Custody Evaluator/Expert Consultant

  • provide private child custody evaluations throughout the state of Texas– having completed over 570 evaluations to date in the entirety of her career
  • provide private adoption evaluations throughout the state of Texas
  • provide consultation in the field of child custody as an expert witness on family law matters and as an expert reviewer of other professionals' evaluations     


05/00 – 05/06      Family Court Counselor

                            DALLAS COUNTY FAMILY COURT SERVICES – Dallas, Texas

  • completed social studies for custody evaluations and adoptions
  • conducted mediations for families facing divorce and custody disputes
  • provided services as ordered by the courts, i.e. testimony, counseling, etc.       


12/99 – 05/00      Director of High School Activities

                            EDUCATION AMERICA, INC. – DALLAS CAMPUS  

  • developed relationships with 50 high schools’ counselors and teachers
  • coordinated and conducted public service presentations for the senior classes of those high schools     


5/99 – 12/99        Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programming

                            GREEN OAKS PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL AND PLANO CLINIC, Dallas and Plano, TX

  • expanded successful IOP programming to include two locations
  • initiated marketing to expand both programs to:  allied professionals, residential treatment facilities, schools, churches, probation departments, judges, and attorneys                              


11/98 – 8/99        Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Chemical Dependency Services and IOP

                            GREEN OAKS PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, Dallas, TX

  • developed CD services on the adolescent inpatient and day hospital unit 
  • coordinated and developed the program and materials to begin IOP
  • successfully managed an IOP program with a census up to 10 while balancing patient care for 3 clients and 4 CD group therapy opportunities in the hospital 
  • individually managed all aspects of IOP programming without assistance, including:  group therapy, individual therapy, multi-family groups, family therapy, utilization review, paperwork, etc.


1/98 – 11/98           Clinical Coordinator of the Minirth Christian Program

                               GREEN OAKS PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, Dallas, TX

  • developed a Christian program and material in coordination with Dr. Frank Minirth and implemented the program into the hospital with all populations
  • hired and supervised a staff of 2 therapists plus 4 practicum interns with a program census of up to 25
  • coordinated weekly programming to include:  group coverage, patient needs, treatment team rounds, discharge planning, and utilization  review
  • managed a caseload of 5-6 patients in correlation with the supervision responsibilities                


8/97 – 12/97        Counselor for Pre-natal and Post-partum Women and Children’s Services

                            NEXUS RECOVERY CENTER, Dallas, TX

  • managed a caseload of 3-5 clients and families and all services pertaining to their needs and discharge planning
  • primary facilitator of Parenting Education and Instruction
  • completed weekly treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, bio-psychosocial assessments and discharge summaries for all clients
  • provided individual, group and family therapy to all clients within the program to increase their level of functioning and ability to return to society


7/95 – 9/97          Lead Counselor for Dual Diagnosis Team

                            SUNDOWN RANCH, INC., Canton, TX

  • managed a caseload of 10 clients, including families, and utilization review
  • lead weekly treatment team meetings
  • facilitated 10 hours of group therapy per week
  • provided 10-15 hours of family therapy per week
  • facilitated 2-4 hours of experiential group therapy per week
  • provided educational opportunities for families regarding:  chemical dependency, dual disorders, and healthy family coping skills
  • facilitated 8 hours of multi-family group therapy per month
  • facilitated 24 hours of intensive family programming 4 times per year
  • facilitated extensive crisis intervention on an individual and community level as necessary
  • completed treatment plans, treatment plan reviews, discharge summaries, and necessary paperwork for all clients in a timely  manner                                       


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:


  • Family Law Foundation – 2008 to present  (Lifetime member as of 2010)
  • Family Law Foundation, Mental Health Liaison – 2013 to present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – 2000 to present
  • Family Law Section - 2013 to present


SEMINAR PUBLICATIONS AND PARTICIPATION:


  • Co-speaker/Author – Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists 2007 Trial Institute, January 2007, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Making the Most of Social Studies and Psychological Evaluations, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, June 2008, Galveston, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – The Sixth Sense: I Hear Voices, But Is the Child Being Heard?  (Which Perspective Really Matters to the Court?), 2009 Parent-Child Relationships Conference, January 2009, Austin, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – The Value of Mental Health Evaluations – Different Strokes for Different Folks, 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 2009, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – The 2 Steps to the 12 Steps:  How to Determine if a Parent is a Druggie, a Drunk or Just Dry, 2010 Parent-Child Relationships Conference, January 2010, Austin, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Parent Coordinators and Parent Facilitators Under the New Statutes, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, April 2010, Rockwall, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – The New Parent Coordination/Facilitation Statute:  What’s in, What’s Out, Marriage Dissolution Institute, May 2010, San Antonio, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Who Qualifies as a Parent Coordinator?  A Parent Facilitator?  What’s the Difference, and How Do You Know What You Really Need?, 11th Annual Family Law CLE “On the Front Lines,” June 2011, Austin, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Child Custody Evaluations, Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2012, Dallas, Texas
  • Speaker/Author – We’re Not The Help:  How to Treat Your Mental Health Professionals,  Family Law 101 for the 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 2012, Houston, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Welcome to the Future:  Child Custody Evaluations,  38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 2012, Houston, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Custody Evaluations and the Proposed New Statute, 36th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2013, Galveston, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-presenter – Houston Family Law Trial Institute, May 2013, Houston, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – The Top 10 Most Difficult Issues Facing Judges in Their Custody Decisions, Associate Judges’ Workshop, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 2013, San Antonio, Texas
  • Co-speaker – Care and Feeding of Your Child Custody Evaluator:  Communications and Records’ Issues Every Attorney Should Consider, Frisco Bar Association Meeting, January 2014, Frisco, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – You Don’t Own Me – Alienation and Reunification, 2014 – New Innovations – Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, June 2014, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-speaker – Testimony and Examination Issues with Mental Health Professionals:  A Mock Trial, North Texas Families in Transition Professional Workgroup Bi-yearly Conference, October 2014, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Speaker – Effective Report Writing, AFCC’s 11th Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations. November 2014, San Antonio, Texas
  • Co-speaker – Standardizing Access for Infants and Toddlers – Ethics, Research, and Legislation, Texas AFCC 13th Annual Conference, January 2015, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Co-speaker – Children’s Religious Development, North Texas Families in Transition Professional Workgroup Bi-yearly Conference, February 2015, Plano, Texas
  • Co-speaker – The Elephant in the (Court) Room:  When Faith Meets Forensics, North Texas Families in Transition Professional Workgroup Bi-yearly Conference, February 2015, Plano, Texas
  • Co-speaker – Testimony and Examination Issues with Mental Health Professionals:  A Mock Trial, AFCC’s 52nd Annual Conference, May 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Co-speaker – HB 1449:  Child Custody Evaluations and You, Frisco Bar Association Monthly Meeting, August 2015, Frisco, Texas
  • Co-speaker – HB 1449, Child Custody Evaluations and You, Denton County Bar Association Meeting, September 2015, Denton, Texas
  • Co-speaker – HB 1449:  Child Custody Evaluations and You, Dallas County Judges’ Meeting, October 2015, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-speaker – HB 1449:  Child Custody Evaluations and You, Austin Family Law Section Monthly Meeting, February 2016, Austin, Texas
  • Co-course director/Co-speaker, Child Custody Evaluations:  Opportunities and Challenges for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, February 2016, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-speaker – The Spectrum of Reunification:  How to Know What Your Client Needs, Family Law Section Monthly Meeting of the Dallas Bar Association, March 2016, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-speaker, The New Custody Evaluations, 39th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2016, Galveston, Texas
  • Co-speaker – HB 1449:  Child Custody Evaluations and You, May 2016, Lufkin, Texas
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Direct and Cross of a Custody Evaluation Expert – Live Demo, 42nd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 2016, San Antonio, Texas
  • Co-speaker – New Rules for Social Studies and Social Study Providers & Mock Trial Presentation of Controverting Expert on a Custodial Evaluation, 2016 Mexico CLE – Frisco Bar Association, September 2016, Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Co-speaker/Co-Author – Reunification Therapy and Court Orders:  Best Practices to Be on the Same Page, AFCC’s 12th Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, November 2016, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Co-speaker – Counselors in the Courtroom:  How to Survive and Thrive in a Legal Minefield, Heart of Texas Counseling Association, November 2016, Waco, Texas 
  • Co-speaker – There Oughta Be a Law:  How to Draft and Pass Effective US Family Law Legislation, AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference, June 2017, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Co-speaker – Child Custody Evaluations:  From Nuts and Bolts to Advanced Issues; July 2017, McKinney, Texas
  • Co-Speaker – Keeping Counselors Out of the Courtroom:  An Ounce of Prevention Makes All the Difference; STARRY Organization, October 2017, Dallas, Texas
  • Co-Speaker - Counselors in the Courtroom:  How to Survive and Thrive in a Legal Minefield, January 2018, Lufkin, Texas


FAMILY LAW VOLUNTEER EFFORTS:


  • Family Law Foundation – Fundraising Auction, 2008-present
  • Fashion Show Fundraiser, 2009 - 2011
  • Family Law Foundation – Legislative Efforts – 2007 to present
  • Family Law Foundation – Mental Health Liaison – 2013 to present