CURRICULUM VITAE

Christy Schmidt

CURRICULUM VITAE

CHRISTY BRADSHAW SCHMIDT, MA, LPC
Child Custody Evaluator / Expert Consultant
P.O. Box 2043
Coppell, Texas 75019

  • Family Law Foundation – 2008 to present (Lifetime Member as of 2010 and Lifetime Sustaining Member as of 2016)

  • 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 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 Need?, 11th Annual Family Law 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 - Counselors in the Courtroom: How to Survive and Thrive in a Legal Minefield, Texas Counseling Association Annual Professional Growth Conference, November 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

  • Speaker – Child Custody Evaluations and You, the University of Texas at Dallas Forensic Psychology Lecture, April 2018, Dallas, Texas

  • Co-speaker – Counselors in the Courtroom: How to Survive and Thrive in a Legal Minefield, Texas University, and College Counseling Center Directors Association, April 2018, Waco, Texas

  • Speaker – Preparing for a Child Custody Evaluation: Love them or hate them – Know What to do Before, During, and After, Collin County Family Law Section, May 2018, Plano, Texas

  • Speaker - Help! I Got a Subpoena! When Counseling and Legal Worlds Collide, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, September 2018, Irving, Texas

  • Co-speaker/Co-author – Preparing Your Client for Trial: Managing Emotions and Expectations, Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers, December 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Co-speaker/Co-author – Who Are These People, and Why Are They In My Custody Case? Handling Your Frist Divorce, October 2019, Austin, Texas

  • Co-speaker/Co-author – Child Custody Evaluations, Advanced Drafting, December 2019, Dallas, Texas

  • Speaker – The Levitating Woman: Changes in Geographic Restriction Cases and Rules, Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference 2020, February 2020, Dallas, Texas

  • Co-course director/Co-speaker – Advanced Child Custody Evaluation Training Seminar, February 2020, Plano, Texas

  • Co-speaker – 35th Annual TAFLS Trial Institute, February 2020, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Co-speaker – Advanced Training for Reunification Therapists, August – October 2020, Online Training

  • Co-speaker – The Silver Spoon vs. the Spork: Child Custody Evaluations on Any Budget, AFCC’s 14th Symposium on Child Custody, November 2020, Online Conference

  • Co-speaker – The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse: Tips for Professionals in Rural and Urban Areas, AFCC 58th Annual Conference, June 2021, Boston, Massachusetts

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