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Webinar: Promoting Well-Being in Family Court - Mental Health Considerations


This webinar is jointly sponsored by the NCSC, the Kansas Judicial Branch, and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health.

Attendees will delve into the multifaceted challenges families often face, from mental health issues to trauma, violence, and substance use disorders. Family Courts play a pivotal role in overseeing such intricate cases, deciding parenting time, and discerning genuine concerns from potential misuse or weaponization of diagnoses. Presenters will discuss individual and systemic changes that can help judges and staff:

  • Understand the impact of stress and trauma on judges and court personnel.
  • Assist families experiencing trauma and mental health conditions.
  • Leverage early case interventions to improve case handling and stretch community resources.
  • Navigate cases where mental health is potentially weaponized.
  • Provide for child safety and well-being during family transitions.

Hon. Keven M. P. O’Grady, nationally acknowledged for promoting various innovations in his court and an experienced jurist representing the Kansas Tenth Judicial District, will share his experiences and the strategies that he has developed to better respond to family needs.

Carole Warshaw, M.D. is the Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health and brings a rich combination of practical, academic, and advocacy perspectives on supporting family well-being.


  • Alicia Davis, Principal Court Management Consultant, Court Consulting Services, Oversees the Cady Initiative for Family Justice Reform on behalf of the National Center for State Courts


  • Keven M. P. O’Grady, District Court Judge,  Tenth Judicial District, State of Kansas, Division 1 (Family Court)
  • Carole Warshaw, M.D., Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

Register today.

For more information, email Conor Geiger.