Psychotropic Medication

This training module contains three sections, each requiring approximately 30 minutes to complete. The first section is an overview of psychotropic medications, what they are and why they are used, as well as some information about potential side effects. The second section will cover the basics of trauma-informed care and how it relates to medication in foster care settings. It will also give a brief description of treatment planning and the use of Child and Family Teams. In the third and final section, we will explore the Juvenile Court process for authorization of psychotropic medication, and the forms used in that process. The course concludes with a post-test, the results for which may be printed if proof of completion is desired.

Here's the link for the learner to self-register for this course:

To enroll in the course as a new user:


  1. Enter your email address, select "I am a new user," enter your full name, select the agreement checkbox, and then click the Enroll in Course button (see screenshot below).

  2. You will then arrive on a web page that says you have successfully enrolled in the course, where you will click the Go to the Course button.

  3. That will take you to the course home page, where you will click the Course Description button at the bottom of the page.

  4. On the course description page, click the Enter Training Module button at the bottom of the page, and the online course will begin.

  5. Also, please check your email inbox to see if you received a message from Instructure Canvas asking you to complete your registration.

Canvas Sign in example

These materials are available for you to download or print at your own convenience. They will NOT be provided during classroom training.

Segment 2: Laws and Regulations

Segment 3: Court Forms

Segment 4: Trauma

Segment 5: Accessing Services

Segment 6: Psychotropic Medication

Segment 7: Using the California Guidelines