Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) Credential
The CFMHE credential is designed to certify licensed mental health professionals (psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists) who have attained expert status in the specialty of forensic mental health evaluation as evidenced by their forensic knowledge and experience.
To attain NBFE board certification as a forensic mental health evaluator, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Foreign Certification Process
NBFE now certifies those of our professional counselors practicing independent counseling in our neighboring foreign countries. However, the following requirements must be achieved for those seeking the certification of an NBFE forensic mental health evaluator (CFMHE):
If licensing is not required in your country of residence, the candidate must be nationally certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors with a National Certified Counselor Credential (NCC) or a CCMHC certification.
Link to: Hoffman Organicity Test
Link to: DSICA
Link to Homestudy
Agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics in the evaluator's licensed discipline as follows: American Mental Health Counselors Association (for counselors), National Association of Social Workers (for social workers), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (for marriage and family therapists), and American Psychological Association (for psychologists)]
(1) Complete the application for the CFMHE credential, including supporting documentation
(2) After submitting the application, the NBFE Chair of Training Development & Implementation will provide you with resources to prepare for the written and oral examinations.
(3) Schedule and complete the written examination.
(4) Submit a sample forensic mental health evaluation report to the Oral Examination Committee. The committee will review the sample and either recommend revisions for re-submission or approve the sample and schedule the oral examination. Once approved by the committee, the sample will be sent to the Chair of the Oral committee for final approval.
(5) Attend and pass the oral examination.
Oral Examination Interviewing Committee
The NBFE oral examination interviewing committee is currently comprised of three NBFE certified forensic mental health evaluators. The members of the committee are voluntary and located in various cities in the United States.
Before any candidate may sit for the oral examination, they must successfully pass the written examination. Then, their two-samples to be defended, are reviewed by the committee for eligibility. Upon determining eligibility, a time and date for the examination is scheduled. Utilizing a live-conference via the internet, the candidate then defends their samples to the committee. Upon a successful defense , the candidate is then deemed credentialed as a forensic mental health evaluator.
*Laws, board rules, and other regulations vary state-by-state. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the individual mental health professional to verify that the ability to diagnose and treat, conduct particular types of forensic mental health evaluations, and/or administer and interpret specific tests and assessment tools is within the scope of practice of his or her license in his or her state.
Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) renew their certifications by February 1st each year. They receive an automated email two months prior to their renewal date as well as two reminder emails. To renew, they pay an annual renewal fee (currently $80 per year) and complete a brief online survey in which they upload the most current copy of their license and malpractice insurance and verification of 3 continuing education hours in forensic mental health-related subject matter (all NBFE training events are automatically considered appropriate). They also attest to any changes in key legal and ethical criteria for certification. They then receive an updated certificate within a week of renewal.