National Board 

of Forensic 

Evaluators

Live Training Events

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online (Gotowebinar)
    Register


    When you visit your primary care physician for an annual exam or to address a physical complaint, you aren't asked a question about every symptom of every known biomedical condition, or you'd be there for days or weeks!  Instead, your PCP generally asks you a small number of screening questions.  If you answer "yes" to one of these questions, the physician knows to move on to a 2nd or perhaps even 3rd level of questions that narrows the focus to a smaller cluster of potential problems or disorders, eventually (hopefully) arriving at a very precise and specific diagnosis.  

    The same process applies to mental health professionals conducting mental health evaluations.  Fortunately, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), upon release of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published a system of free online assessment measures, including Level 1 and Level cross cutting symptoms measures, severity specifier questionnaires, a cultural formulation interview, personality assessment measures, and disability assessment measures, all of which can be used by mental health professionals to narrow focus to a specific and refined diagnosis.

    In this 1-hour webinar, you will be introduced to these online assessment measures and shown how to use them.  Whether you are a therapist working in a therapeutic setting or a forensic evaluator hoping to supplement a more advanced testing battery with tools that help you refine your diagnosis during a clinical interview, this webinar ought to equip you with several helpful tools.  You will also be introduced to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's online screening tools.  

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to use Level 1 and Level 2 cross cutting symptom measures and severity specifier qustionnaires posted on the APA's DSM-5 website.
    2. Learn how to use the cultural formulation interview, World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0), and personality assessment measures posted on the APA's DSM-5 website.
    3. Locate several other free screening tools on SAMHSA's website for a variety of clinical focus areas.
    4. Identify ethical considerations and limitations related to the use of the above measures.  

    Cost

    This event is free for all NBFE members (Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators and applicants and candidates pursuing the CFMHE credential) as well as all members of organizations that partner with NBFE (see Professional Partners page for a complete list).  If, however, an attendee wants a continuing education certificate via email, then a $10 administrative fee will be assessed. 

    About the Presenter


    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, forensic mental health evaluation, and forensic behavioral analysis. He is recognized by the American Mental Health Counselors Association as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders.  He serves as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, a national not-for-profit board officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association that provides training, certification, and professional advocacy for licensed mental health professionals specializing in forensic mental health evaluation. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences as well as a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at USF. He serves as Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and President-Elect and Chair of Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He also works in a private practice specializing in both therapy and forensic and clinical evaluation, as well as providing clinical supervision to mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist interns as a Qualified Supervisor. He has more than 15 years of experience in the counseling profession. He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016 and has been published in Addiction ProfessionalAmerican Journal of OrthopsychiatryJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and The Advocate Magazine.

    Continuing Education Information 


    The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

    This workshop has been approved for 1 contact hour with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-642629 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

    NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Pkwy, Lake Mary, FL 32746
    Register


    BECOME A CERTIFIED FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATOR (CFMHE)!


    In partnership with the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive forensic mental health evaluator certification training event on Thursday, 1/31/19, at FMHCA’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida or online, enabling mental health professionals across the country to attend remotely.  NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.


    Forensic mental health evaluation is an impactful and lucrative area of specialization for licensed mental health professionals, yet few counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are exposed to this unique specialty in their graduate training.  Whether you plan on working full time in forensics or just wish to supplement your practice with an additional funding stream, this credential can help you establish yourself as a forensic expert.  If you already work in the forensic field, this credential can boost your resume, sharpen your evaluation skills, and enhance your reputation as an expert.

    In partnership with FMHCA, NBFE is offering an 8-hour forensic mental health certification training workshop for licensed mental health professionals.  Participants can attend in-person at FMHCA’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida, or they can participate online through Gotowebinar. 

     

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee includes:

    ·         The 8-hour workshop on the fundamentals of forensic mental health evaluation at FMHCA’s annual conference in Orlando (or online for participants who live in other states)

    ·         Free 24/7 access to several webinar recordings and study materials designed to help candidates prepare for the written and oral examinations for certification

    ·         One-on-one mentoring (via internet or phone) with an expert CFMHE who provides feedback on written evaluation reports

    ·         Written examination and oral examination fees

    ·         Complimentary participation in select NBFE webinars

    ·         Complimentary access to NBFE’s member portal, including use of our online forum for questions and answers about forensic mental health evaluation.

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee is $715, but we are offering a heavily discounted fee of $500 all candidates who register for this event.  Students and interns may attend at a reduced rate of $250 to start learning about forensic mental health evaluation.  However, students and interns cannot obtain the full certification until they have been licensed for a full year, at which time they may pay the remaining $250 balance and continue with the certification process, having enjoyed the benefits to free and reduced-cost forensic webinars in the interim.

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will:

    1. Learn about the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator credential, and the certification process
    2. Familiarize themselves with the definition of forensic mental health evaluations, differences between forensic and clinical evaluations, ethical considerations for forensic evaluation, types of forensic mental health evaluations, and qualifications for administering and interpreting psychological tests
    3. Review information that appears in the CFMHE written examination, including Parental Alienation Syndrome and child custody cases, assessment and testing principles, psychopathic traits, domestic violence, competency to stand trial, malingering, civil commitment, laws and standards of forensic mental health evaluation, assessment of violence and suicide potential, interviewing techniques, personal injury cases, juvenile assessment, substance abuse evaluation, sexual abuse, expert witness standards, and resources to learn more
    4. Learn how to write a “bullet-proof” forensic evaluation report
    5. Review tips and strategies for the oral examination and expert witness testimony
    6. Identify tests that can be used for forensic applications.

    Note that attendance at this workshop is not the only step in the certification process.  Attendees must also complete an online application, submit three reference letters, submit proof of licensure and malpractice insurance status, document 40 hours of forensic-related training and/or experience (e.g., CEUs, time spent conducting evaluations, writing reports, court testimony, etc.), pass the written examination (administered at the end of the workshop), submit a sample report, and pass the oral examination (done via webcam online) as depicted in the graphic below and on our website.  Most attendees already have the 40 hours experience (i.e., work-related experience or training experience) prior to attending the workshop, but many do not.  If an attendee does not already have 40 hours of forensic experience, he or she may apply 8 hours from by attending this workshop and then obtain the remaining hours through other means after the workshop by attending training events on forensic mental health-related topics with any approved CEU provider (NBFE is not responsible for any additional costs incurred during that process).  


    About the Presenters

    Dr. Norman Hoffman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and President and Founder of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE).  He is an experienced expert witness, forensic examiner, author, and jazz musician.  Dr. Hoffman developed the Hoffman Organicity Test (HOT), which aids clinicians in differentiating between organic brain disorders, non-organic disorders, and psychotic disorders.


    Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Certified Master’s Level Addictions Professional.  Awarded American Mental Health Counselors Association's Mental Health Counselor of the Year and Florida Mental Health Counselors Association's Counselor Educator of the Year in 2016,  he is an experienced private practitioner, also serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, President-Elect and Chair of Education at the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, and Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has been published in Addiction Professional, The Advocate, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

    Continuing Education Information


    The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

    This workshop has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education (6 general hours, 1 domestic violence hour, and 1 hour ethics/professional boundaries) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-551881 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

    NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (GotoWebinar)
    Register


    The purpose of the MSE is to obtain a comprehensive cross-sectional description of the patient's mental state, which, when combined with the biographical and historical information of the psychiatric history, allows the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis and formulation, which are required for coherent treatment.  Many mental health professionals are under-trained on how to conduct--as well as how to report--a MSE.  In fact, the MSE section of the forensic mental health evaluation report is one of the most commonly rejected section in NBFE's oral examination.  If you're not 100% confident that you can conduct and report a quality MSE, then this webinar is for you! 


    Learning Objectives

    1. Distinguish between some commonly confused terms, such as   affect v. mood,  insight v. judgment, hallucinations v. delusions.
    2. Describe intelligently the presentation of a patient with psychiatric symptoms. 
    3. Review examples of language and terminology when writing the MSE.
    4. Identify appropriate screening tools to assist with the MSE.
    5. Learn to write normal (negative) and abnormal (positive) MSEs.

    About the Presenters

    Norman Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE, CFBA, CCCE

    Dr. Norman E. Hoffman – a highly regarded psychotherapist, president of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. a nonprofit public charity, and a board-certified mental health counselor Dr. Hoffman is in full-time private practice in Ormond Beach, Florida, both as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor.

    Dr. Hoffman began his work with the Devereux Foundation in 1963, specializing as a music therapist for children. In 1969, he then completed a one-year clinical internship at the Menninger Memorial Hospital in Kansas. That experience led to his first book, Hear the Music! A New Approach to Mental Health. His work in the field of organic brain damage led to The Hoffman Organicity Test.

    From the time of his work at the Hazleton/Nanticoke MH/MR Center in Pennsylvania, in 1976, Dr. Hoffman assisted in the development, training and of child custody evaluations between the mental health center and the Luzerne/Wyoming County Circuit Court. He is an expert witness in the field of forensic mental health evaluations, child custody disputes, and competency assessments throughout the United States. Dr. Norm is a qualified and approved Parenting Coordinator as well as a former Florida Family Law Supreme Court Mediator.


    Continuing Education Information


    The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

    This workshop has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-642801 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

    NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online (GotoWebinar)
    Register


    A mental health professional can be an excellent therapist or evaluator, but if he or she sends a poorly written report to a court, third party payer, probation officer, attorney, or third party payer, the implications can be substantial.  In forensic cases, a report or evaluator can be disqualified as an expert due to errors, omissions, and/or inappropriate commentary.  For this reason, it's not enough to be a good clinician--you have to also know how to write a quality report.  Didn't get thorough training on report-writing in grad school?  Don't remember it because it was so long ago?  Not feeling secure about your report-writing, or maybe just looking for some reassurance that you're already doing a great job with your reports?  This webinar was designed to help you learn to write a report in such a way that your target audience will understand you, ensure appropriate content, train you to avoid sentences that may be deemed offensive or inappropriate, and learn to use good English, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.  


    Learning Objectives

    Participants will become mindful of avoiding unprofessional words and sentence structure

    1. Identify strategies to be more mindful of avoiding unprofessional words and sentence structure.
    2. Review vocabulary utilized in professional reports.
    3. Identify how to keep reports succinct, consistent, and structured.

    About the Presenters

    Norman Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE, CFBA, CCCE

    Dr. Norman E. Hoffman – a highly regarded psychotherapist, president of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. a nonprofit public charity, and a board-certified mental health counselor Dr. Hoffman is in full-time private practice in Ormond Beach, Florida, both as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor.

    Dr. Hoffman began his work with the Devereux Foundation in 1963, specializing as a music therapist for children. In 1969, he then completed a one-year clinical internship at the Menninger Memorial Hospital in Kansas. That experience led to his first book, Hear the Music! A New Approach to Mental Health. His work in the field of organic brain damage led to The Hoffman Organicity Test.

    From the time of his work at the Hazleton/Nanticoke MH/MR Center in Pennsylvania, in 1976, Dr. Hoffman assisted in the development, training and of child custody evaluations between the mental health center and the Luzerne/Wyoming County Circuit Court. He is an expert witness in the field of forensic mental health evaluations, child custody disputes, and competency assessments throughout the United States. Dr. Norm is a qualified and approved Parenting Coordinator as well as a former Florida Family Law Supreme Court Mediator.


    Continuing Education Information


    The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

    This workshop has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-693714 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

    NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

NBFE Training Cancellation/Refund Policy

When the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person or to another event, then the following refund arrangements apply:

• Registrations cancelled more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.

• Registrations cancelled less than 30 but more than 15 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.

• Registrations cancelled less than 15 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

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