National Board 

of Forensic 

Evaluators

Live Training Events

    • 29 May 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (Zoom)
    Register



    Bonding and attachment evaluations are assessments that determine how a foster child has bonded with his or her foster or birth parents. These evaluations seek to answer the question of whether a child's overall well being is improved or hindered by removal from a current placement situation. This one-hour webinar will provide clinicians with an introduction to these types of evaluations. 


    GOALS

    • To prepare participants about the process of what is expected from the court and attorney’s when testifying.
    • To be prepared to present appropriate material when testifying in reference to bonding and attachment.
    • Ensure the proper citation are available. 
    • Participants will be provided appropriate handouts pertinent to preparing them for court.


    Learning Objectives

    1. Develop a sound understanding of the terms, bonding and attachment.
    2. Develop appropriate qualifications as an expert witness.
    3. Prepare for direct examination.
    4. Be prepared for Voir dire and how to respond to disqualification and impeachment.
    5. Participants will become aware of a live bonding and attaching case and how it was developed in court.


    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 an administrative fee of $15 (members of NBFE and partnering organizations) or $25(non-members) will be assessed. 


    About the Presenter


    Dr. Norman Hoffman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Founder and President 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.

    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 webinar has been approved for 1.0 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-775016 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online, via (Zoom).
    Register


         

    Become a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE)!


    In partnership with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive forensic mental health evaluator certification training event on Wednesday, 6/24/20, at AMHCA's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada or online, enabling mental health professionals across the country to attend remotely.  NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by AMHCA.

        

    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 AMHCA, NBFE is offering an 8-hour forensic mental health certification training workshop for licensed mental health professionals.  Participants can attend in-person at AMHCA's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, or they can participate online through Zoom's webinar platform. 


    Join Our Elite Group of Certified Clinicians!


    Attendees who complete the entire certification process and are awarded the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential can use the credential to better establish themselves as experts in the forensic arena.

     

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee includes:

    ·         The 8-hour workshop on the fundamentals of forensic mental health evaluation at AMHCA's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (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 email, phone, or webcam) 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.


    Save An Additional $75 by Registering for AMHCA's Annual Conference!

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee is $715, but we are offering a heavily discounted fee of $425 (the lowest price we have ever offered) for all candidates who register for this event and are also registered to attend AMHCA's annual conference after the certification workshop (The cost is $500 for those who are not attending the conference.)  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 for at least one full year (associate, intern, and provisional license status will not meet this requirement unless the applicant is legally permitted to diagnose and treat mental disorders without being under the supervision of another licensed mental health professional), submit proof of malpractice insurance, document 40 hours of forensic-related training and/or experience (e.g., CEs, 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 CE 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 Founder and President 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.

    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.


    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, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, and forensic behavioral analysis. 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 and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and President and Chair of Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the Consulting Editor for AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.  He also works at Integrity Counseling, a group private practice, providing therapy, forensic and clinical evaluation, and clinical supervision to mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist interns as a Qualified Supervisor. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the counseling profession, specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders, and substance abuse treatment. He is recognized as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and 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.  An experienced writer, presenter, and trainer, he has been published in Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, and The Advocate Magazine, the official magazine of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.


    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.

    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online (Zoom)
    Register




    Need to provide in-home or telehealth evaluations? 

    Forensic evaluations are sometimes conducted in none-traditional environments, such as jails. Some states require evaluators to visit the homes of parents when conducting parenting evaluations for child custody cases. Due to the current pandemic, some evaluators who typically meet with clients in-person are looking for ways to conduct evaluations via-webcam. Scenarios such as these present evaluators with unique challenges and considerations. This 1-hour webinar is a discussion of ethical, legal, and procedural concerns about conducting forensic evaluations in the homes of clients and via telehealth.


    Learning Objectives

    1. To better understand ethical considerations of testing, and interviewing outside of traditional office setting.
    2. Explore the benefits and risks of conducting forensic evaluations outside of traditional settings.
    3. Help providers become more confident in conducting evaluations outside of the traditional settings.


    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 an administrative fee of $15 (members of NBFE and partnering organizations) or $20 (non-members) will be assessed. 


    About the Presenter


    Ekom Essien, LPC, NCC, CFMHE, CCCE

    is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. He serves as the southern regional director for NBFE and is an adjunct instructor at Brenau University in the clinical mental health counseling program under the department of psychology. Ekom owns an operates his private practice Verity Counseling & Forensic Evaluations in Fayetteville Georgia where he works with clients and their families.


    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 webinar has been approved for 1.0 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-702041 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • NBFE headquarters 595 W. Granada Blvd., Ste. H, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
    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, 8/20/20, at NBFE Headquarters in Ormond Beach, 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 (AMHCA).

        

    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 NBFE Headquarters in Ormond Beach, Florida, or they can participate online through Zoom's webinar platform. 


    Join Our Elite Group of Certified Clinicians!


    Attendees who complete the entire certification process and are awarded the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential can use the credential to better establish themselves as experts in the forensic arena.

     

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee includes:

    ·         The 8-hour workshop on the fundamentals of forensic mental health evaluation at NBFE's headquarters in Ormond Beach, FL (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 email, phone, or webcam) 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.


    Get Certified at a Reduced Rate!

    NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee is $715, but we are offering a heavily discounted fee of $500 for all candidates who register for this event due to our partnership with FMHCA.  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.


    Want to Attend NBFE's Expert Witness Academy at a Discounted Rate?

    Attendees can elect to stay an extra day to attend NBFE's Expert Witness Academy, an 8-hour training program that provides more in-depth training on providing expert witness testimony in court.  This unique program includes 4 hours of didactic learning followed by 4 hours of experiential group role play activities with an actual judge and attorney in a real court room in Volusia County, Florida.  Attendees who elect to stay for the Expert Witness Academy save $100 (reducing the rate from $275 got $175).  Click here for details.


    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 for at least one full year (associate, intern, and provisional license status will not meet this requirement unless the applicant is legally permitted to diagnose and treat mental disorders without being under the supervision of another licensed mental health professional), submit proof of malpractice insurance, document 40 hours of forensic-related training and/or experience (e.g., CEs, 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 CE 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 Founder and President 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.

    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.


    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, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, and forensic behavioral analysis. 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 and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association and President and Chair of Education, Training Standards, and Continuing Education for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the Consulting Editor for AMHCA’s The Advocate Magazine.  He also works at Integrity Counseling, a group private practice, providing therapy, forensic and clinical evaluation, and clinical supervision to mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist interns as a Qualified Supervisor. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the counseling profession, specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depressive disorders, and substance abuse treatment. He is recognized as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and 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.  An experienced writer, presenter, and trainer, he has been published in Addiction Professional, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, and The Advocate Magazine, the official magazine of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.


    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.

    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • NBFE Headquarters, 595 W. Granada Blvd., Suite H, Ormond Beach, FL 32174, Volusia County Courthouse at 101 N. Alabama Blvd., DeLand, FL 32724, or online
    Register


         


    Nervous About Testifying in Court?

    Want to Step Up Your Game?

    This Training is for YOU!




    In partnership with the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive Expert Witness Academy training workshop at NBFE Headquarters in Ormond Beach, Florida or online via live webinar broadcast for clinicians who can't attend in person.  NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

    Forensic mental health evaluation is a meaningful, impactful, lucrative, and rewarding specialization in the mental health professions, but so many mental health professionals feel intimidated by the prospect of testifying in court as an expert witness.  Reading books and watching lectures may help a little, but nothing prepares a clinician more for court than experience.  That's where this training comes in!

    The morning segment will take place at NBFE's headquarters, where a multimedia presentation will be used to help prepare attendees for the courtroom.  The afternoon segment will take place at the nearby Volusia County Courtroom, where attendees will take turns role-playing with an actual judge and actual attorney, answering difficult and challenging questions on the stand! 

    What could better prepare you for taking the stand?  Our guess...nothing!  


    Goals of the Academy:

    1. Prepare adequately for courtroom testimony
    2. Become more comfortable with the courtroom process
    3. Experience live direct and cross examination from a licensed attorney 
    4. Understand what to prepare for court
    5. Develop credibility, confidence, likability and authenticity

    The participants will get an appreciation, in a real-live courtroom, with a real judge and attorney, and experience the attorney-traps and how to artfully respond.  They will get a deeper understanding of courtroom protocol and how to avoid disqualification of their report and testimony.  They will experience role-play in an actual courtroom in Deland, Florida where practicing attorneys and judges work-daily with real cases.  

    Volusia County Courthouse, Deland, FL

    Through the auspices of the Volusia County Court Administrator, Mark Weinburg, Judge Dawn Nichols and Kim Banister, Esq., we will have first-hand true-experience of what it feels like to be examined and react to this experience in real-life.


    Learning Objectives

    Participants will:

    1. Prepare for deposition
    2. Develop appropriate qualifications as an expert witness
    3. Prepare for direct examination
    4. Prepare for cross-examination
    5. Prepare for your record examination
    6. Understand and prepare for Voir-dire
    7. Organize a report
    8. Practice specific responses
    9. Engage in pretrial preparation
    10. Create a Cue Book (Book of Everything)
    11. Appreciate appropriate courtroom dress and décor 
    12. Understanding “sequestration”
    13. Understand the definition of amicus curiae
    14. Understand heresay and ex parte
    15. Experience a self-analysis via video recording


    Cost

    • $300 for non-members
    • $275 for Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) and CFMHE applicants/candidates
    • $275 for members of any organization that partners with NBFE (see Professional Partners for full listing)
    • $175 for attendees who register for the CFMHE workshop that takes place the day prior to this event at NBFE Headquarters (creating a 2-day workshop).  Click here for details of workshop.


    About the Presenters


    Dr. Norman Hoffman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Founder and President 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.

    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.



    Judge Dawn D. Nichols currently presides over one of the DeLand felony divisions in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.  She started her career as a public defender and was a private practitioner in Volusia & Flagler Counties for 20 years.  She was appointed to the judiciary in 2014.  


    Kim Banister, Esq.  is a private attorney with a practice centering on family law, domestic violence, dependency and probate. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.  Ms. Banister has worked primarily in the Volusia and Flagler County areas for the past eleven years. She has also represented clients in Citrus, Osceola, Seminole, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and Clay Counties.  She is the former managing attorney for the family law division of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF). During her tenure at CLSMF, she managed seven attorneys and support staff in twelve counties across Central Florida and was named Outstanding Supervisor of the Year.  

    Ms. Banister received her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology and a minor in Museum Curation and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with certification in Applied Archaeology from George Mason University, graduating with honors from both universities.

    Kim is also actively involved in a variety of community and professional organizations.  She is the current President of the Volusia County Bar Association and a former Executive Board member.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Volusia Flagler PACE Center for Girls, serving for six years, and a past member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.  


    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 with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-765806 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

    Click here for NBFE Cancellation/Refund Policy.

Past events

05 May 2020 NBFE/LPCA-GA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
28 Feb 2020 DSM-5 Resources for Differential Diagnosis
06 Feb 2020 NBFE/FMHCA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
10 Jan 2020 Ethics Update: Ethical Issues in Forensic Mental Health Evaluation
06 Dec 2019 The Clinician's Guide to Conceptualizing and Assessing Personality Disorders
25 Oct 2019 Reviewing Social Investigations and Forensic Reports
04 Oct 2019 NBFE/WMHCA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
23 Aug 2019 Introduction to Immigration Evaluations
16 Aug 2019 NBFE/MHCAPB Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
26 Jul 2019 Introduction to Comprehensive Psychosexual Evaluations
31 May 2019 NBFE/FMHCA/GCMHCA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
17 May 2019 A Unified Partnership Between Attorney and Mental Health Counselor
05 Apr 2019 How to Write a Successful Clinical or Forensic Report
22 Mar 2019 Fun with Z-Codes: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosing Non-Disorders
01 Mar 2019 How to Conduct a Comprehensive Mental Status Examination
31 Jan 2019 NBFE/FMHCA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training
25 Jan 2019 How to Use Free Online Assessment Measures for Mental Health Evaluations
14 Jan 2019 Tips for Enhancing Your Forensic Mental Health Practice
26 Oct 2018 How to Conduct a Quality Substance Abuse Evaluation
19 Oct 2018 NBFE/ECMHCA/FMHCA Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training

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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