National Board 

of Forensic 


Business Practices of Forensic Mental Health Evaluation (4 CEs)

  • 12 Apr 2022
  • 03 Oct 2050
  • Online On-Demand


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  • Select this option if you are a member of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (i.e., CFMHE, applicant, or candidate) or you are a member of an organization that partners with NBFE (see for full list)


Learn Business Tips and Strategies from 4 Successful Forensic Mental Health Evaluators!

Description: A forensic mental health evaluator can do a wonderful job of gaining expertise and writing a quality report yet fall short when it comes to generating business referrals, promoting their services, networking with referral sources, determining how much to charge, and other important aspects of running a forensic practice.  This 4-hour "on demand" workshop was designed to help to bridge this gap in forensic mental health evaluation.  The webinar consists of viewing recordings of two separate two-hour webinars featuring four successful and prominent forensic mental health evaluators in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia recorded with a live audience in 2017 and 2019. Presenters will offer various tips and strategies for how to manage business aspects of a forensic practice.  Attendees will also receive a link to download PDFs of slides, a sample fee schedule, and a sample professional curriculum vitae (CV).

Note: After viewing the videos, attendees must complete a 10-question post-webinar quiz based on the webinar slides and pass with a score of 80% to receive a continuing education certificate.  

Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Learn methods of gaining more referrals.

Objective 2: Learn how to develop an attractive resume designed for the forensic arena.

Objective 3: Become more cognizant of what attorneys are looking for in a forensic evaluator.

Objective 4: Explore the importance of identifying a lucrative and marketable niche.

Objective 5: Identify strategies for determining how much to charge for a forensic evaluation.

About the Presenters

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

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.

Michael Jeffrey, LPC, LMFT, CFMHE

Michael F Jeffrey was an army brat and traveled the US and ended up graduating high school in Paris, France. After college he became a VA Probation and Parole Officer for the next 31 years. While a PO he became fascinated with drugs and addiction and eventually wrote the syllabus used by probation and parole serviced for their basic drug and alcohol training and taught the class for 12 years. Realizing he also had a fascination for mental health he became an LPC a year before he retired in 1999.

Six months after retirement he was hired on this third passion Death Sentence Mitigation. He has worked 14 capital cases in federal and state courts since 1999. He is a Licensed Family and Family Therapist and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received his certification as a Forensic Mental Health Evaluator two years ago. He is qualified as an expert witness in both drug/alcohol assessment ad treatment and mental health diagnosis and treatment in 8 circuit courts in VA and in two federal courts. He is also president of the Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors.


Michael Holler is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, a Certified Child Custody Evaluator, a Qualified Parenting Coordinator, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and a Certified Family and County Mediator. Michael has a private practice in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Michael has been working with individuals, families, couples and organizations for over 25 years. Michael is also a Neurofeedback provider. Michael has worked in inpatient psychiatric, community mental health and private practice settings; Michael has worked as an adjunct professor in psychology at Florida Keys Community College. Michael was President of the Upper Keys Interagency Council in 1997. Michael was the first Intensive Onsite Services Counselor in the State of Florida. Michael is the Past President and Ethics Committee Chair of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. Michael has developed a 12-hour High Conflict Resolution Parent Education Course, which was approved by the Chief Judge of Monroe County, Florida. Michael conducted his own research and evaluation on the Direct/Inferential Model of Communication in both his senior project (bachelor’s level) and his Masters Thesis. For his Senior Project on this subject Michael was awarded Second Prize in the Undergraduate Research Competition of the Missouri Psychological Association. In cooperation with the Deputy Clerk of Monroe County Court, Michael developed a Social Investigation Program for the Monroe County Court. Michael is a former musician (Guitarist & Singer) and continues to perform as a hobby. Michael also was a former Master Scuba Instructor, and was the author of an article published in the Fourth Quarter 1994 issue of the Undersea Journal of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), entitled: The Psychological Aspects of Rescue Management.

Dr. Tommy Black is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice since 1998. Currently he serves as a member of the Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists. He also serves as the Chair of the Rules Committee and on the Advisory Panel for the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.  Dr. Black has extensive experience and training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, REBT, and DBT.  He works with a myriad of life issues but has particular expertise in Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Impulse Control Issues, Relationship difficulties, and Adjustment Difficulties.  A veteran of the Gulf War (1990-1991) while serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Black has years of personal and professional experience in understanding and helping others cope with the specific trials of military services for active duty individuals and their families.

About the Moderator

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, Journal of Individual Psychology, 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 4.0 contact hours with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking #  20-647891 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

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