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Fact Vs. Expert Witness: Do's and Don'ts of Giving Testimony in the Courtroom (1.5 CEs • CE Broker Tracking # 20-563934 • ACEP No.6189)

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


  • 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 www.nbfe.net/partners for full list)
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Whether you want to explore forensic mental health evaluation as a career option, or you just want to be prepared in the event that you are ever subpoenaed to testify in court as a mental health professional,  this free 90-minute webinar is an excellent way to get informed or updated. 

Learning Objectives:

(1) Learn how to prepare credible credentials.

(2) Ensure proper preparation for court.

(3) Understand and appreciate attorney "traps."

(4) Understand the Daubert Standard of expert witness testimony compared to the Frye Standard.

(5) Understand the differences between an expert and fact witness.

About the Presenters

Richard Stride, Psy.D., MBA, LPC, LMHC, CFMHE

Richard J. Stride, Psy.D., MBA, LPC, LMHC has been providing forensic mental health services to attorneys and courts since 1996. He has been an expert witness in over 100 cases and consulted in over 150 cases. He is the current CEO at Cascade Mental Health Care, Centralia, WA.

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

At first glance, a clinic, a courtroom, and a nightclub have little in common. One offers treatment; one hears testimony, and one echoes timbre and tempo long into the night. Yet, surface dissimilarities have proven no barrier to Dr. Norman Hoffman. A licensed professional marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, certified forensic evaluator, and accomplished jazz musician, over the course of his career, Dr. Hoffman has pioneered the integration of these seemingly separate studies to become a leading authority on child development, music therapy, and forensic evaluation as well as the author of a groundbreaking book that could change the way parents raise their children.  Additionally, recognizing that all too often the therapists closest to a family’s troubles were scrutinized regarding credentials and even denied recognition when testifying in a court of law, Hoffman utilized his own experience as an expert courtroom witness in mental health, childhood custody, and competency evaluations to establish the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) in 2003.  NBFE offers a rigorous forensic evaluator training and certification program for therapists and is the only forensic mental health counselors credentialing organization recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.  Today, as Clinical Director of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Hoffman continues to break through conventional barriers to provide families with the help and guidance they need. But he has not forgotten his musical foundation. He credits music with inspiring his collaborative approach to working with parents and professionals, and he continues to perform and write the jazz that started it all.

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 1.5 contact hours with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Tracking # 20-563934 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

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