National Board 

of Forensic 


A Unified Partnership Between Attorney and Mental Health Counselor (1 CE)

  • 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 for full list)
  • Choose this option if you are an NBFE board member, staff, or committee chair, or an employee of Darsey Black & Associates.
  • Select this option if you not a member of NBFE nor any partnering organization


Mentally ill or addicted patients that are also facing legal troubles need a multi-dimensional support system in order to have the best chance of success both inside and outside the courtroom. In my experience I’ve noticed that there is usually a lack of partnership and communication between attorney and mental health counselor/therapist that is often detrimental to both the patient and the court system. This 1-hour presentation is focused on giving you an in-depth overview of how the criminal justice system works for defendants. It will focus on:

  • The arrest process 
  • Getting a person into mental health/drug court
  • Mental health/drug court process 
  • Additional/different requirements for this population that regular defendants don’t face
  • Complying with mental health/drug court
  • Pitfalls of these specialized courts
  • The discrepancy between what may be best for the patient vs. what is best for the judge, and how more education can help remedy that.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to establish an effective partnership with your client's attorney that will help his/her case.
  2. Explore how to navigate the criminal justice system and develop an understanding of what your client is going through.
  3. Identify the pitfalls of the justice system/mental health court and how serious misunderstandings/lack of education hurt your client's case.


$15 for CFMHEs, CFMHE applicants/candidates, and members of any associations partnered with NBFE (see Professional Partners page for a complete list)

$25 for non-members

About the Presenter

Adam Rossen, Esq.

An award-winning attorney and former prosecutor with over 10 years of experience in both criminal and DUI law, Adam is a skilled lawyer who takes a multi-dimensional approach to get his clients the best results possible. Adam believes attorneys are named “counselors” for a reason: because their impact needs to go beyond the law. A high school basketball coach for over 10 years, Adam is a mentor and motivator who keeps his clients involved and on track all the way through so they'll continue to see long-term success well after their case is over. A life-long South Florida resident, Adam has spent his entire career practicing here. He's successfully conducted over 50 jury trials and has handled hundreds of DUI, criminal and domestic violence cases. A frequent lecturer, Adam regularly speaks on DUI, criminal law, and drugs, drug court and addiction at various institutions including DUI schools, Broward College, FAU, and a number of mental health treatment facilities.

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 Counseling, CE Broker Tracking # 20-708538 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823). 

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

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