Reviewing Social Investigations and Forensic Reports
This interactive workshop teaches you how to draft superior reports. The course contains practical and specific bullet-point advice along with numerous examples of both poor and effective report language. You will leave the course with extensive role-playing examples and a set of action steps to follow and provide you help to write more powerful, persuasive and defensible reports.
- The participant will be provided valuable information on the structure of the Forensic Reports.
- The participant will have the skills and tools to write a Bullet Proof Forensic Report.
- There will be ample examples of problems with the Forensic Report.
- The participant will be provided rationale for the importance of Collateral Contacts.
- Each participant will be provided information on how attorneys attmept to disqualify your report.
- Each participant will be provided the Ten most frequent faults in forensic report writing.
- The participants will provided role playing examples of attorney traps by forensic mental health experts as well as by an esteemed family law attorney.
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. Attendance is $30 for non-members.
About the Presenters
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.
She has also served as a two-term President as well as Vice President and Board Member for the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, and served on the State Board for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She has served on the steering committee for the formation of Sally’s Safe Haven Visitation Center in Flagler County. Ms. Banister is a past volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and served in leadership with the Girl Scouts of America for over seven years.
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 workshop has been approved for 2 contact hours with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-738910 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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