National Board 

of Forensic 


COVID-19 Resources for Mental Health Professionals in the U.S. ("On Demand" Webinar)

  • 05 Apr 2020
  • 4:05 PM
  • 05 Apr 2030
  • 1:00 PM
  • Online (Gotowebinar)


  • 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


Did you miss NBFE's 1-hour webinar on COVID-19 resources for mental health professionals?  

As a service to mental health professionals who are partnered with NBFE, we have converted the webinar into a free "on demand" webinar for mental health professionals interested in learning about COVID-19-related resources and strategies for clinical or forensic practice.  

If you are not a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE), an applicant/candidate seeking certification, and are not a member of a professional association that partners with NBFE (e.g., AMHCA), the webinar is available at a reduced rate of $5 to cover administrative expenses of CE processing.

The COVID-9 pandemic has raised multiple issues and concerns for mental health professionals, such as:

  1. Should I keep seeing clients in my office?
  2. How do I get set up for telehealth?
  3. How do I conduct forensic evaluations while still practicing social distancing?
  4. Am I an "essential worker" during a quarantine?
  5. How do I treat clients with OCD and anxiety disorders during a pandemic?
  6. How do I balance the importance of clients taking this pandemic seriously on one hand while still supporting a sense of hope, resilience, and optimism on the other?

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate reasonable precautions to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Review current changes in laws and standards affecting mental health professionals, COVID-19 response, and telehealth.  
  3. List several resources for continued COVID-19 updates for mental health professionals.   


This "on demand" webinar 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 you are not a member of a partnering organization, the cost is $5.

About the Presenters


Ekom Essien, is a licensed professional counselor, forensic evaluator, consultant, skilled presenter, and educator in Georgia.  Ekom has over ten years of experience as a counselor, and seven years as an instructor.  He began his work as a counselor shortly after obtaining his graduate education in counseling and psychology from Troy University and he has worked in many settings including inpatient hospitals, community counseling settings, accountability courts, and private practice. Ekom’s work experiences led him to becoming a mental health care consultant and his desire to improve mental healthcare, led him to consulting for Southern Regional Medical Center to develop systems of care for patients who present with mental health complaints in the emergency room.  In his current counseling practice at Verity, LLC, Ekom serves a diverse demographic.  He recently expanded his practice to include forensic clinical mental health evaluations to help address the need for reliable and high-quality mental health evaluations for people who appear before the court.  He serves as the Southern Regional Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.

Outside of his counseling practice, Ekom enjoys teaching and is working to advance the field by investing in professional counseling candidates.  He spent the beginning of his career working as an adjunct psychology instructor at Columbus Technical College, where he introduced students to major concepts in contemporary psychology.  More recently, Ekom has collaborated with University of West Georgia and Capella University as a clinical site supervisor for student interns.  His commitment to training counseling interns was recognized and he was the recipient of the University of West Georgia’s Distinguished Mentor Award in 2018. 

Ekom currently resides in the Metro Atlanta area with his wife and two daughters. He is involved in youth mentoring and is a partner in the Basil Me company which promotes physical and mental wellness while providing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to adolescents through agriculture. 


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 Southeastern 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 in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, and Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019.  

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, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 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 webinar has been approved for 1.0 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Tracking # 20-773602 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

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