Forensic mental health evaluations have historically been under the
dominion of psychiatrists and psychologists. The American Board of
Forensic Psychology, established in 1978, restricts its membership
candidates to doctoral degrees in psychology accredited by APA, CPA, or
doctoral programs meeting designated criteria specific to psychologists.
Similarly, in order to become a forensic psychiatrist, one must
first be a board certified psychiatrist, successfully graduate from
medical school, perform an internship of one-year, and meet other closely
related regulations that are designated criteria specific to psychiatry.
Historically, only two mental health professions, psychiatry
and psychology, were considered by the legal and mental health
field, qualified to perform forensic mental health evaluations.
There are over two-hundred thousand, licensed, (non-psychiatrists
--psychologists) mental health professionals in the United
States. Many of whom are looking towards obtaining specialized
certification training and stature in providing forensic mental
health evaluations, and expert court testimony. Therefore,
it became necessary to develop a credible and professionally
recognized training/certification process for licensed mental
NBFE was initially established in 2003 to enhance
skills of licensed mental health professionals and forensic
counselors, otherwise not effectively trained, or recognized
by the public or private sector, as well as by the legal or
mental health field. Eligible candidates will be professionally
recognized and nationally credentialed with NBFE certification.
In 2009 NBFE became a not-for-profit charitable corporation.
NBFE was established to promote and serve the continuing
education needs of licensed mental health professionals and
forensic counselors nationally. Additionally, NBFE serves
families of difficult children by providing specialized treatment
plans. This is accomplished through a professional team approach
used to assess and diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity
disorders, autism, disruptive behaviors, oppositional defiant
disorders, and various other problematic child behavioral