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Please note that as of the summer of 2020, NBFE discontinued its newsletter, but we continue to post newsworthy items here on our news page.  To view the archived newsletters page, click here.

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  • 10 Jun 2021 1:54 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and NBFE collaborated to create and publish a set of standards for knowledge and skills of mental health professionals specializing in forensic evaluations.  This publication is a historic event, marking the first occasion in which a national counseling association has established standards for the specialty of forensic evaluation.  The full copy of AMHCA's Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be downloaded by clicking here (forensic evaluation standards can be found on page 38 through 40). 

  • 01 Jun 2021 11:14 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    Kimberly Soban, Ph.D., LPC, a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credentialed by NBFE, was recognized in a recent Yahoo News article for her contributions to forensic mental health evaluation:

    "Soban is one of only four individuals in North Carolina — and one of only 122 in the country — to be certified through the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.  'You only have to look at the daily headlines and listen to the news to know the work she's doing is critical,' says MHA Director Ellen Cochran."

    Read the full article by clicking here.  

  • 10 Mar 2021 10:21 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    The National Board of Forensic Evaluators is pleased to announced that the Louisiana Counseling Association has now been added to our list of professional partners.  LCA members can now enjoy NBFE "members only" perks, such as free/complimentary attendance at select live NBFE webinar events, discounted "members only" rates for on-demand webinars and homestudies, and a discounted fee for the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential.  Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about joint NBFE-LCA training events in the future!

  • 09 Feb 2021 12:13 AM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)


    Dr. Rebecca Cowen, one of NBFE's Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs), co-authored a study questioning whether the role of mental health problems in mass shootings has been underestimated.  Dr. Cowen and her colleague, Dr. Adam Lankford, conducted statistical analyses of 171 mass shooters from 1966 to 2019.  Their findings were published in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.  Read it by clicking here.  

  • 24 Jan 2021 4:07 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    Antisocial Personality Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder often co-occur, making differential diagnosis important.  In this article, Dr. Norman Hoffman (NBFE's President and Founder), Dr. Valerie Watt (NBFE's Vice-President and Chair of the Oral Examination Committee), and Aaron Norton (NBFE's Executive Director) collaborated on a unique article that funnels differential diagnosis of these two pathologies through a psychodynamic lens.  The article was published in the December 2020 issue of Counselor Magazine, a peer-reviewed professional magazine.  Click here to read it!

  • 28 Dec 2020 3:44 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)

    Member Spotlight: NBFE's First CFMHE

    Gilbert Robbins III, LPC, MAC, SAP

    On November 24, 2004, Gilbert Robbins III made history as the first mental health professional to ever be certified by NBFE. That's right--his certification number is 000001! Gilbert graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Arts in Counseling in 1997 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the International Institute of Clinical Sexology. He has numerous professionalcertifications in the counseling profession, was appointed by the Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama in 1996 as Program Coordinator for the Birmingham Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit, and has worked in his private practice at The Counseling Center in Birmingham since 1998, where he provides psychotherapy, forensic consultation, forensic evaluation, psychological testing, and critical incident response. He has been deemed an expert witness in several Alabama Family Courts, State District Courts, and the Federal Court in Georgia, and he previously served as a contracted Independent Program Evaluator for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Click here for information on how to refer to him.

  • 21 Dec 2020 3:55 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)


    What a rough political season! Are you exhausted? Or maybe feeling self- righteous?  What's it like to work with a client whose political ideology leaks into therapy room, especially when the client's political ideology is different than your own?  How can clinicians help their clients to be reasonable with themselves, their loved ones, and others?  What can help clinicians when they're frustrated during and after elections?  Read more by clicking here. Also, watch a video recording of the author offering his perspective at AMHCA's Managing Values Conflicts Post-Election broadcast.

  • 28 Oct 2020 3:51 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)


    This award is intended to honor and recognize outstanding service contributing to the professional concerns of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and its members.

    Watch a video recording of AMHCA's Award Ceremony by clicking here.

  • 06 Oct 2020 11:39 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)



    The death of George Floyd in May 2020, as well as numerous other violent and tragic encounters with police caught on camera, have sparked increased awareness and interest in police violence, racial injustice, and the need for police reform.  In addition to implicit racial bias and systemic racism, police burnout has been cited as one contributor to police violence, and police burnout may be rising currently in relation to increased demands on police officers during periods of civil unrest, especially in larger metropolitan areas.  Three of NBFE's Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators co-authored an article published in the Spring 2020 issue of the American Mental Health Counselors Association's The Advocate Magazine on how clinical mental health counselors can play a role in addressing this issue.  Click here to read it!

  • 04 Jul 2020 6:46 PM | Aaron Norton (Administrator)


    In the newly released Spring-Summer issue of The Advocate Magazine, the official magazine of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), NBFE Southern Regional Director Ekom Essien and Executive Director Aaron Norton published articles providing mental health professionals with guidance, resources, and important practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to access the COVID-19 section of the magazine.  

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